A sizeable region on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Taranaki has a population of 110,500. Its main city is New Plymouth, named for Plymouth in Devon, England, the embarkation point of New Zealand’s first English settlers. Taranaki itself is named for its major geographical feature, Mount Taranaki. Standing an impressive 2,518 metres, Mount Taranaki is an active but quiescent volcano, experiencing minor eruptions every 90 years on average. The region’s rich volcanic soil combined with generous rainfall renders it exceptionally fertile, and agriculture is Taranaki’s major industry.

The Taranaki region is significant to New Zealand history as the site of major conflict between Maori and Europeans in the second half of the 19th century. Clashes resulted from Maori opposition to land sales, and alarm amongst settlers led to the installation of large numbers of British troops. Eventually war broke out and continued for more than 20 years, and the legacy of the Taranaki Wars has remained with the region into modern times. The small coastal settlement of Parihaka is an iconic and enduring symbol of the wars; in the 1860s Parihaka was the site of a peaceful resistance by Maori to European land confiscations. Land confiscations were later acknowledged to be unjust and unlawful by the New Zealand Government, and the eventual invasion of Parihaka by European militia and volunteers came to be regarded as one of the worst human and civil rights invasions in New Zealand history. Today the settlement is regarded as a spiritually important site and a symbol of nonviolent resistance action and peaceful coexistence between races and cultures.

Taranaki’s dairy industry is the basis of the region’s economy. The massive Whareroa dairy processing factory, at Hawera, is the southern hemisphere’s second largest. The site employs 1000 people and collects and processes up to 14 million litres of milk each day. In 2008, Taranaki had 2,360 people employed in dairy cattle farming, 1,810 in dairy product manufacture, and 2,120 in meat and meat product manufacturing.

A number of notable New Zealanders were born in Taranaki, including present and past All Blacks Beauden Barrett, Grant Fox, Conrad Smith, and Luke McAlister. Actress Melanie Lynskey, who has enjoyed extensive success in Hollywood, was born in New Plymouth. However, she’s not Taranaki’s only connection to Hollywood: due to its resemblance to Mt. Fuji, Mount Taranaki and the Taranaki region provided the backdrop to the 2003 Tom Cruise film The Last Samurai.

Visitors to Taranaki are drawn by its renowned surf, beautiful coastlines, the scenery and challenge of Mount Taranaki, and endless outdoor pursuits and sites of cultural importance. It’s a unique region, deserving of its marketing catchphrase ‘Like no other’.

Latest News

Quote of the Day

"Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming!"
November 25, 2015

Police crack down on unsafe helmets

As people dust of their motorbikes for summer, police are warning riders to check their gear before hitting the road.
November 23, 2015

Puke Ariki Art Market

An array of affordable quality art and crafts for the whole family.
November 19, 2015

2015's Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is an emoji

In a breakthrough moment for pictographs, Oxford Dictionaries announced an emoji as Word of the Year 2015.
November 17, 2015

The Australian Led Zeppelin Show - Zeppelin Live

The Led Zeppelin Show is Australia's premiere and most authentic tribute to Led Zeppelin. Complete with costumes, stage presentation, authentic instruments and equipment the same as Led Zeppelin used on stage, The Led Zeppelin Show captures the electricity and live experience of a Led Zeppelin concert.
November 12, 2015

Quote of the Day

"A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it."
November 10, 2015

Royal flight arrives into New Plymouth after weather delay

A late start has meant part of the royal tour of New Plymouth has been cancelled.
November 8, 2015

Gypsy Travellers Fair

Yea we are back again at the Waitara Primary School on the week end of 7th & 8th of October.
November 5, 2015

Duck's beak left hanging by a 'strip of flesh' reattached by surgeon

A Wellington duck found with her beak hanging by a thread will live to quack another day after cutting-edge surgery.
November 4, 2015

Maori community board 'not possible' - Judd

Calls for a Maori community board to be set up have been quashed as legally impossible by New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd.
November 2, 2015

