New Plymouth councillor stepping down after remarks on te reo

A New Plymouth councillor is stepping down from his role as chairperson before the Mayor tries to force him from it. Murray Chong recently said on Facebook that he was ashamed to sing the national anthem in te reo Māori and implied a number of fellow...... Read More

Fatal crash near New Plymouth

  A man has died following a single-vehicle crash in Brixton, New Plymouth.   Emergency services were called to the crash around 10.30pm yesterday, says a police spokesperson. "The driver crashed into a power pole at the intersection...... Read More

Water bans possible for coastal Taranaki

Coastal Taranaki residents are being warned they must conserve water or face complete outdoor water bans. In Ōākura, the town's storage reservoir has dropped to 65 percent, dangerously close to the 50 percent which must be held in reserve for...... Read More

Marine SAR exercise to be held in New Plymouth

Taranaki Police Search and Rescue, alongside marine rescue agencies, will take part in a marine search and rescue exercise this Saturday, February 9 in New Plymouth. The exercise will run from around 8am until mid –afternoon and require numerous...... Read More

69yo sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 78yo

The killer of a Taranaki grandfather cried out that "he had got what he deserved" and kicked his victim while he lay dying, a court has heard. Maurice John Riddle, 78, was shot on his farm near Normanby in February last year after going to...... Read More

Witness appeal after two suspicious fires

    Police are investigating two suspicious fires that occurred in New Plymouth last week on Thursday 31 January. The first fire started around 6pm in a shelter belt along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway and Cycle Track, near the end of...... Read More

Man arrested after family harm incident

The 31-year-old man involved in a family harm incident in New Plymouth has been arrested. He has been charged with breach of bail and threats to kill. He is due to appear in New Plymouth District Court today. The incident was reported tio police...... Read More

Armed police and cordons in New Plymouth

Armed police are at a scene of a family harm incident in Spotswood, New Plymouth. Cordons are in place at the intersection of Paritutu Road and Ngamotu Road; the intersection of Tumai Street and Marama Crescent; and on Paritutu Road south of Simons Street. Police...... Read More

Smoky crematorium distresses families in Taranaki

The New Plymouth District Council faces a hefty bill to replace one of the furnaces at its crematorium because it has been emitting black smoke. The black smoke can be distressing to families of the deceased or passers-by. In November a Taranaki Regional...... Read More