Hundreds of lightning strikes have lit up the Taranaki sky

Heavy rain is making driving treacherous in Taranaki and hundreds of lightning strikes have lit up the sky today. MetService issued a heavy rain warning and said between 70 and 100mm could accumulate on Mt Taranaki between now and 11pm, and up to 80mm...... Read More

Man charged following New Plymouth assault

A 55-year-old man will appear in court next week in relation to an assault in New Plymouth. About 4.20pm on Wednesday, two men were struck with a baseball bat outside the Mill Liquor Save on Powderham Street. Both received significant injuries, says...... Read More

$11.7 million for Taranaki predator control

An ambitious plan to eradicate pests from Taranaki will get an $11.7 million funding injection from Predator Free 2050 Ltd, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage announced today. Taranaki Taku Tūranga – a region-wide collaboration between Taranaki...... Read More

Taranaki whale toll reaches 12

Twelve dead sperm whales have now been found on a South Taranaki beach in what the Department of Conservation is calling a rare event. Eight of them were found on Kaupokonui Beach last Thursday, three additional ones yesterday, and another one today. The...... Read More

Plans for a ’low emission economy’

Collaboration and partnership between regions, iwi, businesses and government is what will build a resilient and sustainable economy, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who is visiting Taranaki today. The Prime Minister is meeting with local...... Read More

NZ has ’genetically distinct’ blue whale population

United States researchers have discovered New Zealand has its own population of more than 700 "genetically distinct" blue whales. The pygmy blue whale - which is up to 22 metres long - is smaller than its Australian and Antarctic cousins. The...... Read More

Police name homicide victim

Police are now able to release the name of the man who died in Taranaki Hospital on May 9, resulting in Whanganui Police launching a homicide inquiry. He was 56-year-old Daniel John Gooch, of Whanganui. Mr Gooch was found with unexplained injuries...... Read More