Taranaki Puanga Festival

Held in Waitara for people of all ages and ethnicity across the Taranaki region to come together in a safe environment to celebrate Maori & our unique NZ culture, local Taranaki talent, community inclusivity and striving to be the your absolute best.
October 29, 2015

Quote of the Day

"You can observe a lot by watching."
October 27, 2015

Hawera to get telemedicine treatment option next year

Mental health patients in South Taranaki will soon have access to some 21st century technology.
October 25, 2015


Rocktober 2015 – A Series of rocking gigs showcasing the best of bands found in the Demon Energy Battle of the Bands National Championship and other favourite NZ bands
October 22, 2015

4.8 magnitude earthquake hits north of Opunake

There was little time to drop, cover and hold when an earthquake hit in Taranaki this morning.
October 21, 2015

On Canada's election trail: Tales of bathrobes, hairstyles, mugs and pants

As Canadians head to the polls, it's well worth taking a look back at one of the most entertaining federal election campaigns that country has ever seen.
October 19, 2015

Makeshift Parachutes

We are Makeshift Parachutes; a psychedelic rock band recently relocated from Austin Texas, USA to Auckland, NZ.
October 15, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit."
October 13, 2015

Park safely in front of schools or risk a fine

New Plymouth District Council and police are coming down hard on parents who park badly outside the school gate.
October 11, 2015

Annie Jr

Warren Bates’ Stage Centre is bringing this classic tale based on Little Orphan Annie to life with a new and exciting staging unlike any other and filled with 50+ talented young performers
October 8, 2015

Glen Eden goes potty over hole

A pothole in the Auckland suburb of Glen Eden has gotten so big that it has its own Facebook page.
October 7, 2015

Judge imposes 'modest' fine for workplace accident at New Plymouth warehouse

A plea from a New Plymouth company's lawyer has paid off after a judge imposed a "modest" fine for a workplace accident which knocked a man unconscious.
October 5, 2015

Taranaki Comedy Club October

The World Famous Taranaki Comedy Club in October features for the first time GISH. One of the busiest touring comics in New Zealand, Gish has played more towns and cities than anyone else as well as being a youtube sensation with his song parodies.
October 1, 2015

Quote of the Day

"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."
September 29, 2015

Mountainside rescue finds trampers cold, but okay

Four people, including two boys aged 9 and 10, have been rescued off the side of Mount Taranaki on Sunday evening returning home chilly, but safe.
September 27, 2015

Jesus brain scan a 'miracle'

A former Blenheim man says there are signs of divine intervention in a scan of his wife's brain after she had emergency surgery following a stroke.
September 25, 2015

Shed - The Tool Tribute with Stone Grilled Lizards

Witness the foundations of New Plymouth's historical Mayfair shake as Shed - The Tool Tribute recreate a set-list of anthems from American prog-rock titans Tool. Also disturbing the bedrock, Stone Grilled Lizards will be showcasing local creative prowess with their innovative brand of punk infused alt-rock.
September 23, 2015

Taranaki faces multi-million dollar bill for flooding damage to council roads

Cleanup costs from Taranaki's June floods have set the region's councils back more than $17 million.
September 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."
September 17, 2015

Guantanamo detainee sets up online dating profile, ready to 'mingle'

A detainee at Guantanamo Bay has set up an online dating profile saying he is "detained but ready to mingle", according to his lawyer.
September 15, 2015

Lights out for Taranaki's hospo industry's 2015 knees-up and awards night

Taranaki's annual hospitality knees-up and industry awards night has been cancelled for 2015.
September 13, 2015

New Plymouth man Gary Timothy Fenwick sentenced for toilet filming

A self-confessed porn addict and voyeur who secretly filmed people in toilets using hidden cameras has been revealed after losing a bid for permanent name suppression.
September 10, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."
September 9, 2015

'Worthwhile' exercise helps hones rescue skills

A search and rescue exercise on Mt Taranaki has been judged a "worthwhile" success.
September 7, 2015

