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Something new at a bus stop near you

The bus that criss-crosses Taranaki is now bigger, better and brighter. Read more...

PUKEITI, TŪPARE AND HOLLARD GARDENS ARE GOLD

The iconic Taranaki heritage properties Pukeiti, Tūpare and Hollard Gardens have each been awarded rare Qualmark gold status as sustainable tourism operations. Read more...

GET IN QUICK WITH ENVIRONMENTAL NOMINATIONS

What do schoolchildren, farmers, major corporates, marae-focused educators, volunteers and small enterprises have in common? Read more...

NZ’s top exercise industry body backs calls for tighter guidelines

The country’s top exercise industry body, ExerciseNZ, is behind the call for industry-wide guidelines around high intensity workouts including a weekly maximum time limit for this type of training for gym-goers. Read more...

NZTech and NZBio combine tech forces

New Zealand is beginning to witness unprecedented opportunities in areas of technology convergence as cutting-edge and world-first technology continues to accelerate and merge. Read more...

AI and IoT changing the face of NZ dairying

A fledgling New Zealand agritech company run by a rising Kiwi entrepreneur who has worked for Rocket Lab has raised $8 million, from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Data Collective, which is likely to result in massive changes to the nation’s burgeoning dairy industry. Read more...

100TECHWOMEN PROJECT LAUNCHING THIS MONTH

NZTech Women will this month launch 100TechWomen which will feature a collection of inspiring stories from New Zealand’s brightest female tech talent from around the country. Read more...

Volunteer power keeps New Plymouth District humming

NPDC’s historic Te Henui Cemetery is making its debut in the Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival this year – thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers who keep the grounds looking spectacular year-round. Read more...

AT LAST, A NEW GENERATION OF SANITARY PADS THAT TICKS ALL THE BOXES!

Invisible to the human eye, far infrared rays produce gentle energetic vibrations (over 30 per second) that create warmth supporting healthy metabolism in tissues and cells. Read more...

Yoga surging in popularity around NZ

Tomorrow is international yoga day and yoga is surging in popularity all around New Zealand, while organised sport is in decline, Exercise NZ chief executive Richard Beddie says. Read more...

Airport terminal contract keeps jobs in Taranaki

Local construction firm Clelands Construction is to build New Plymouth Airport’s new multi-million dollar terminal, providing a major boost for the Taranaki economy.  Read more...

Digital principles set up to help NZ businesses evolve

The digital revolution that has begun will change, redefine and disrupt almost every sector across the country, New Zealand Techleaders chair David Kennedy says. Read more...

'Kāore te kumara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka'

I was raised on Hongoeka Marae.  One of the first things I learnt while growing up in my community is you get more respect being humble than you do 'showing off'. Read more...

Teachers need to be better paid for the tech revolution

Teachers need to be better paid as they adjust to educating kids in the fastest growing sector in New Zealand, - technology, an award-winning Maori chief executive of a fast growing ed-tech company says. Read more...

Happiness

How do you feel right now?  Are you happy?  If not it is time to make some changes. Read more...

The 5 essential ingredients for success

Throughout my life, I have been successful in many ways.  I have genuinely succeeded in most things I put my heart and soul into. Read more...

Kiwi kids need to be more active, getting to and from school

Being active during childhood helps with brain development and leads to lower rates of degenerative diseases later in life, a national exercise expert says. Read more...

EARLY BIRDS CATCH THE PLANTING BUG

Dairy farmers know early starts well. Rob and Di Bridgeman are also early finishers. Read more...

Fiscal responsibility but can we wait for wellbeing – BERL

Budget 2018 oozed fiscal responsibility, but for many a shift to a truly wellbeing Budget cannot come quick enough, BERL chief economist Dr Ganesh Nana says. Read more...

Bumper crowds and a $5 million boost to the economy: NPDC’s TSB Festival of Lights shines even brighter

A 20% rise in visitors from outside the region, a 95-year-old volunteer and two wedding proposals; this season’s NPDC-run TSB Festival of Lights dazzled. Read more...

FINDING A WIN-WIN IN THE WAITŌTARA HILLCOUNTRY

Roger Pearce is confident he’s hit on a good formula that allows him to make a successful living in the eastern Taranaki hillcountry without bringing down nature’s wrath on himself, or indeed on communities and farms all the way down to the sea. Read more...

A trans-Tasman friendship at NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo

The newest resident at NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo has faced a tougher vetting test than most new housemates, including a trip across the Tasman. Read more...

Building a better future

The region’s course for the next decade has been laid out in a way that the Taranaki Regional Council says will ensure prudent management of resources even as bold new ambitions are confidently embraced. Read more...

Technology will make NZ rivers cleaner

Technology will soon help make New Zealand’s farms more productive while also making lakes and rivers cleaner, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

Green-fingered kids help preserve sand dunes

New Plymouth District schoolkids are doubling their efforts to curb erosion with a bumper NPDC coastal planting programme this year. Read more...

Double the delight for lovers of caramel-filled chocolate

Whittaker’s has perfected a new caramel filling and is releasing two new caramel products. As well as pairing the new creamier, smoother and more velvety caramel with Whittaker’s 5 Roll Refined Creamy Milk Chocolate, Whittaker’s has also created a 62% Dark Salted Caramel. Read more...

FRESHWATER STUDIES POINT TO IMPROVEMENTS

New scientific studies of data from Taranaki and nationwide have concluded that freshwater quality is better than many probably believe – and this region in particular has been taking effective steps to achieve improvements. Read more...

Should we upgrade recreational facilities that are 25 years old? Like the pool or stadium? Or do another Flagship Project, asks Mayor

Mayor Neil Holdom is asking these questions as NPDC calls for feedback on its draft 10-Year Plan. 

