Local News

Investigation launched following Back Beach bacteria scare

The Taranaki Regional Council has launched an investigation into the water quality at New Plymouth’s Back Beach following test results showing “unusually” high levels of bacteria.

March 4, 2021

Amazon changes app logo after comparisons to Adolf Hitler’s mustache

In a development that would otherwise go unnoticed by all but the most eagle-eyed of us, Amazon has swapped the tape on its app logo. This was allegedly due to the fact that the old illustrated tape looked too much like Hitler’s toothbrush mustache.

March 3, 2021

2021 TET Taranaki Masters Games

The TMG offer a friendly, relaxed and encouraging atmosphere so whatever your aspirations may be, from winning that gold medal, improving your PB times, enjoying the social aspect with your fellow ‘Masters’ competitors, there is something for everyone.

March 1, 2021

Kid goat stubbornly stays in stormwater drain at Golden Bay

A baby goat in Golden Bay is living up to the animal’s reputation for stubbornness by staying put inside a stormwater drain that it squeezed into three days ago.

February 25, 2021

Water water everywhere – flooding blamed on New Plymouth’s ageing pipes

A cast iron water pipe which burst twice within the space of a month, flooding a residential street, has been in place for more than 75 years, the New Plymouth District Council said.

February 23, 2021

Farmers’ Market Taranaki

Every Sunday morning local growers and producers gather under the canopy of the Huatoki Plaza to sell fresh produce directly to customers. With live music and fresh organic coffee, it’s a fun vibrant environment to meet farmers from all over Taranaki.

February 21, 2021

Relief but caution in Taranaki after alert level drop

The Prime Minister’s announcement that Taranaki will drop to Covid-19 level 1 at midnight on Wednesday has been met with relief in the region.

February 17, 2021

Growers and Makers Market

Back after a short break. The much-loved growers and makers market which concentrates on homemade and homegrown products and produces. A wonderful family day out with excellent food and drink options.

February 15, 2021

‘Shop local’ message boosts retail figures in South Taranaki

People choosing to shop locally and support their communities are being credited for a jump in spending in South Taranaki.

February 11, 2021

Five interesting car-related Super Bowl ads for 2021

The Super Bowl is where most big American companies spend the bulk of their advertising budget. Here are five interesting car-related ads for the 2021 game.

February 10, 2021

Lazy Summer Sunday

Time to unwind, kick back and relax with a selection of the finest local acoustic musicians on the stunning River Flat.

February 7, 2021

Transport development is already ‘a decade ahead’ of climate plan, says hydrogen boss

The advice to Government on the future of transport to reduce climate change is a decade behind the times, a Taranaki industry expert says.

February 4, 2021

Scientists finally figure out why wombats poop cubes

An international study into how wombats produce their distinctive cube-shaped poo has shed further light on the physics behind this biological puzzle.

February 3, 2021

Valentines Barket – Dog Friendly Market

Bring your family, pooch and pals to the We Love Dogs February Barket for the paw-fect pal-entines day out!

February 1, 2021

Top 10 creepiest underwater creatures that actually exist

These creepy creatures will make you rethink your next scuba diving trip. For this list, we’ll be looking at aquatic creatures whose appearance, behavior, and other attributes make them extra spooky.

January 26, 2021

Pukeiti Feel-Good Festival

Start the New Year the right way with a celebration of all things wellness at the Pukeiti Feel-Good Festival with guest speaker Michelle Yandle!

January 24, 2021

Warning issued as out-of-town taxis fleece customers after major New Plymouth concerts

New Plymouth taxi drivers are warning concert goers about out-of-town taxis that have been coming to major gigs and charging exorbitant fees.

January 22, 2021

Quote of the Day

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.”

– Henrik Ibsen

January 20, 2021

Sunday Summer Sounds

Sunday Summer Sounds provides a stage for local musicians to perform live originals and cover songs. The aim is to support and grow the songwriting and live performing skills of musicians in preparation for larger concerts and festivals. Let’s get behind them!

January 15, 2021

Rural health workforce could ‘implode’ as cry for help over MIQ costs goes ignored

The bill for managed isolation of overseas staff could be the final straw for many burnt-out rural GPs who say the costs have created a staffing crisis, the New Zealand Rural GP Network says.

January 12, 2021

Top 10 places on Earth where gravity is broken

In these places, what goes up, doesn’t always come down. For this list, we’ll feature locales all over the globe where gravity either appears to or actually does function differently than is usual.

January 10, 2021

Energy activist group critical of Todd Energy’s latest Taranaki drilling programme

A new onshore drilling program in North Taranaki that hopes to secure long-term natural gas supply for New Zealand has been criticised by energy activists.

January 8, 2021

Quote of the Day

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

– Lao Tzu

January 6, 2021

Opunake Beach Carnivala

Run by the Opunake Beach Committee with fabulous support from local businesses, the carnival hosts a range of activities including the Miss Opunake, Miss Teen and Mr Muscle competitions, quick-fire raffles, craft and food stalls and the Big Dig – where children dig in the sand to find a winning popsicle stick.