Taranaki Comedy Club September

Taranaki Comedy Club in September welcomes Wilson Dixon as the headline act. This Country Singer-come-comedy performer is one of the stars of the international comedy scene. With his own BBC radio show, winner of the Fred Dagg award for comedy and own TVNZ special, an evening with Wilson Dixon is an unforgettable one.
September 3, 2015

Hastings beats small field in most beautiful city in NZ and best toilet titles

Hastings has been declared the nation's most beautiful city. But only two other cities put themselves up for the title.
September 1, 2015

Camper believed to have caused fire under nightclub

A small "campfire" under the old Mill nightclub in New Plymouth has smoked out the building and seen two fire trucks rush to the scene.
August 30, 2015

Camille O'Sullivan

French-Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan soars on stage with her theatrical storytelling, sorcery and seductive intensity. She turns every song into an epic performance of gutsy emotion, always adding her own twist to an eclectic mix of music.
August 27, 2015

Quote of the Day

"I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else."
August 26, 2015

Rain and more rain for Taranaki region

Another wet day is on the cards for Taranaki.
August 24, 2015

Herbs Acoustic

Herbs Acoustic Live at the Bridge Cafe & Bar
August 20, 2015

Video footage demonstrates how rats swim up sewer pipes and into toilets

Long feared and almost universally reviled, rats have been linked with a multitude of awe-inspiring feats, including wiping out millions of humans through three global pandemics. (Although a recent study exonerated rats for spreading the bubonic plague that devastated Europe in the 14th century. Gerbils are now taking the fall for that one.)
August 19, 2015

Suspicious car fires in New Plymouth overnight

Two cars were set alight in a New Plymouth parking lot overnight, in what is believed to be a suspicious fire.
August 17, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human."
August 13, 2015

Endangered Olive Ridley sea turtle heading for Auckland

Ridley, the critically injured tropical sea turtle, is about to leave Wellington Zoo and head to her new temporary home at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland.
August 11, 2015

Surgeon Elizabeth Dennett breaking ceilings in medicine

A former Taranaki woman is breaking glass ceilings in the medical world.
August 9, 2015

Taranaki Comedy Club

Back to the usual first Friday of the month, the World Famous Taranaki Comedy Club boasts another great night of top Kiwi laughs with Co-Hosts Ben Hurley and Vaughan King
August 6, 2015

Video of giant Minion attack emerges

A large inflatable of a yellow movie character caused chaos on the roads of North Dublin on Monday, when it broke free from a nearby fairground.
August 5, 2015

Pembroke Rd School closes for the day as wild weather hits Taranaki

Wild weather has seen power cuts at a number of properties in Central Taranaki, with one primary school even closing for the day.
August 3, 2015

Zirka Circus

Zirka Circus is proud to bring you its 4th tour of New Zealand, our new show "Cross the ocean" and it's more spectacular than ever!
July 30, 2015

Quote of the Day

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
July 28, 2015

Solutions needed to address looming demographic changes in Taranaki

Welcoming more immigrants to Taranaki may help the region address its looming population changes, according to one academic.
July 26, 2015

Winter Wonderland Spectacular

Taranaki boasts one of the most breathtaking Winter landscapes in New Zealand. Our Mountain, climate and venue opportunities scream Winter Wonderland. Bringing Taranaki's finest wedding and event specialists together, to showcase their services and products in a unique 3 day event.
July 23, 2015

Quote of the Day

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
July 22, 2015

Kilos of coins stolen in raid at La Nuova laundromat in New Plymouth

An offender got away with kilograms of gold coins after a New Plymouth laundromat was raided twice in four hours.
July 20, 2015

Quote Of the Day

Don't you know that every perfect life would mean the end of art?
July 16, 2015

Emergency services attend two crashes on Devon Rd

Two people have been cut from a car using the jaws of life after a crash on State Highway 3, near Waitara.
July 14, 2015

