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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...