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Taranaki squads revealed

Chiefs, and Inglewood Rugby Club, forward Mitch Brown will captain the Taranaki Bulls in the Mitre 10 Cup championship.

There is a bit of everything in the Taranaki Bulls and Whio provincial rugby squad selections.

Teen needs $10k for life-changing surgery

Best has been in hospital three days every week and has been chemically flatlined nine times due to her heart condition.

Kaitlin Best has had her heart chemically flatlined nine times in one year. Now she needs $10,000 for a life-changing procedure.

Taranaki farmers take on rural pests

More New Plymouth schools were becoming involved in predator free projects.

More than 2000 predator traps cover almost 14000 ha of farmland between New Plymouth and Egmont National Park.

Chemical spill in south Taranaki

Fire crews attended a chemical spill at Taranaki Bio Extracts in Okaiawa on Monday afternoon.

Area of Taranaki Bio Extracts workplace evacuated and isolated.

Is gummy bear wrap the way of the future?

Zoe Hickford and Grace O'Dowda created edible Glad wrap from gummy bears for their science fair project.

Plastic waste? Here's an idea to get your teeth into.

Protecting Puniho Pā from pests

Ray MacDonald and his daughter Waimirirangi at work.

 So far they've caught eight mice, three weasels and three rats.

Dog on loose after attack

A hunt is on for a rogue dog, possible a Rhodeisan ridgeback or bull mastiff cross, which attacked a woman on July 9. ...

 A woman was hospitalised and the dog responsible has not been found.

Green School site takes shape

A driveway, paths and parking areas on the Koru Rd site have been laid.

The world's second Green School is planting roots in Taranaki in more ways than one.

Redecorating Taranaki

Jennifer Laracy and Sam Kelly want to create artifacts for the region as part of their Redecorating Taranaki project.

Two jewellers are hoping to make history in Taranaki through their trade.

Stratford takes speedway awards

Tyler Walker, pictured here in his car after winning another race last season, picked up the awards for Stockcar ...

Stratford was the top volunteer-run speedway and two of its club's competitors and a photographer were also recognised.

Teen still critical after crash

A teenager remains in critical condition after the car he was travelling in hit a power pole in Bell Block on Sunday ...

Teen in intensive care as investigation into serious crash continues.

A lifestyle to dye for

Sharon Albrechtsen, of Eltham, combines being a business startup consultant and tie-dye artist.

Sharon Albrechtsen is making the world a brighter place, one tie dyed shirt at a time.

Top darts players come to NZ

Mark Cleaver began playing darts because of his parents, now the club is like family to him.

Some of the world's rising darts stars will be in New Plymouth in September.

Nothing to like about 'likes'

The pursuit of "likes" turned Instagram into a popularity contest. Removing that function is a step in the right direction.

OPINION: Instagram is currently testing a new feature that hides "like" counts. That's a good thing.

Hit-and-run driver at large

Anna Roguski has been recuperating at her parents' Stratford farm since she was hit by a car in the early hours of July ...

Anna Roguski was walking home from work when she was hit by a car. No-one knows who was behind the wheel.

Former world champ's new coaching gig

Clifton Rowing Club's Manawa McLaughlin, 19, is one of the rowers who will benefit under the guidance of new head coach ...

A household name thanks to her rowing prowess, Philippa Baker-Hogan is bringing her skills to small town Taranaki.

All eyes on iwi over bypass plan

The new route over Mt Messenger has been argued as being a game-changer for the Taranaki economy. (File image)

There is a lot riding on the Mt Messenger bypass for all involved, but for different reasons.

Car versus barrier on Mt Messenger

A crash occurred about 400 metres north of Mt Messenger tunnel about 1.50pm on Sunday.

There have been no reports of injuries, a police communications spokeswoman said.

Man critically injured in crash

Police, fire and ambulance were called about 3.40am after a car hit a power pole on Pohutukawa Pl in Bell Block on Sunday.

First aider helped badly injured man at the scene: "He was pretty badly broken up."

Kitchen designer wins awards

Award-winning kitchen designer Annika Rowson, of Rowsons Kitchens in New Plymouth.

Kitchen designer praised for her "visually stunning" work.

Painting for NZ's posterity

Law paints in situ and at his home in the Auckland suburb of Mt Eden.

Artist plans to spend the next 30 years painting every historic building in NZ.

Farewell party turns funeral

Elizabeth Bridgeman, pictured with the portrait she painted of her late husband Noel, has fond memories of the man.

A Taranaki teacher with leukemia planned to celebrate his life with friends. With hours to go, the party became a funeral.

Fundraiser not for fainthearted

Deputy principal of Manaia School Kepa Grindlay (in blue) and his son Meihana lift a stillborn calf into their trailer.

Casualty calves, one of the realities of the annual calving season, are a valued fundraiser for rural schools.

Pregnant women urged to get flu jab

Taranaki District Health Board midwife Sadie Jury is urging pregnant women to protect themselves from the flu this ...

There are a range of changes that occur during pregnancy that increase flu risk, a midwife has warned.

Kitchen fire in New Plymouth

About 7.30pm on Friday, fire services were called to a New Plymouth address where there was a fire in the kitchen.

Three fire crews attended the fire, having to force their way into the premises.

Retreating into nature

The simplicity of nature brings a sense of peace to Tabatha's home.

A botanical art class with Dr Tabatha Forbes is like a two-day meditation retreat focused on nature.

Moon landings remembered

Joyce gave her youngest son the middle name Aldrin in honour of astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

While American astronauts took their first steps out of this world, four Taranaki babies made their way into it.

Bridges chats with retirees

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges spoke at the Plymouth International Hotel on Friday.

Suzuki Swifts and the oil and gas ban were on the agenda in New Plymouth.

Tree trimmers sentencing adjourned

Father and daughter Peter and Amie Cowley will be sentenced in Environment Court at New Plymouth in October for their ...

They knew they needed council permission to trim the 100-year-old protected tree's branches, but did it anyway.

Farmer's whakapapa claim in spotlight

The proposed route cuts through land owned by Ngāti Tama, whenua which was returned to it as part of its Treaty of ...

The Environment Court appeal hearing on the $200m Mt Messenger bypass set to head into second week.

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