Toddler cuddles enormous pet python

Some may see a giant deadly snake, but to two-year-old Alisha-Mae Cowan this yellow python is nothing but a family pet.
July 14, 2015

Qoute Of the Day

There are good people who are dealt a bad hand by fate, and bad people who live long, comfortable, privileged lives. A small twist of fate can save or end a life; random chance is a permanent, powerful player in each of our lives, and in human history as well.
July 14, 2015

Taranaki high schools' senior students failing final year

Three Taranaki high schools rate among the country's best in NCEA results - but for the rest of them it's a matter of "can do better."
July 14, 2015

Huge vortex 'capable of sucking in a full-sized boat' forms on US lake

A huge vortex 'capable of sucking in a full-sized boat' has formed on Lake Texoma near Texas-Oklahoma border in the United States.
July 14, 2015

Qoute of the Day

I actually think that the most efficacious way of making a difference is to lead by example, and doing random acts of kindness is setting a very good example of how to behave in the world.
July 14, 2015

Storm damage still impacting on Taranaki exporters

The storm that battered Taranaki recently is continuing to have an impact on the region's exporters.
July 14, 2015


Earthmoving Waikato

Cambridge Excavators


Civil, Rural and Drainage Contracting Specialists

25th November, 2015 - Waikato
Beauty Therapy Manawatu/Wanganui

Pure Beauty Therapy


Relaxing, natural beauty therapy that really works.

25th November, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Auto Repairs Waikato

Mainstreet Transmissions


Expert Mechanics in Manual and Automatic Transmissions

25th November, 2015 - Waikato
Septic Tanks Waikato

Cambridge Septic Tank Services


Quality septic tank services in Hamilton and the Waikato region. Working today for a cleaner tomorrow.

24th November, 2015 - Waikato
Garden Maintenance Manawatu/Wanganui

Natural Bark & Compost


Superior garden compost, potting mix, garden mix, topsoil and landscape products.

24th November, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Carpet CleaningCleanersPest Control Waikato

Fundamental Cleaning


Putting the basics first! A discreet service for all of your pest control and cleaning needs.

23rd November, 2015 - Waikato
Restaurant/Cafe Waikato

Onyx Restaurant Cafe & Bar


Cafe, restaurant and bar in Cambridge A welcoming and warm environment, standard customer services and sumptuous food

23rd November, 2015 - Waikato
Locksmith Waikato

A1 Budget Locksmiths


Residential, commercial and automotive locksmiths for Hamilton and the Waikato region

23rd November, 2015 - Waikato
Electrician Manawatu/Wanganui

Dean Smith-Pilling Electrical Limited


Making your home smarter with home automation and electrical services

22nd November, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Childcare Waikato

Kowhai Childcare


A protected and natural habitat for children from 6 months - 6 years old

22nd November, 2015 - Waikato
GasfittingHeat PumpsHeat Pumps Waikato

All Star Heating & Gas


Efficient, personal service on all of your heating maintenance and gas fitting needs for Waikato

22nd November, 2015 - Waikato
Carpet Cleaning Waikato

Xtract Carpet Cleaning


Keeping your carpets and upholstery clean and healthy!

21st November, 2015 - Waikato
Draughtsman/Architect Waikato

KiwiCad Architectural Design


Architectural design & plan drawing for residential, commercial & public buildings – New Zealand wide

21st November, 2015 - Waikato
Accommodation Manawatu/Wanganui

Wimbledon Villa


"Providing a safe, caring and peaceful home"

21st November, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Bathroom RenovationsBricklayersBuilderCarpet CleaningCarpet LayingCleanersConcrete ContractorsDecksDrain LayingDrivewaysElectricianFencing ContractorsGarden MaintenanceGlazierHandymanHedge TrimmingHouse WashingKitchen DesignLandscapingLawnmowingLocksmithPaintersPavingPest ControlPlasteringPlumberProperty MaintenanceRetaining WallRoofing and Roof CoatingsSection ClearingTilingTree ServicesTrellisesWater BlastingWindow Repairs Waikato

TradeSkills Waikato


Additions for all properties and maintenance services.