Building iconic lifestyle facilities such as the Coastal Walkway and Pukekura Park took vision and foresight from previous elected officials, often amid controversy at the time, says Mayor Holdom. Read more...

Don’t spread unwanted freshwater pests this hunting season

With duck shooting season starting on Saturday 5 May, Taranaki hunters are being reminded it’s vital to clean their equipment between waterways to avoid the spread of unwanted freshwater pests including the invasive alga didymo. Read more...

Two Commonwealth Games medals from Taranaki

New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom has hailed Taranaki’s awesome Commonwealth Games athletes for bringing home two medals from the Gold Coast.  Read more...

NPDC wants feedback on proposed rate rises over next decade

NPDC is consulting on its draft 10-Year Plan and wants public feedback on proposed rate rises of 4.2%, on average, over the next decade. Read more...

Launch of bold, ambitious roadmap for Taranaki’s economy

The Taranaki region is taking charge of its future with the launch of the Tapuae Roa Action Plan today (FRIDAY, 6 APRIL). Read more...

Smash hit exhibition helps Puke Ariki set new visitor record

Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs helped NPDC’s Puke Ariki museum set a record for the highest number of visitors in a single day since it opened in 2003. Read more...

Govt may force NZ’s umbrella rural health organisation to close

New Zealand’s umbrella rural health organisation will move to shut down if it does not receive government funding next week. Read more...

News release: Record month for New Plymouth Airport

A record number of passengers went through New Plymouth Airport in March, highlighting the growing attraction of Taranaki as a destination and the region’s thriving economy. Read more...

Holiday of a lifetime: How one night in Waitara changed lives and will boost tourism

Roger and Trish Jenkins were only going to stay a single night in Waitara and they ended up taking over the management of the NPDC-owned Marine Park Motor Camp.  Read more...

Toyota and the changing face of personal mobility

The motor industry and personal mobility are changing radically and Toyota is leading the way in making changes to its overall business to keep pace. Read more...

NZ part of global exercise explosion

New Zealand is about to see an explosion in the number of people taking up yoga, 24/7 gyms, boutique studios, boot camps and mobile trainers, a leading exercise expert says. Read more...

Kereru flying again thanks to care from NPDC’s zoo staff

Kereru have taken a hammering this summer but staff at NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo have been pulling out all the stops to get injured and orphaned birds back in the air. Read more...

BE PART OF THE PUKEITI STORY

Pukeiti is looking for volunteers to be involved in a range of activities including events, biodiversity work, tour guiding and gardening. Read more...

High five for Pukekura Park with Green Flag honour

The Green Flag will be flying over New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park for a fifth year this year. Read more...

Help raise cash for Taranaki Retreat at WOMAD pop-up festival, says NPDC

NPDC is bringing together WOMAD NZ organiser TAFT, First Gas, More FM, Energy City Hyundai and Police to raise vital cash for the Taranaki Retreat. Read more...

Lexus Sport Yacht concept wins international recognition

The unique Lexus Sport Yacht concept was recognised with a special award by Japan’s “Boat of the Year” committee at the Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama on Friday. Read more...

NPDC’s Puke Ariki explores life before the dinosaurs

Life-sized and animated models of pre-historic Permian monsters form the centrepiece attraction of the latest exhibition to hit NPDC’s Puke Ariki. Read more...

Encouraging signs of more Kiwi women in tech

The worm has turned in the tech world as a wave of females are joining the tech community, according to national and global reports. Read more...

Future Taranaki builds on strengths

Public consultation is starting on two exciting, new projects embracing Taranaki’s tourism and environmental opportunities, proposed by Taranaki Regional Council and underpinned by business as planned. Read more...

Mauri stone a guardian for ‘those who come and go’

The first stone was laid on New Plymouth Airport’s new terminal on Thursday, fixing the building to the land and its people and embodying the hopes for its future. Read more...

Vogeltown School kids are water and Zero Waste heroes

Vogeltown School kids are water and Zero Waste heroes who have been recycling bottles by using them to plant seeds. Read more...

A huge thanks to all our Water Heroes

A huge thanks to all our Water Heroes. Meet Kate Keegan who lives out near Inglewood and has brought in 20 litres of rainwater for NPDC staff.   Read more...

New Plymouth Water update, Noon

Here is the latest water update from NPDC Read more...

NPDC thanks volunteers as work continues to fix water supply

We’ve has been overwhelmed with offers of people wanting to help while we fix the water problem. Read more...

Boil water notice issued by NPDC

A boil water notice has been issued for all residents in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Onearo and Urenui. Read more...

Cyclone Response update from NPDC

NPDC is working hard to fix the water pipe issue and we’re aiming to fix it as soon as possible. Read more...

Taranaki's coastal environment in the spotlight

Greater recognition and protection of Taranaki’s legendary surf breaks, Māori sites of significance and areas of outstanding value are some of the changes proposed by Taranaki Regional Council (TRC). Read more...

Chief tech officer appointment critical for NZ

The appointment of a chief technology officer for New Zealand is critical for the future of the country if we hope to be a thriving digital nation by 2030, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

Textbooks and landline phones likely to be gone by 2030

Spark Digital chief executive Jolie Hodson, who is speaking to the international Digital Nations summit in Auckland starting today, has painted a picture of dramatic tech changes in New Zealand over the next 12 years. Read more...

Eugenia off on dream trip after photo win

New Plymouth’s Eugenia Llentilin is off on her dream holiday after winning a $2,000 Air New Zealand travel voucher in NPDC’s TSB Festival of Lights photo competition. Read more...

