Hawera Cinemas bans pyjamas, dirty boots

A Taranaki cinema's ban on wearing pyjamas, onesies and dirty boots to screenings - and the public support and opposition to the move - has made global headlines. Hawera Cinemas said it had seen an increasing number of patrons attending in nightwear...... Read More

Hihi breed in Taranaki for first time in 130 years

The first hihi or stitchbird breeding season in Taranaki for 130 years has beaten expectations. The 40 hihi released at Rotokare, east of Eltham, last year have raised 17 chicks twice the reproduction rate on Tiritiri Matangi in the Hauraki Gulf where...... Read More

Taranaki tornado: Farmers ’hanging on for dear life’

Rahotū farmer Jordy Mullen said he and a mate were left "hanging on for dear life" as a tornado passed over the milking shed they were working in at Rahotū this morning. "The tornado came right over the top of our cow shed and then...... Read More

Storm chaos: ’The house is almost completely blown over’

A tornado that swept through Taranaki town Rahotū has lifted roofs off houses, broken garage doors open and damaged the local shop, with power cut to much of the town. Police said the tornado went through the town, near Ōpunake southwest of New Plymouth,...... Read More

Downed trees, powerlines and flooding

Police are working with Fire and Emergency and Civil Defence as heavy rain and winds affect the Taranaki and Central North Island regions. There is surface flooding on a number of roads and trees and power lines are down in some areas. Police are...... Read More

Investing in Taranaki Cathedral

The Provincial Growth Fund will invest up to $5 million in Taranaki’s Cathedral project to help transform the heritage icon into a nationally significant tourist drawcard, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The...... Read More

Action Plan to modernise Taranaki economy

The Provincial Growth Fund is set to invest up to $20 million to help future-proof the Taranaki region by diversifying its economy, creating additional jobs and leveraging off the strong base the region has established through its oil, gas and agricultural...... Read More

Teen missing in Taranaki

Taranaki Police are appealing for sightings of missing 16-year-old Rongomai Haddon. "On 16 March Rongomai failed to catch a bus from New Plymouth to his caregiver’s address in Eltham, as planned," says a police media spokesperson. Police...... Read More

Silver laden days for KIwis

The next generation of Kiwi triathletes put their hands up in a big way at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International Triathlon World Cup today, with Nicole van der Kaay and Sam Ward collecting silver medals on a superb day of racing in front of huge...... Read More

Kiwis out in force for World Cup Triathlon

New Zealanders will be out in force at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU Triathlon World Cup in New Plymouth this weekend, with a strong contingent led by superstar Andrea Hewitt lining up in the only ITU World Cup race held in New Zealand. As...... Read More