Taranaki oil spill cleared - council

Taranaki Regional Council is investigating the source of a diesel spill in the sea near New Plymouth yesterday. The council said the sea off Ngāmotu Beach had been cleared of diesel, and spill containment booms had been removed. Scene commander Bruce...... Read More

Serious crash in Wairakei, Taupo District

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash at the intersection of Wairakei Drive and Huka Falls Road, Wairakei, Taupo District. Police were called to a crash involving two cars at 5.02pm. Early indications are a number of people have been...... Read More

Taranaki swimming hole contamination dismays health officer

The E coli contamination of popular Taranaki swimming holes has saddened the area's medical officer of health, Jonathan Jarman. Swimming spots in King Edward and Windsor Parks on Patea River in Stratford have been off limits since 7 January. Dr...... Read More

Army of volunteers join war on pests in Taranaki

Taranaki residents are snapping up thousands of traps as the province embraces an ambitious initiative to eradicate predators from the mountain's ring plain. Backed with $11 million of government cash, the Towards a Predator Free Taranaki 2050...... Read More

E coli closes popular Taranaki swimming holes

People are being advised to stay out of the water at two popular swimming spots in Taranaki because of elevated E coli levels. The Stratford District Council has put up signs advising contact with the water at Patea River swimming holes in King Edward...... Read More

Surfers gather in Taranaki for national champs

Surfers aged between nine and 72 years old have been rubbing shoulders with World Surf League competitor Ricardo Christie at the National Championships in Taranaki this week. A last-minute entry, Christie is one of more that 330 entrants competing...... Read More

Surf course empowering youth with mental resilience

Surfing is often seen as the preserve of athletic beach-blonde guys and girls who are able to handle the power of the ocean with ease, but now a programme in Taranaki is tapping into surf culture to teach self-confidence and resilience to people from...... Read More

$22.3 million Powerball win

The year may have just begun, but 2019 will already be a year to remember for a lucky player who won $22.3 million with Powerball First Division in tonight's live Lotto draw. The winning ticket was sold at Inglewood Bookcentre in Inglewood and is...... Read More

Punters hope Stratford race day not the last

Punters in the small Taranaki town of Stratford are hoping today's race meeting will not be the last to be held there. Stratford is one of two clubs in Taranaki identified in an independent report given to Racing Minister Winston Peters, which...... Read More