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

Palmerston North Police seek sightings of red car

Police investigating the aggravated burglary at a Church Street address in the early hours of Friday morning are still seeking sightings of a red hatchback car. A 71-year-old woman was seriously assaulted, had her eftpos card and vehicle taken. The...... Read More

Early dry declared adverse event

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor has announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would as a medium-scale adverse event. The affected areas include Taranaki region and western parts of...... Read More

Enquiries continue in Vinegar Hill incident

Police are continuing to conduct enquiries in relation to a family harm incident at Vinegar Hill campground. Around 9.25am yesterday morning police were called to the area where a man was threatening his partner and other occupants of the campground...... Read More

Century old home burns to the ground

A nearly 100-year-old house in north Taranaki has burned to the ground. A Fire and Emergency spokesperson says 10 fire crews from New Plymouth and Waitara were sent to battle the blaze at Brixton about midday. The house was well alight when crews...... Read More

Second fatal bulldozer crash in a week

A man has died following a bulldozer crash on Mokau Road, Mt Messenger in Taranaki today. The bulldozer is reported to have rolled down a bank in a forestry block at around 2pm. WorkSafe have been notified, and Police are assisting at the remote scene. This...... Read More

Detectives study anti-1080 threat letter

Detectives are examining a hand-written letter purported to be from anti-1080 campaigners threatening to shoot Department of Conservation (DOC) helicopters out of the sky. The letter was sent to the department's New Plymouth office. Signed by...... Read More