January 5, 2021

US town approves request from church to be for white people only

A church in Murdock, Minnesota was just granted a conditional use permit to operate a white-only church in the town.

December 28, 2020

Quote of the Day

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

December 27, 2020

Firefighters called to fumigant leak aboard ship at Port Taranaki

An investigation has been launched after firefighters were called to a potentially explosive chemical leak on board a ship docked at Port Taranaki.

December 23, 2020

US Humane Society gets 250 guinea pigs from overwhelmed owner

A US humane society has taken in 250 guinea pigs from an inundated pet owner.

December 21, 2020

Building new, a way out of competing for houses in a hot market

Taranaki’s booming property market is driving demand for new homes, but as many buyers look to build section prices are soaring too.

December 17, 2020

Out-of-town buyers pushing Taranaki residents out of the market

An increasing number of out-of-town buyers are pushing up house prices in Taranaki and making it harder for the region’s residents to get into the market.

December 15, 2020

TSB Festival of Lights

Located at Pukekura Park in the heart of New Plymouth, the TSB Festival of Lights is a six-week, free event made up of beautiful light features and epic events including music and daytime activities for kids and seniors.

December 13, 2020

Quote of the Day

“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”

– Harry S Truman

December 10, 2020

Another mysterious monolith appears in Pittsburgh, has yet to vanish

Yet another mysterious monolith has randomly appeared in another corner of the world, this time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

December 9, 2020

Urenui still expected to be a summer hot spot despite pollution problems

A Taranaki summer spot will continue to contend with sewage problems in its river this season, but businesses say they are not expecting a dramatic loss in trade as a result.

December 8, 2020

Taranaki’s 207,000-hectare horticultural potential

Taranaki is already famous for its dairy products and dominated by dairy herds, but a new report has claimed nearly one third of the region’s land could be used to grow fruit, vegetables and nuts.

December 3, 2020

Oakura Makers Market

Come and enjoy a few hours of celebrating local makers whilst finishing that last bit of Xmas shopping!

December 1, 2020

Covid-19: Playing video games during lockdowns can be good for mental health

When the pandemic put a stop to normal life, many people switched on their games consoles. Video-game internet traffic in America rose by 75 per cent within a week in March, as many states went into lockdown, according to Verizon, a telecoms firm.

November 30, 2020

Potential for parking sensors to explode prompts repairs and deactivation

Fears parking sensors that could explode have led New Plymouth District Council to replace or deactivate more than 500 of its 1600 sensors.

November 27, 2020

North Korean gymnast escapes to South Korea by vaulting over 3 metre border fence

A North Korean gymnast escaped to the South by swinging himself over the border barricades without triggering sensors, according to reports.

November 26, 2020

Oakura Makers Market

Come and enjoy a few hours of celebrating local makers whilst finishing that last bit of Xmas shopping!

November 23, 2020

Government reaches agreement to remove offshore storage vessel from Tui Oil Field

An agreement has been reached between the Government and offshore oil field operators to remove the Umuroa floating production and storage vessel from the Tui Oil Field with taxpayers picking up the tab.

November 20, 2020

President of Turkmenistan unveils giant golden statue of his favourite dog

The president of Turkmenistan, one of the most reclusive countries in the world, has unveiled a giant gilded statue of his favourite dog breed in the capital Ashgabat.

November 18, 2020

Quote of the Day

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

– Walt Disney

November 16, 2020

Long established Taranaki taxi company goes into voluntary liquidation

One of Taranaki’s longest running taxi companies has gone into liquidation, but you may not notice much difference.

November 13, 2020

Controversial nude sculpture celebrates ‘mother of feminism’ Mary Wollstonecraft

A sculpture celebrating Mary Wollstonecraft as the mother of feminism has attracted criticism even before it was unveiled.

November 12, 2020

Egmont A&P Show 2020

The Egmont A&P Show is an annual event held on the third weekend in November one of South Taranaki’s major events.

November 10, 2020

Coast to coast cycle route offers another option to visit Taranaki

Taranaki is set to become a popular destination point for off-trail cyclists completing a 1000km adventure through the North Island between the east and west coasts.

November 6, 2020

Gorilla-size creature causes panic in Texas

What has five legs, moves like a sloth and is the size of a gorilla? That’s what police in Arlington, Texas, wanted to know after getting a barrage of calls about a mysterious monster in town.

November 4, 2020

The Garden Market

Tick of your Christmas shopping list with an array of small local businesses, stocked and ready to shop while breathing in the garden goodness.

November 3, 2020

VW opens worlds smallest car dealership

You might think that when it comes to brand new, cutting edge new car dealerships, bigger is usually seen as better. But Volkswagen Australia is going in a different direction.

October 30, 2020