20th November, 2015 - Waikato
Builder Waikato

Watts and Hughes Construction


Local, Approachable, Innovative

20th November, 2015 - Waikato
GasfittingPlumber Waikato

Allgas & Plumbing Waikato


Waikato plumbers and gasfitting specialists, residential and commercial.

19th November, 2015 - Waikato
Car Wreckers Waikato

Free Car Removals


Free car removals, we pay top cash for your car! Highly skilled car wreckers in Hamilton.

19th November, 2015 - Waikato
Accommodation Waikato

Earthstead Villas


Luxurious eco accommodation

18th November, 2015 - Waikato
Photography Waikato

Seddon Portrait House


Superior quality photography and framed portraits

18th November, 2015 - Waikato
Roofing and Roof Coatings Manawatu/Wanganui

Lance Berry Roofing


All your roofing needs in the Manawatu region.

17th November, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Business products and services Manawatu/Wanganui



We deliver progressive safety and health training courses for organizations in New Zealand

17th November, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
AlarmsTv Aerial Waikato

ARC Automation, Security & Electrical


For all your electrical, automation and security installation and servicing needs.

17th November, 2015 - Waikato
Safety Equipment Manawatu/Wanganui

Selous Workforce


Height safety technicians and industrial abseiling all over New Zealand

16th November, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Builder Waikato

ASAP Contracting


Rural, residential, industrial and commercial building repairs and renovation throughout Waikato

16th November, 2015 - Waikato
Farm supplies Waikato

Liberty Genetics


Liberty Genetics Offering the best value

16th November, 2015 - Waikato
Personal products and service National

Aurora Psychic Readings


Lara Brosnahan, NZ clairvoyant medium and psychic, phone readings, Tarot and angel card readings call 0800300680 or 090030068

24th November, 2015 - National
Personal products and service National

Stay Well Pharmacy


New Zealand wide local pharmacists, with free delivery on all your vitamins, supplements and health care products when you spend over $80.

20th November, 2015 - National
Storage National

Containers Direct


Containers Direct has been at the forefront of container modifications in New Zealand for over 15 years.

19th November, 2015 - National
Business products and services National

Pioneer Group


Nation wide cardboard recycling, compacting and waste division. Helping with eco-friendly, efficient cardboard waste management.

18th November, 2015 - National
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Local Business Of the Month

Gasfitting Taranaki

Allgas Taranaki Limited

Gas central heating is the best choice for cost-effective reliable heating in your home. For fast and easy installation, contact us now!

Appliances you find around the home are a huge cause of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions and demand for energy.

Huge amounts of residential energy consumption can be the fault of heating systems that aren't very efficient. Central gas heating provides a green alternative to this problem.

Home gas heating. Click here.

For the best in innovative technology, install Brivis Gas central heating for an energy efficient system sure to make your home warm without using large amounts of energy.

Ongoing Hot Water Flow? Click here.

If you need your old electric hot water cylinder replaced with a continous flow gas hot water system, contact Allgas Taranaki and we'll provide you with top quality installation services from a certified gasfitter and plumber.

Gas Fireplaces. Click here.

If you want efficient easy heating with the look of a real fire, Allgas Taranaki installs impressive gas fireplaces for a more comfortable home.


Professional installation of hot water systems and gas heating across Taranaki.

15th November, 2015 - Taranaki
Property Management Manawatu/Wanganui

City Central Property Management Ltd

Offers Complete Property Services in Palmerston North

Leave your Manawatu rental property in the hands of experienced property managers

When talking about your rental property, it is a must that it is being managed and maintained by a professional property manager.

Trusted Investment Property Managers. Click here.

We are skilled when it comes to high end properties where owners expects the value and condition their asset or investment property to be maintained at a high level.

Expert Residential Property Management? Click here.