Engineer Paula brings world of experience to NPDC role

NPDC engineer Paula Wright’s last two jobs had 76 degrees of separation.

Mrs Wright joined NPDC last year after working across the world – including the frozen wastes of Canada (-33 degrees Celsius) to the scorching deserts of Australia (+43C). Read more...

Kiwi kids to give world tech experts coding lessons

Some of the world’s leading tech experts, including tech Ministers from other countries, will attend a coding session with a bunch of young New Zealand’s school children at the Young Coders Showcase during the international Digital Nations tech summit in Auckland next week. Read more...

Give some thought to your heart on Valentine’s Day

Kiwis should think seriously about their heart and their loved one tomorrow on Valentine’s Day, a leading New Zealand health expert says.

Heart diseases is the single biggest killer of New Zealanders. Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease and cardiovascular disease accounts for 30 percent of Kiwi deaths every year. The Heart Foundation says many of the deaths are preventable Read more...

NPDC gets people moving and grooving this summer

NPDC’s See it in the City has a new and free event to get people moving and grooving in the central city called Shape & Sounds. Read more...

Mistreated and abandoned Leo finds a happy ending thanks to NPDC

Little Leo was in a pitiful state when he was dumped at NPDC’s dog pound.

The maltese/jack russell cross had been horribly mistreated, his fur was completely matted and he was covered in fleas. It took two animal control officers to remove him from the holding pen because the abuse he had suffered had made him so aggressive. Read more...

Boom times for Waitara house sales and construction

Waitara is on a roll with house sales and construction booming; with no sign of slowing.

“The value of construction consented has more than quadrupled over the last financial year, with a total exceeding $20 million when only about $5 million was expected, based on the trend from 2013 to 2016,” says NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright. Read more...

Mayor of New Plymouth District welcomes Government’s freedom camping discussions

New Plymouth District (NPD) Mayor Neil Holdom has welcomed Government moves to find a solution to the nationwide freedom camping problems. Read more...

NPDC’s Draft District Plan goes fully digital

From this Monday (5 FEBRUARY), the public will have a chance to explore the proposals in New Plymouth District Council’s Draft District Plan – and it’s fully digital and easy to use. Read more...

AI, the new tech frontier, changing the world

Some of the top cutting-edge tech companies, academics and leading tech chief executives will unleash all the latest information and how AI (artificial intelligence) is impacting on New Zealanders’ lives at a major event in Auckland in March. Read more...

Open letter to the PM on improving NZ fitness levels

The New Zealand 2017 personal trainer of the year winner has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, pleading for more government input to help Kiwi school children get fitter. Read more...

Mayor of New Plymouth District calls for stronger freedom camping rules to protect the access of locals

After listening to public feedback, including 42 complaints since 1 December, New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom is calling for tighter controls around freedom camping and a special Mayoral report will be debated at an extraordinary council meeting tomorrow (30 January). Read more...

Mountain to Tap: Take a Quick Look Behind the Scenes

New Plymouth District Council has launched a Wai Warrior video taking you on a journey to find out what happens between rain falling on the mountain and the treated water reaching homes and businesses throughout the district. Read more...

Jump on a Bike for the Aotearoa Bike Challenge!

Are you and your organisation ready to take on the Aotearoa Bike Challenge?

Registrations are open now for businesses throughout the region to see who can rack up the most kilometres cycled during February. Read more...

Three big tech trends critical for Kiwis in 2018

Digital learning skills, smarter homes and medical drone deliveries will be major tech developments that will significantly impact lives of Kiwis, a leading New Zealand tech expert says.

NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says while the tech talk is often about issues such as robots stealing jobs or virtual reality worlds New Zealanders may sometimes overlook some of the advances that are happening already that will be important for Kiwis in the coming days of 2018. Read more...

News release on online application process for LIMs

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. Read more...

Big jump in tourists caps NPDC’s 2017 success stories

A big boost in tourism to the region, a near sell-out crowd for Yusef/Cat Stevens concert, creating a community space in Marfell Park and having a budget surplus were just some of the many success stories for New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) last year. Read more...

Digital era, matter of survival for Kiwi companies

Kiwi businesses are having to substantially change how they operate with the rapid arrival of the digital age, a leading New Zealand business expert says. Read more...

NPDC’s big summer of school holiday fun

There’s only about three weeks until kids head back to school but New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) has loads on to keep them smiling over the summer. Read more...

95-year-old volunteer a shining light at NPDC’s TSB Festival of Lights

She’s now the longest-serving volunteer at the Pukekura Park festival which is 50 nights of free, live music, family fun and spectacular lights, contributing about $4.7 million to the Taranaki economy (source Venture Taranaki). Read more...

It’s Christmas but NPDC staff are keeping the district ticking

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for most of us, but for some New Plymouth District Council staff, Christmas Day means continuing to work for our community.  Read more...

Online directory improves access to mental health and addiction services

A new national online directory is improving access to mental health and addiction services for those seeking help.

The Healthpoint Mental Health and Addictions directory is an online platform for consumers and professionals to more easily navigate, understand and use mental health and addiction services in their community. Read more...

Be a Wai Warrior: Total hose ban begins in Okato and rest of District urged to save water says NPDC

A total hose ban is now in place in Okato and New Plymouth District residents are being urged to conserve water.

NPDC says level two restrictions have been introduced in Okato and residents can only use water for essential services and not for things like watering their gardens until further notice. Read more...

Economic obstacles likely but future growth expected

The incoming government has hit the ground running but will face many obstacles in 2018 as it seeks to sustain a stable economy, leading New Zealand economic forecaster BERL says. Read more...

