Taranaki

Man killed on fishing vessel named

Police are now in a position to name the man who died in a workplace accident on a fishing boat yesterday morning. The accident happened on the vessel which was working off the coast of Banks Peninsula at about 4am. He was 26-year-old Steffan Antony...... Read More

Lucky Lotto Powerball player scores $12.5 million

It will be a night to remember for a very lucky Powerball player after winning $12.5 million with Powerball First Division tonight. The $12.5 million prize is made up of $12 million from Powerball First Division and $500,000 from Lotto First Division. The...... Read More

Fatal crash in New Plymouth

One person died in a single-vehicle crash in Devon Road, New Plymouth. The crash happened at about 11.30pm. "There is no information available for release at this stage regarding the deceased person," says a police spokesperson. "The...... Read More

Man accused of blackmailing DOC over 1080 programme named

A Taranaki man accused of blackmailing the Department of Conservation (DOC) in an attempt to end its 1080 pest control programme has lost a bid to keep his name secret. Gregory Ross Buchanan appeared in the New Plymouth District Court today on four...... Read More

Man arrested following threats to DOC staff

A 65-year-old man has been arrested and charged with four counts of blackmail in relation to a number of threats made in letters to the Department of Conservation. The man was arrested in New Plymouth yesterday following an extensive investigation...... Read More

Man who killed daughter released after 14 months

A man who killed his 2-year-old daughter will be released on parole after only 14 months in prison. Esme Kinraid was suffocated after her father, Philip Murray Kinraid, forced her face into a pillow when she wouldn't settle at bedtime in June of...... Read More

Arrests following organised crime operation

Three people have been arrested today in New Plymouth as part of an ongoing operation targeting methamphetamine dealers in Taranaki. A 28-year-old woman, a 25-year-old male, and a 38-year-old male, all from North Taranaki have been charged with conspiracy...... Read More

Firefighters damp down hotspots after New Plymouth blaze

Firefighters are damping down hotspots after a big blaze at a metal recycling yard in New Plymouth. Emergency services were called to Molten Metals on Centennial Drive about 5pm yesterday. It's understood a crane hit powerlines and ignited shrubs...... Read More