Celebrity kiwi released into the wild

One of the nation's most famous kiwi was among four released onto Taranaki Maunga at the launch of the Kiwi Recovery Plan/Mahere Whakaora Kiwi 2018-2028 yesterday. Atara, a five-year-old male, hatched while David Attenborough's cameras were...... Read More

Overnight lightning strikes lit up North Island skies

The North Island was lit up by more than 33,000 lightning strikes overnight. MetService said 80 percent of the strikes were over land, which gave people a good view of electric storms. Meteorologist Tui McInnes said a combination of humid air, a cool...... Read More

Tauranga plumber takes home MKR win

There is a new plumber in town, and he is bringing $100,000 with him. Liam and Eden McPhillips were representing Taranaki in this year’s season of the TV cooking show My Kitchen Rules, but a couple of days before filming started, Liam and his...... Read More

Police search for man following machete Pizza Hut robbery

Police are continuing their search for a man who robbed a New Plymouth Pizza Hutt armed with a machete. The robbery occurred at about 7am on Friday 23 November at the restaurant on Tukapa Street. Police said the man threatened a staff member before...... Read More

Woman killed in Tariki crash named

Police can now confirm the name of the person who died in a crash at Tariki, Taranaki yesterday morning. She was 58-year-old Barbara Ann Terrill, of New Plymouth. Police extend their sympathies to her family at this difficult time. The Serious Crash...... Read More

Police partner with MTA to reduce trailer theft

Central District Police and Motor Trade Association (MTA) have partnered to implement a project aimed at reducing theft of trailers. In 2017 nearly 200 trailers were stolen in Central District, which covers Taranaki, Whanganui, Ruapehu and the wider...... Read More

Appeal for info following Pizza Hut robbery

Police are appealing for information following the aggravated robbery of Pizza Hut in Westown, New Plymouth. At around 7pm last Friday (23rd November) a man entered the restaurant on Tukapa Street armed with a machete. He threatened a staff member...... Read More

Taranaki Rugby seeks $600,000 bailout

Earthquake damage to Yarrow Stadium has wiped out the local union's cash reserves, the local district council has been told. The Taranaki Rugby Football Union has told an extraordinary council meeting in New Plymouth that it is "fighting for...... Read More

Man pleads not guilty to 1080 blackmail

A Taranaki man has pleaded not guilty to blackmailing the Department of Conservation in an attempt to end its 1080 pest control programme. Gregory Ross Buchanan appeared in the New Plymouth District Court this morning on four charges of blackmail. The...... Read More