PM’s oil and gas comments cause anxiety in Taranaki

The Prime Minister's comments about the future of oil and gas exploration is causing anxiety in Taranaki - the only region in New Zealand where hydrocarbons are commercially exploited. Yesterday, Jacinda Ardern accepted a Greenpeace petition calling...... Read More

Search and rescue for injured woman on Mt Taranaki

A search and rescue operation is underway on Mt Taranaki after a woman was injured in a rockfall this afternoon. Police were alerted at 2:30pm after a 39-year-old woman received injuries to her arm while descending the mountain. She was injured near...... Read More

Taranaki teenager dies of meningococcal disease

A New Plymouth teenager has died of meningococcal disease. The New Plymouth Boy's High School student died on Saturday, but it was not confirmed he died of the disease until Monday. Taranaki medical officer of health Greg Simmons said the case...... Read More

Four arrested after car-jacking in New Plymouth

Two men aged 17 and 18, and two females aged 15 and 20-years-old, have been arrested following a car-jacking in central New Plymouth last night. Police were called around 8pm to the intersection of Rainsford and St Aubyn Streets, after it was reported...... Read More

Two women flown to hospital after SH3 crash

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on State Highway 3, Piopio, where a tractor and an SUV had collided at 9am on Friday, March 9. Two women sustained serious injuries and were flown to Waikato Hospital...... Read More

Inside New Plymouth’s water crisis

The scale of the economic impact of New Plymouth's water crisis is beginning to hit home. Dozens of small businesses are smarting after losing trade when their water supply was cut off for up to four days. Last week Cyclone Gita knocked out a...... Read More

Power still off in 600 Taranaki properties after Gita

About 600 properties in Taranaki are still without power following Cyclone Gita. Powerco's operations manager Phil Marsh said contractors were visiting individual properties to restore power as the faults were now localised. The scale of damage...... Read More

5000 people still without power in Taranaki

Many Waitara residents are still without power - and now have no running water - as Taranaki continues to struggle with the aftermath of Cyclone Gita. A state of emergency remains in place in New Plymouth where a boil water notice has been issued,...... Read More

Alert system warns of ammonia leak in New Plymouth

The new Emergency Mobile Alert (EMA) system proved its worth on Sunday when New Plymouth residents at risk from an ammonia leak became the first people in the country to receive a warning text. Police were called at around 4:30am to assist Fire and...... Read More

Victim recovering at home after serious assault

New Plymouth Police have arrested a Waitara man in relation to a serious assault on Friday February 16. A 63-year-old male was assaulted around 2:15pm near the intersection of Queen and McLean Streets in Waitara CBD. The victim was taken to hospital...... Read More