HOLIDAY SWIMMING INFO JUST A CLICK AWAY

Holidaymakers can easily find out whether the water’s okay at the region’s popular freshwater and coastal swimming spots by checking the Taranaki Regional Council website, www.trc.govt.nz. Read more...

Land business to pay for extending the Coastal Walkway to Bell Block. One of the options being floated in NPDC’s 10-year work programme*

NPDC’s draft 10-year work programme proposes a new way to fund flagship projects and cap annual rates increases by setting up a Land business. This proposal will be debated on Thursday by the Mayor and Councillors at a full council meeting followed by extensive public consultation. Read more...

Digital skills shortage should sound warning bell

A major report released today shows that New Zealand has a significant and growing digital skills shortage, primarily due to the speed and scale of the increase in demand for tech skills. Read more...

Let’s strive for a Zero Waste Christmas says NPDC

New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) is urging residents to get recycling right this Christmas so we can all give future generations the gift of going zero waste by 2050. Read more...

Government Joins NPDC in Investing in Key Tourism Development

The Government has delivered an early Christmas present to the people of Taranaki by confirming it will invest around $700,000 in the iconic Pouakai Crossing one-day walk. Read more...

Significant tech changes for mobile bus service next year

The national surgical bus, possibly the only one of its type in the world, is looking for a significant change next year to keep up with demands and with high technology. Read more...

Christmas spirit alive and well in New Plymouth, says NPDC

Christmas spirit shone through for a New Plymouth couple when volunteers came forward to help them with the annual Little Rocket Light Up Your Home Christmas Light Trail which runs alongside NPDC’s TSB Festival of Lights. Read more...

Port continues to be regional economic anchor-point

Port Taranaki remains a vital element in the regional economy despite ups and downs in its key freight commodities, a new economic assessment report shows. Read more...

Can I go swimming on my period?

My advice is that we need to take extra special care of ourselves in the lead up to and during our period. At this time our body is working extra hard to clear out the lining of the uterus that it was hoping would be a nice nest for an embryo. Our immune system is challenged at this time; we feel extra tired, achy and more cold than usual, so it's common sense to take extra care and rest more. Moderate exercise is good especially just before your period and can help reduce cramping. Read more...

IoT devices topping Christmas wish lists in 2017

Exciting tech advances are playing a much greater part in Christmas gifts in New Zealand than ever before, Kriv Naicker, executive director of the New Zealand Internet of Things (IoT) Alliance says.  Read more...

How Much Risk Can you Take?

Whether you are investing money, setting up a business or gambling on horses, your first consideration, before parting with any money, should be how much risk you can afford to take. Risk is not necessarily the probability of loss – it is the probability that an outcome will be different than you expect. For example, an investment might make a positive return, but a lower (or higher) return than you expected. Read more...

Financial advice Bill puts Kiwis needs first

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says the first reading of the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill in Parliament today is the first step in a significant package of changes to ensure all Kiwis can get good quality financial advice based on their individual needs.  Read more...

The Cat and the Canadian – Summer at the Bowl

Red Roses with no leaves and Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs are just a few of the unusual requests from artists who play at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands. Read more...

Second Tea and Tunes event after huge demand

The New Plymouth District Council-run TSB Festival of Lights is putting on a second Tea and Tunes event after the first one was fully booked within two days. Read more...

Airport’s new ‘vision’ starts with changes to parking, roads

Motorists heading to New Plymouth Airport will find changes to the car park and road layout this month.

These will be the first phase of the enabling works that lay the groundwork for construction of the new terminal. Read more...

A growing divide, but watch this tech space…

The government is right to raise this concern that there is a growing digital divide, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says in response to a digital report released today. Read more...

Inglewood’s Miro Street Pedestrian Crossing to be Removed

A pedestrian crossing in Inglewood where a schoolgirl died in September will be removed tomorrow.

Seven-year-old cyclist Emma Warren died following a collision with a truck at the pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Miro and Rata streets in the north Taranaki town. Read more...

Stay safe this summer, says NPDC

Summer is officially here and New Plymouth District Council is this season spotlighting beach safety and changing styles. Read more...

Be a Wai Warrior and Reduce Water Use says NPDC

As temperatures rise so has our use of water and New Plymouth District residents are being urged to become Wai Warriors this summer. Wai means water and Warrior is a person who takes on a good fight, in this case, saving water. Read more...

Yarrow Stadium open for business as earthquake strengthening work needed on East Stand

An independent engineering company which looks after Yarrow Stadium says earthquake strengthening work is needed on the East Stand. Read more...

Northland, Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland win top exercise awards

Northland’s Corinne Austin and Wellington studio Power Living New Zealand have won two of the major awards at the at the annual New Zealand’s exercise industry awards. Read more...

Lights on, turn up, spend big: Survey reveals impact of TSB Festival of Lights

A survey on the New Plymouth District Council-run TSB Festival of Lights has highlighted the significant contribution the summer spectacular is making to the region’s economy. Read more...

Welcoming Freedom Campers While Balancing Costs And Caring For Our Environment

Public feedback on how to strike a balance between welcoming freedom campers, looking after our environment and being cost effective for our 80,000 residents will be debated at an NPDC public hearing on Monday next week (27 NOVEMBER). Read more...

Critical essays shine light on Len Lye in new book

As artist Len Lye’s legend grows both internationally and domestically, a new book of critical essays shines light on the life, career and art of the outstanding New Zealand-born artist. Read more...

New Zealand to be at the forefront of AI

Auckland University’s Michelle Dickinson and Soul Machines business chief Greg Cross are among top key speakers at the biggest artificial intelligence (AI) event ever to be held in New Zealand next year.

