New trapping technology for rural New Plymouth

NEW TRAPPING TECHNOLOGY IS HELPING THE LARGE-SCALE REMOVAL OF STOATS, FERRETS AND WEASELS IN RURAL NEW PLYMOUTH – THE FIRST STEP IN A LARGE SCALE RURAL OPERATION THAT WILL BE A NEW ZEALAND FIRST. Read more...

Dynamic international duo announced to lead Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

NPDC has appointed Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh as co-directors of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre. The announcement follows a six-month global search. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...