Here at City Central Property Management will handle all of your residential properties that includes flats, multi-unit dwellings, large units and private properties in Palmerston North and the Manawatu region.

Professional Property Managers

You can rely on our property management services for your property. We are highly experienced managers with a great track record and offers maximum legal protection for all of your investment.


Safeguard Your Asset With Property Management 027 554 4331 Palmerston North & Manawatu

14th November, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Refrigeration Waikato

Cotter Refrigeration

HVAC refrigeration engineering and systems from the commercial, dairy and industrial refrigeration specialists.

We both can maintain, service, supply and install a variety of equipment commercially and industrially including air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration.

For true experts in the heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) industry, trust a company that have been around for over 40 years.

HVAC for commercial and light industrial.

Cotter Refrigeration can supply, install and maintain HVAC air conditioning and heat pumps for both commercial and residential use. We can help you with everything from design to final commissioning.

Refrigeration for both commercial and industrial uses? Click here.

Does your business need new commercial freezers, or new refrigeration units? Cotter Refrigeration offer professional installation and maintenance services for all refrigeration systems.

Quality commercial and industrial refrigeration units

From heat pumps to air conditioners to refrigeration, Cotter Refrigeration installs, supplies and services them all with friendly professional service.


Commercial and light industrial HVAC Refrigeration engineering. Servicing Pukekohe, Auckland and North Waikato

13th November, 2015 - Waikato

National Business Of the Month

Food products National

The Cats & Dogs Dinner Company

Online retail shop & deliveries to your door from Wellington to Levin, retail shop in Raumati South.

NZ raw dog food samples are available in packs online if you need a place to start, otherwise you can learn more on our site about the Prey Model Diet.

Check more of our stuff online, where we offer low grain biscuits and training treats, loaded with calcium.

Browse our online store

For treat biscuits, natural chews, NZ prime raw meat and shipping across New Zealand, buy your pets' meals at the Cats and Dogs Dinner Company. We also do deliveries to your doorstep in the Wellington area.

Raumati based retail store! Click here.

MPI licensed and with no additives, fillers or preservatives, you'll find only the best quality products in our retail store at 10 Clunie Avenue, Raumati South, open six days a week.

About our quality products

With all of our premium meats and prime cuts being 100% traceable as well as our risk management plan for safety, you can be sure your pet is getting the best, safe, quality meats from an MPI licensed supplier.


Natural unprocessed fish, meat and game from NZ for quality cat and dog dinners.

15th November, 2015 - National
Car Valet National

Mobile Hand

Here at Mobile Hand our professional team of cleaners can groom and truck, boat car, motorbike, agricultural equipment and much much more.

We are one of the largest companies in New Zealand that delivers a wide range of valet services. We are experts, honest and can offer you with the finest quality results.

We are a company that only hires the most passionate car groomer. Our team love what they do and love giving customers the best results possible.

Our prices

We have very competitive priving for car grooming services for marine groom, pre sale grooming, truck, car valet and much more.


It does not matter if you know what service you are looking for or if you just want to ask some questions. Our team will reply to any enquiry and help to answer and of your questions that you may have.

Fleet rates? Click here.

If you'd appreciate a punctual valet service that works to your deadlines, exceeds your expectations and gets you back on the road as soon as possible, then talk to us.


Qualified mobile valet services available nationwide for 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.

14th November, 2015 - National
Printing National


With over 42,000 unites sold since 1995, trust in us to get the right display stand for your trade show conferences or in store use right.

There is no hassle with our ease of assembly and ultra sharp image quality.

Prompt callback response for enquiries and a 24hr* emergency print service for those ultra desperate jobs.

BANNERBUG. More bang for your buck. Click here.

Premium self-retracting 'Pull-Up' banner stands. Extra height at 2.2m creates more impact at trade shows.

Satisfaction at a very budget friendly price.

The pull up display for your business meeting. Being nice and light you are able to transport this product well.


Stunning portable display systems for your trade shows, conference or presentation

14th November, 2015 - National

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