Taranaki

Bull calf fundraiser helps next generation

Taranaki farmers are set to put their skills to the test to see who can rear the heaviest bull calf. NZ Young Farmers has overhauled its annual bull calf competition, which now has a $10,000 prize pool. It’s a major fundraiser for the 13 NZ...... Read More

Taranaki women hone shearing skills

A group of Taranaki women has started honing their shearing skills ahead of qualifying rounds for the next Young Farmer of the Year contest. The women are members of Central Taranaki Young Farmers. The club recently crutched 800 hoggets at Guy and...... Read More

Taranaki hospitals full to capacity

The full house signs are being put up at Taranaki hospitals that are experiencing unprecedented patient demand. Taranaki District Health Board chief executive Rosemary Clements said its 290 beds in New Plymouth and Hawera are full. The biggest demand...... Read More

Taranaki club named NZ’s best

Taranaki’s fastest-growing NZ Young Farmers club has picked-up a national award for its work in the community. Central Taranaki Young Farmers has been named New Zealand’s best Young Farmers club. Seven clubs were all vying for the accolade. “We’re...... Read More

Taranaki community fight sugary drinks

Taranaki’s Bell Block community are working together to reduce school children’s consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, through supporting a Taranaki District Health Board initiative called ‘Tap into Water’ which promotes the...... Read More

Missing New Plymouth man found

UPDATED: The elderly man police were searching for in Spotswood, New Plymouth overnight has been found. He was located by a member of the public, who then contacted emergency services, around 8:30am today. "It appears he may have fallen...... Read More

NZ team to play in France named

The New Zealand men’s 3x3 basketball team has been named ahead of the FIBA World Championships, to be held in Nantes, France from June 17 to 21. This announcement follows the International Olympic Committee naming 3x3 as an Olympic sport for...... Read More

Keegan brothers have been at it again

Lepperton bricklayer Scott Keegan won the national title when the New Zealand ATV (all terrain vehicle) Motocross Championships were staged in Taranaki in 2015, but it was his elder brother, 27-year-old Stratford electrician Camo Keegan, who did the...... Read More

Welcome dinners planned for Taranaki farmers

Dairy farmer David Bennie knows what it’s like to move to a new area and not know anyone. In March, he swapped the flat plains of Stirlingshire in Scotland for the hills of Huinga, east of Stratford. “I knew my boss and his wife, that...... Read More

Taranaki crop competition winners crowned

Teamwork and attention to detail has helped an Okaiawa family produce an award-winning fodder beet crop. Barry and Annette Orchard took out first place in the fodder beet category of Taranaki Federated Farmers’ crop competition. The competition...... Read More