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

Lockdown lifted at Taranaki high school

Stratford High School has been taken out of lockdown after police discovered no sign of a person or a gun in the area. Police received reports of a man with a firearm in the area around 8am. The officer in charge of the operation, Sergeant Andrew...... Read More

Elderly man shot dead in Taranaki

A man is facing a murder charge following the fatal shooting of an elderly man in Taranaki. Police were called to an address in Taranaki about 7pm, where a man was seriously injured and later died. ​​​​​​​Detective Senior Sergeant...... Read More

Secondary school scraps voluntary fees

The principal of a Taranaki school - which has become the latest to scrap voluntary fees and donations - says he hopes it will relieve pressure on struggling families. Waitara High School is believed to be the first secondary school to axe the payments...... Read More

Carter is the new king of Mount Taranaki

Bay of Plenty's Rhys Carter is the newly-crowned king of Taranaki. The 28-year-old 3Twenty3 Kawasaki Racing Team rider was in dazzling form as he completely dominated the annual King of the Mountain Motocross near New Plymouth on Sunday. Mount...... Read More

New online application process for land info

The process for buying or developing a property is now a whole lot easier thanks to a New Plymouth District Council initiative to put its services online. Prospective property owners can now order and pay for land information memoranda online at any...... Read More

Further support for struggling farmers

Drought stricken farmers in the Lower North Island and South Island’s West Coast will have access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) Acting Social Development Minister Peeni Henare has announced. The drought across Taranaki, western parts of...... Read More

Tax relief for drought affected farmers

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed tax relief measures will be extended to farmers in drought areas. In late December and early January the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor classified the drought as a medium-scale...... Read More