New Zealand’s trail-blazing AI event will be held in Auckland on March 28 and will showcase the amazing strides AI has made and is making across the country, New Zealand AI Forum executive director Ben Reid says. Read more...

Who will be honoured at the giant Exercise NZ awards?

Many of the country’s fitness experts and exercise facilities of all types and sizes who help half a million Kiwis get healthier will be vying for the annual Exercise NZ annual awards in Auckland on Saturday night. Read more...

New research finds plants release up to 30 per cent more CO2 than previously thought

New research co-authored by a University of Canterbury scientist and academics from around the world, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due to fossil fuel burning. Read more...

Digital summit to build vision for more prosperous New Zealand

The biggest and most important international tech conference to be staged in New Zealand will be held in Auckland early next year which may pave the way for faster advances for the Kiwi economy. Read more...

Kids give Puke Ariki top marks for Home Work art

Puki Ariki has finished its Home Work – and kids have given it an A-plus for art.

More than 27,000 people attended the display of vibrant, contemporary art in the New Plymouth District Council-run library, museum and information centre’s temporary exhibition space which showcased the talents of 65 Taranaki artists. Read more...

‘Sharrows’ point way to safer roundabout cycling

A new type of road marking designed to improve the safety of cyclists is coming to a New Plymouth roundabout.

Sharrows, or ‘share arrows’, will be painted next week at the recently-upgraded roundabout at the Mill/Frankley/Standish/Dawson/Downe intersection. The on-road markings have been used internationally since 1993 to indicate the likely presence of cyclists and motorists in the same lane. Read more...

NPDC changes gambling policy in a bid to help cut social harm

New Plymouth District Council has made changes to its Class 4 Gambling Venues Policy to reduce the potential of gambling harm. Read more...

Len Lye Centre pumps $7.4m into district and generates 103 jobs, says independent BERL report

The Len Lye Centre has been a huge boost for the New Plymouth District economy, a new report says.

The centre brought in more than 17,000 visitors to the area from outside Taranaki just to visit the iconic gallery in 2016 and this boosted GDP and generated jobs, the report from analysis firm BERL reveals. Read more...

Silent porpoise: Whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep with half a brain

Ever wondered how and where whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep? New work by University of Canterbury researcher Andrew Wright at the released this week reveals for the first time that harbour porpoises sleep during diving. Read more...

ENVIRONMENTAL WINNERS ‘EARN REGION ANOTHER SHIELD’

The region deserves an ‘Environmental Ranfurly Shield’ for all the good work being done in the outdoors, says the Taranaki Regional Council Chairman, David MacLeod. Read more...

Trial of Safety Technology at New Plymouth Railway Pedestrian Crossings

New safety technology is going to be trialled at three railway pedestrian crossings along the Coastal Walkway.

“The sites will have a mix of audio warnings, LED footpath warnings or both audio and LEDs, and the users will be surveyed for their opinions on the technology’s usefulness,” says NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford. Read more...

Urgent attention needed to look at automation impact

Automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation issues facing the country could become threats, leading to increased social and economic difficulties and a strain on government resources unless they are immediately addressed, New Zealand’s tech leader say. Read more...

A sugar tax will do little to change Kiwi attitudes

The government needs to do much more if it wants to make a difference to New Zealand’s appalling obesity levels than look at a sugar tax, leading New Zealand exercise expert Richard Beddie says. Read more...

Yarrow Stadium, TSB Showplace shortlisted for awards

Two New Plymouth District Council-run venues – Yarrow Stadium and the TSB Showplace – have been shortlisted for prestigious industry awards. Read more...

Special cover for Kiwi manufacturers cautious about food risk

A New Zealand insurance underwriting agency is providing an exclusive cover for manufacturers which are facing major challenges in relation to recall of contaminated food and beverage products. Read more...

NPDC’s Fernery in bloom for anniversary, summer season

The Pukekura Park Fernery is getting ready for an exceptionally enchanting summer season, including its 90th anniversary. Read more...

Work begins ahead of New Plymouth Airport regeneration

Users of New Plymouth Airport will start seeing changes to the view and baggage claim areas this month as initial preparations start for building the new terminal. Read more...

NPDC’S High Financial Ratings Confirmed says Standard and Poor’s

The strong financial management of New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) has been highlighted by finance credit agency Standard and Poor’s in its latest ratings for the Council.  Read more...

Open source platform reinventing home building awarded €50,000 by European Commission

The Buildx project by WikiHouse Foundation has been announced as one of three winners in the 2017 European Social Innovation Competition. Selected from a total of nearly 800 entries from more than 40 countries, the project was awarded a €50,000 prize at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels on 26 October. Read more...

Victoria releases database of imperial soldiers who fought in Land

Research from at Victoria University of Wellington has identified the names and details of 12,000 imperial soldiers who fought in the New Zealand Land Wars of the 1860s. Read more...

Kids rise to challenge of sustainable school travel

Kids took a fresh approach to getting to school in September by making 56,680 active or sustainable trips as part of the Fresh Air Schools Challenge run by New Plymouth District Council’s Let’s Go team. Read more...

World’s largest tech firm confirms NZ on right track

The world’s largest tech firm Apple has confirmed New Zealand is on the right track to become a great global tech story, just like tourism, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

Open space a milestone in Marfell Park’s makeover

The opening of a new community-led open space on Friday 3 November is the first major milestone in the transformation and regeneration of Marfell Park in New Plymouth. Read more...

Black Flu book asks ‘could it happen again?’

The lessons of the 1918 influenza pandemic could help inform planning for a future pandemic in New Zealand, according to historian Dr Geoffrey Rice. Read more...

