Author writes for herself

The book follows the story of a New Zealander who goes over to fight in the Vietnam war.

"I like to write what I like to read, and I figure if I'd like to read it than other people will want to read it as well."

Sleep tight, tight five

The Chiefs were below their best but it was enough.

Below their best but through, jetlagged Chiefs forwards face a mighty battle against Crusaders.

Valuable win for Team Taranaki

Wairarapa United's Paul Ifill misses the ball as Team Taranaki's Dom Squatriti looks to make contact with it.

There were plenty of goals and cards to both sides during the match.

Defending champ does business in Opunake Cup

Jockey Johnathan Parkes aboard Longchamp wins the Opunake Cup for the second successive year.

Longchamp digs in deep to make it back-to-back Opunake Cups.

Rosewood blooms on favourite track

Apprentice jockey Rebecca Goldsbury had a good day at New Plymouth winning on Rosewood and Lectio Divinia.

Filly goes three from three on her favourite track.

Five generations celebrate matriarch's 100th birthday

Doris Dixon with two of her sons two days before her 100th birthday.

Spirited great-great-grandmother a true matriarch.

Horse chiropractor visit pays off for Katie McKeen

Katie McKeen broiught up win No 10.

New Plymouth trainer delighted with win.

High steaks for cattle breeders

Jacqueline and Robin Blackwell have a friendly rivalry.

It's just as much about bragging rights at home as it is about national recognition for the Blackwell family.

Light pole hit and run

Police were alerted to the incident and located the driver a short time later.

The poll was left blocking an intersection.

Chiefs weather the Stormers video

Shaun Stevenson goes in for the match-clinching try as the Chiefs edged past the Stormers in their quarterfinal in Cape Town.

Aaron Cruden delivers cut out pass to sink the Stormers in final minutes of man-of-the-match performance.

NZ's first virtual medical centre

Dr Lance O'Sullivan is running the pilot project in Patea.

Patea's only doctor left, so the small town is now embracing new virtual technology to find a solution to its vacancy.

Talkative cookies 10 years in the making video

Mookies are "motivational cookies" that offer people funny quips and inspirational quotes.

Do you think the fortune cookie saw this coming?

Cancer claim horse bolts

A bottle of PureCure's Te Kiri Gold, which retails for $100.

Documents show Medsafe knew of claimed cancer-killing water Te Kiri Gold months before acting. Too late, critics say.

Fallen soldier remembered

Ralph Doughty, of Stratford, Taranaki, was awarded the Military Cross for his heroic actions in World War One.

The difference between life and death was a matter of seconds for a Kiwi soldier who died 100 years ago.

Art Deco medium of solid support

Art Deco's main goal in this campaign is Sunday's rescheduled Opunake Cup.

Rescheduled Opunake Cup draws field full of chances with Art Deco punters' elect.

Chiefs not focused on farewells

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says the team aren't focusing on rallying together to try and send the departees out on a high.

Any game now could be the last for several stalwarts, but the Chiefs aren't using departures as motivation.

From reporter to magical nanny

Not quite as graceful as Mary Poppins, but reporter Tara Shaskey gets a first-hand lesson on the production's flying stunts.

Mary Poppins is just a little bit magical. And that doesn't come easy or cheap.

Chiefs player denied SA entry

Alex Nankivell of the Chiefs.

Chiefs midfielder Alex Nankivell denied entry to South Africa owing to a visa expiry date error.

NZ ahead of the pack

Zac Reid was among the medal winners for New Zealand early in the Youth Commonwealth Games.

The Kiwis have 14 medals in three days of competition at the Youth Commonwealth Games.

$20k/$1.5m pre-nup split unfair

The High Court has upheld a lower court decision for a couple to equal property shares after separating

A pre-nuptial agreement gave one partner $20,000, and the other partner $1.5 million worth of assets.

Labour calls in foreign aid

Michael Greenhough and David Burch are staying with New Plymouth Labour candidate Corie Haddock and said they are ...

Two overseas students have been brought in by Labour to help whip the party's campaign into shape.

Terrier looking for a friend

Mocha, a highland terrier/poodle cross, loves going on walks and would love another dog to walk with.

Mocha is looking for a new walking companion after losing her best friend.

Truck blocks highway

The trailer of a large truck has rolled and was blocking half of SH3 near Waitotara in Taranaki on Friday.

One lane was blocked on SH3 near Waitotara after a truck crash on Friday morning.

160-year-old building's new roof

The New Plymouth District Council decided in January to use shingles instead of corrugated iron on the Gables under ...

The Gables Gallery's shiny new roof looks the part, thanks to 20,000 new shingles

Enjoy Taranaki, judge suggests

When Troy Gilchrist asked what he could do until his sentence started, Judge Chris Sygrove told him he could relax, or ...

A judge told a window-smasher to "enjoy the wonders of Taranaki" before his sentence starts.

Bad starts need to be a thing of the past

Former Wellington Phoenix striker Paul Ifil is a likely starter for Wairarapa United against Team Taranaki.

Team Taranaki have to stop chasing the game.

Car fire in New Plymouth

Michael McLeod, 18, cleans up after his car was broken into overnight on Pendarves Street.

Lock your car and take your valuables with you.

Skills for a healthy future

Carol Wham PhD NZRD
Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Massey

Does your intermediate child know how to cook a basic, healthy meal? And why does it matter.

Contented in Tikorangi

The cave had mysterious myths abut it but turned out to be a simple earth-moving creation.

This garden is a treasure as are the people who created it.

Defending champions in ominous form

Naumai wing attack Cora van den Bos looks for support during their premier netball game against Tysons at the TSB Stadium.

Another one-sided game for Tysons.

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