Dynamic Lexus electric hybrid hatch meets sporty sophistication

FACELIFT AND SPECIFICATION UPGRADES FOR THE EXCLUSIVELY-ELECTRIC HYBRID CT 200H HAVE FURTHER ENHANCED ITS DESIRABILITY FOR YOUNG DRIVERS WHO ENJOY SPORTY DRIVING WHILE STILL MAINTAINING THEIR SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE. Read more...

Kiwi tech advances will help drive greater food supply

Tech advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) might help New Zealand move toward a solution for helping feed the world which will require food production to double to meet a growing population demands, says a Kiwi tech expert. Read more...

Rural health group calls for urgent meeting with government

The national rural health group is calling for urgent meetings with the incoming health and primary industries ministers to help solve the serious rural health crisis. Read more...

Rocket Lab wins supreme accolade at the NZ Innovation Awards

Rocket Lab has won the supreme accolade at the New Zealand Innovation Awards in Auckland last night.

Rocket Lab, named the Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovation for 2017, has pioneered a Kiwi space programme, with purpose-built rockets for regular commercial satellite launches. Read more...

Inglewood’s Water Pipes to Get a Scrubbing

Phase one of resolving Inglewood’s occasional discoloured water is about to begin with the help of a specialised truck. Read more...

Kiwi virtual reality and augmented reality getting real

The New Zealand virtual reality and augmented reality (VRAR) industry sector’s forecast revenues are estimated to be worth more than $320 million within two years, a report release today says. Read more...

All businesses should commit to being living wage employer

Leading economic researcher BERL challenges all businesses to become Living Wage employers to make a real difference to New Zealanders and their communities. Read more...

Knowledge waves

The Council’s recent survey to gauge the regional community’s views on the relative merits of 140 surf breaks was a first for New Zealand and drew 338 responses, the Policy and Planning Committee was told. Read more...

Freshwater monitoring device never rests

An automated sensor platform that continuously monitors multiple aspects of water quality, sending data back to the Council every 30 minutes, has performed well since being installed in the Mangati Stream at Bell Block nearly a year ago, the Consents and Regulatory Committee was told. Read more...

More Kiwis buying into artificial intelligence

New Zealanders are buying into the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) as it is creeps into many walks of everyday life, an AI specialist says.

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Getting the better of pests

Taranaki’s new pest management blueprint is set for final approval next month after the Policy and Planning Committee today heard verbal submissions and made minor adjustments. Read more...

All’s well with most wells

Taranaki’s groundwater is in overall healthy condition, with nitrate and bacteria levels far below levels of concern apart from only a few localised problem sites, the Policy and Planning Committee was told. Read more...

All have a role to play

The discovery of a pest aquatic plant, hornwort, in Lake Rotorangi a couple of years ago has highlighted the need for all lake users to take on the responsibility for preventing it spreading to other lakes in the region, the Policy and Planning Committee was told. Read more...

New Footpath Linking Bell Block to the Valley Confirmed

New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) and Technix owner John Matthews have struck a deal for a new footpath between Bell Block and the Valley which should be built by the middle of next year. Read more...

BERL to celebrate 60 years in business

Leading New Zealand economic research company BERL next week celebrates 60 years in business with a special event in Wellington. Read more...

Top Kiwi exercise experts vying for NZ awards

Top experts from Whangarei, Palmerston North, Dunedin, Hamilton and Auckland have been named best personal trainer of the year finalists in ExerciseNZ’s annual exercise industry awards. Read more...

Get Rid of Money Worries

Managing finances can be very stressful, even if you are savvy with your money. A recent global survey by the Financial Planning Standards Board, an international body which oversees professional standards for financial planners, found that most people feel challenged by their finances. However, people who work with financial advisers feel better prepared to achieve their financial goals. Read more...

Leading tech businessman honoured at AUT excellence awards

A leading tech businessman, who has possibly done more to improve trade ties with Vietnam than any other New Zealander, has last night recognised for his leadership at the Auckland University of Technology Business School NZ Business Support Excellence awards. Read more...

BIODIVERSITY GROUP MEANS BUSINESS

Wild for Taranaki, the region's biodiversity umbrella group, has entered a new era with the appointment of an Operations Manager to guide the roll-out of its first major initiative. Read more...

Public Feedback Wanted on Jubilee Park Playground Options

Plans to transform Inglewood’s Jubilee Park are taking a major step forward – and the community is leading the way.

From next week residents will have the chance to vote on a unique new playground design for the park, which were developed after input from Inglewood residents. Read more...

New trial proves micronutrients effective for childhood ADHD

New Zealand researchers have shown that vitamin-mineral treatment improves aggression and emotional regulation in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), in the first published results from a new trial. Read more...

Buying Happiness

In our consumerist society the basic tenet is the more we have to spend, the happier we will be. Research shows that, while there is a link between money and happiness, it is a weak one. However, it is possible to get more happiness for your money by making good decisions about what you do with it. Read more...

Universities important but many skills can be learned on the job

If New Zealand raises its education outcomes over a period of 20 years to a level comparable with Finland, it can generate a 204 percent increase in GDP worth an additional $US258 billion, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Read more...

NPDC Surplus the Result of Sound Financial Management

Sound financial management has given New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) a $13.6 million surplus for the 2016/17 financial year, according to its draft Annual Report which was independently audited by Audit New Zealand. Read more...

Celo, Vensa and Orion Health named NZHIT award finalists

Cutting-edge, lifechanging e-health companies Celo, Vensa and Orion Health have been named finalists in the New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) annual innovation awards. Read more...

Match your Investment Strategy to your Time Frame

We’ve had a good run in share markets since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008. Initially this growth was underpinned by central banks engaging in quantitative easing – otherwise known as ‘printing money’. Central banks released funds into circulation through purchasing securities as a way of reducing the likelihood of economies going into recession after the GFC. Read more...

Have Your Say on Suburban Business Centres

Visitors and businesses at four of New Plymouth’s suburban centres will be asked for their feedback from Monday next week (25 SEPTEMBER). Read more...

Tech’s momentum now a huge impact on the Kiwi economy

New Zealand is rapidly becoming a significant digital nation where technology is positively impacting on almost all traditional sectors such as banking, agriculture and tourism, the NZTech annual report says. Read more...

Inglewood Community Board By-election Results

Mel Cook has been voted in as a member of the Inglewood Community Board in the board’s by-election. Read more...

No political party has answer for rural health crisis

None of the political parties have an answer to solve the growing rural health crisis, a leading rural health expert says. Read more...

Major parties’ views on exercise and fitness

ExerciseNZ has asked the major political parties for their stance on health-related fitness in the run up to Saturday’s national election, so more Kiwis are better educated about exercise. Read more...

The PYF Principle for Growing Wealth

There are two golden rules for creating wealth that stand out above all others. The first, and most important, is to Spend Less Than You Earn. The second is to Pay Yourself First (PYF). Under the PYF principle, you give yourself top priority when it comes to deciding how to spend your income. Pay Yourself First by transferring money into a savings or investment account before you pay your living expenses. Read more...

The Importance of Cash

The word ‘cash’ has a very different meaning now than it did a few decades ago but it is still a vital part of a financial plan. Cash provides liquidity; that is, money when you need it. Liquidity can take many different forms. It can be notes and coin, bank deposits, credit – such as revolving credit mortgage or a credit card – or a financial asset that can be quickly and easily sold, such as bonus bonds, corporate bonds, or shares. Ideally liquid assets should be available immediately if required, with no cost or risk of loss of value associated with access to the funds. Read more...

Commemorative Limited Edition enhances 86

Toyota New Zealand has built on the driving pleasure of its 86 sports coupé with a limited-edition ‘Chris Amon Edition’ GT86 which is available in a unique Solar Flare exterior colour. Read more...

John Williams Wins NPDC’s North Ward By-election

John Williams has been voted in as a Councillor on New Plymouth District Council in the North Ward by-election. Read more...

Design of New Plymouth Airport’s New Terminal is Fit for Purpose

Plans for a new terminal at New Plymouth Airport have been given an independent seal of approval. Read more...

Balance Your Life

Everybody creates a certain amount of income and during their lifetime by one means or another – through employment, investment or setting up a business. What you do with that income determines how financially successful you will be and ultimately impacts on your enjoyment of life. Read more...

Public Feedback Wanted on Proposed Road Safety Improvements

Plans have been released for a road safety project along a key arterial route in New Plymouth.

The upgrades are designed to improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on Devon Street West between Belt Road and Belair Avenue, as part of NPDC’s Let’s Go programme with funding from the NZ Transport Agency. Read more...

Hand-Deliver Your Vote for North Ward By-election

There is just one week left to have your voice heard in the North Ward by-election! All votes must reach New Plymouth District Council by noon on Wednesday next week (6 SEPTEMBER). Read more...

Flood Damage in Popular Parks and Walkways

Floodwaters during yesterday’s (MONDAY) deluge have caused slips on New Plymouth’s two main riverside walkways and scoured out walking paths in parks and reserves. Read more...

Keep an Eye Out for Rubbish Bag Delivery

The next year-lot of rubbish bags are about to be delivered to New Plymouth District residents who receive a kerbside rubbish and recycling collection service. Read more...

NZ needs to invest in promoting tech

It's time New Zealand seriously started to invest in promoting technology, the country’s third largest export industry and fastest growing sector of our economy, a leading New Zealand tech businessman says. Read more...

Womens Health - Belinda Falconer

Hi, I’m Belinda and I’m an advocate for women’s health. As the sole distributor for Drion to New Zealand, I am passionate about the product and have experienced the amazing effects that the Drion product range has had on my own health, as well as the lives of my clients. Read more...

Shares for Young Investors

Conventional wisdom says the first significant step towards creating wealth is to get on the property ladder. However, it’s hard for young people to start creating wealth when property prices are out of reach and lending restrictions are tight. Not only that, but young people prefer to be mobile and don’t necessarily want to be tied down by owning a property. So what are the alternatives? Read more...

New technologies helping clean up NZ’s waterways

New Zealand farmers and companies are starting to use Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, data analytics and automation to decrease impact on New Zealand rivers, a leading national tech expert says. Read more...

National Relaxation Day? What a fantastic idea!

Did you know that America celebrates National Relaxation Day? What a fantastic idea! This year America celebrated National Relaxation Day on August 15. Read more...

Get Rid of Debt

If you are serious about getting ahead financially, then getting rid of debt should be one of your top priorities. Short term debt is the worst kind as it generally has very high interest rates and high repayments. It comes about for three reasons – an unexpected expense, sudden loss of income or long-term overspending. Here are five steps that will help you get rid of short term debt faster: Read more...

Police, NZ Cricket, Avery win annual RiskNZ awards

New Zealand Police and New Zealand Cricket have been honoured at RiskNZ’s annual awards in Wellington last night for their exemplary efforts in managing and mitigating risk management. Read more...

New Zealand team reaches global green solutions contest finals in Paris

Two University of Canterbury MBA students are heading to Paris as the only New Zealand team to compete in the finals of the Schneider Electric global competition Go Green in the City 2017. Read more...

Baby boomers providing demand in Kiwi fitness market

New Zealand is seeing a substantial increase in demand from the older ageing population for fitness, exercise and personal trainers, according to ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie. Read more...

Three-Month Wait No Barrier to Happy Dog Adoption

Three months in the New Plymouth Dog Pound turned out to be worth the wait for greyhound-retriever cross Mya. Read more...

Golden business egg in Vietnam for Kiwi companies

Kiwi companies are queueing up to do business with Vietnam and other similar sized Asian countries, a leading New Zealand tech businessman says. Read more...

Remove Your Headphones, Remove the Risk

Keep an eye out for safety volunteers at two pedestrian railway crossings in New Plymouth tomorrow (TUESDAY), as part of Rail Safety Week. Read more...

Johns and Sutton the supreme kitchen and bathroom winners

Christchurch’s Davinia Sutton and New Plymouth’s Glen Johns were the Supreme winners at the New Zealand’s kitchen and bathroom Excellence in Design Awards in Sydney on Friday night. Read more...

Kiwi kids to take part in breaking world record

School children all over New Zealand on Tuesday will be part of a world record setting event to get the most kids coding in 24 hours. Read more...

NZ artist to feature in world’s biggest online art exhibition

A leading New Zealand artist, Auckland’s Rewa Walia, will soon feature in one of the world’s biggest digital online art exhibition. Read more...

Two Questions Every Retiree Must Ask

With a bit of luck and hard work, you will arrive at retirement with a pot of money to supplement your income from NZ Superannuation and allow you to live comfortably. The problem is, so many uncertainties lie ahead. How long will you live? How much money will you need? What will your investment returns be? Where should you invest your money? Read more...

Voting packs being posted next week for New Plymouth District Council’s North Ward by-election

Voting packs for the North Ward by-election will be delivered by post to electors next week (from Tuesday 15 August 2017). A by-election is being held as the result of an extraordinary vacancy, following the recent resignation of a community board member. Read more...

John Waller Memorial Scholarships announced by BNZ and PwC

BNZ and PwC New Zealand are pleased to announce a new scholarship programme established at the University of Canterbury to honour former BNZ Board Chairman and respected PwC Managing Partner John Waller, ONZM, FCA. Read more...

Pragmatic Idealism and the Double Hemisphered Brain

This morning I heard Jacinda Adern, the newly elected leader of the Labour Party respond to a question by Guy Espinner, stating that she is a pragmatic idealist. I’ve never heard these terms put together in this way. What is a pragmatic idealist? The two words seem diametrically opposed! Read more...

Craig Stevenson Appointed NPDC Chief Executive

The Mayor of New Plymouth District is delighted to announce Craig Stevenson is the new Chief Executive of New Plymouth District Council (NPDC). Read more...

Investing Without Emotion

Emotions and investment are best kept apart. Put them together and you have the ingredients of a disappointing investment outcome, if not a failure. The best investment decision is one which is based on thorough financial analysis using well founded assumptions about the future. There are some investment decisions where emotions are more likely to get in the way. Read more...

Your Rights as a Repairer of Goods

The Wages Protection & Contractors Liens Act Repeal Act 1987 states that a person or business repairing or improving goods this could include mechanic or a computer repair business is entitled to a lien over the repaired goods for payment of that work. In effect the lien gives the repairer the right to retain possession of the goods until the account is paid Read more...

NZ not alone in struggling to attract tech women

Andrea Hancox, NZTech’s national director of government relations, says the whole world faces the issue of attracting and retaining women in tech and introducing tech to young women as a choice of career.  Read more...

Most Kiwis do not want to follow President Trump’s lead

A total of 92 percent of New Zealanders do not want their nation to follow President Donald Trump’s lead and withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement set in 2015. Read more...

Rural health fronting suicide prevention training all over NZ

A national rural organisation says it is concerned the public may believe nothing is happening in suicide prevention training. Read more...

Community Funding Allocations Announced

More than 30 community organisations have received grants from New Plymouth District Council’s Community Funding Investment Committee for 2017/18. Read more...

Overcoming Failures to Reach Success

The word failure is often used to describe a situation in which your desired goals were not realized at a specific point in time. There are many reasons that could have played a part in your goal not being realized and absolutely none of them have to do with your value as a person. Read more...

Historic Day for New Zealand: Maori Affairs Committee Recommends NPDC’s Waitara Lands Bill Be Approved

The Maori Affairs Committee’s recommendation that Parliament approves a Bill to free up leasehold lands in Waitara is a historic moment for New Zealand, says New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom. Read more...

NZ health sector learning to embrace the tech world

A leading digital health expert says the New Zealand health sector is still slow to embrace the tech world. Read more...

NZ cannot hide from the tyranny of distance

New Zealand cannot hide from the tyranny of distance anymore as it faces a multitude of threats similar to any other developed nation, an international risk management expert and University of Auckland senior lecturer Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor says. Read more...

UC & IBM in brainy neuroscience study

The University of Canterbury (UC) and IBM Research are bringing together their collaborative brain power to develop better computer modelling for the human brain in a new joint study agreement.  Read more...

Zero Waste and Coastal Walkway Winners in NPDC Proposed Focus Area Community Survey

Thousands of people have taken part in conversations on the proposed Focus Areas for New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) with Zero Waste and extending the Coastal Walkway from Bell Block to Waitara coming out tops. Read more...

Saving for your Children’s Education

It is natural for parents to want to give their children a good start in life, and often parents will have a financial goal of saving for their children’s education. Read more...

Using social media to help save women’s lives

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new website and social media campaign will help encourage women to have regular cervical smear tests and mammograms. Read more...