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’.

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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


Landscaping Waikato

McCanns Mowing

Mowing services for all parks, lifestyle blocks, schools, commercial and sports fields.
27th August, 2015 - Waikato
Tree Services Waikato

Tree Menders

Qualified Arborists for all your arbor culture work.
27th August, 2015 - Waikato
Painters Manawatu/Wanganui

Blocks Painting Limited

Professional painters for your home renovations or commercial building Palmerston North, Manawatu & lower North Island 06 357 6719 | 027 5602061 (Jonathan)
25th August, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Water Blasting Manawatu/Wanganui

Hogan Spray & Pump

The experts in water blasting and sprayers, servicing and supplying quality equipment.
25th August, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Flooring Waikato

Brockliss Contractors - a division of Conslab Ltd.

Specialising in Epoxy & Polyester Flooring Toppings|Auckland
25th August, 2015 - Waikato
Home services Waikato

Waikato Water

Commercial & Residential Tank Cleaning & Water Delivery in the Region of Waikato
24th August, 2015 - Waikato
Hairdressing Manawatu/Wanganui

Revolve Styling

When your hair looks good, so do we! Palmerston North Hair Salon
24th August, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui

Select Valet

We provide a fully mobile valet and car washing service.
23rd August, 2015 - Waikato
Accommodation Waikato

Leamington Motel

Quiet, affordable, comfortable. Stay at Leamington Motel for your next holiday...
23rd August, 2015 - Waikato
Accommodation Manawatu/Wanganui

Woodlands Park B & B

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23rd August, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Building Inspections Manawatu/Wanganui

N Z House Surveys

Throughout Manawatu and Horowhenua, you can put your trust in our experienced house inspectors
22nd August, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Kitchen Design Waikato

Sandra Grummitt Design

Kitchen and bathroom design, operating throughout the Waikato for over 30 years.
22nd August, 2015 - Waikato
Property Management Manawatu/Wanganui

City Central Property Management

21st August, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Earthmoving Waikato

Cambridge Excavators

Civil, Rural and Drainage Contracting Specialists
21st August, 2015 - Waikato
Engraving Waikato

Davy Engravers

Your local one stop shop for all your engraving needs Hamilton Shop | servicing everywhere in the North Island
21st August, 2015 - Waikato
Locksmith Waikato

A1 Budget Locksmiths

Residential, commercial and automotive locksmiths for Hamilton and the Waikato region
20th August, 2015 - Waikato
Builder Waikato

ASAP Contracting

Building repairs, renovation and alterations, residential, commercial, industrial, rural
20th August, 2015 - Waikato
GasfittingPlumber Manawatu/Wanganui

Star Plumbing

For your professional and certified team of plumber for plumbing, gas fitting and all installation, maintenance and additions. Servicing the Horowhenua, Manawatu and Palmerston North.
19th August, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Scrap Metal Dealers Manawatu/Wanganui

Strongs Metal Recycling

Buying and selling all types of scrap metal in Manawatu, Horowhenua, and Rangitikei region
18th August, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Accommodation Waikato

Earthstead Villas

Luxury eco accommodation
18th August, 2015 - Waikato
Farm supplies Waikato

Liberty Genetics

Liberty Genetics Providing the best value
18th August, 2015 - Waikato

Central Demolition

Specialists in demolition and asbestos servicing throughout the lower North Island.
17th August, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui
Aluminium JoineryJoinery Waikato

Brewer Joinery

Waikato & the Central North Island Aluminum windows and doors |Interior Doors |Hardware
17th August, 2015 - Waikato
Fire ExtinguishersSafety Equipment National

Stock Aid

Quality First Aid, Safety, Hygiene and Protective Products in New Zealand
27th August, 2015 - National
Wine National

Pheasant Creek Wines

Rangitikei's very own wine in New Zealand
24th August, 2015 - National
Food products National

The Cats & Dogs Dinner Company

Pure NZ natural unprocessed game, farmed meat and fish for your cats and dogs.
22nd August, 2015 - National
Storage National


Storage technology and shelving systems for businesses in New Zealand. Offers global distribution.
20th August, 2015 - National

Shoe Clinic

Find the right shoe for you from New Zealand's top footwear and apparel retailer.
19th August, 2015 - National
Printing National

Flag and Banner

Catering nationwide for premium quality flags, banners and banner stands Guaranteed best price for all NZ made flags and banners
19th August, 2015 - National
Car Valet National

Mobile Hand

For your 24/7 mobile valet service! servicing New Zealand.
17th August, 2015 - National
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Local Business Of the Month

Refrigeration Waikato

Cotter Refrigeration

Refrigeration systems, air conditioning and more... Specialists in dairy, industrial and commercial refrigeration.

Installing, supply, maintaining and servicing refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation systems for commercial and light industrial use.

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.

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Supply, installation and servicing of refrigeration commercially and industrially.! Click here.

From installation to servicing, Cotter Refrigeration does the whole process, with a range of HVAC air-conditioning, heat pumps, commercial freezers and 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.

Servicing the Auckland, North Waikato and Pukekohe regions with light industrial and commercial HVAC Refrigeration engineering
16th August, 2015 - Waikato
Tour companies Waikato

Tukino Skifield

Check out the amazing eastern slopes of Mt. Ruapehu and have a one of a kind skiing experience on the Tukino Ski Field.

Don't spend your time in a waiting line. Come check out the amazing sloops of Tukino and get a more intimate experience with the mountain.

Check out our accommodation options for staying on the mountain, close to the action.

Stay on the mountain

Comfortable on-mountain accommodation is provided in three modern ski lodges at Tukino. You can ski right to your door.

Ski lessons

Instruction available - book your lesson at the ticket office or give us a call for more information.

Ski where the sun shines first!
15th August, 2015 - Waikato
Carpet Cleaning Waikato

Xtract Carpet Cleaning

Don't go anywhere else beyond the Xtract Carpet Cleaning for professional carpet cleaning.

Prioritizing personalised, informative services, you can count on our carpet cleaners for... - Stain & fabric protection - Upholstery cleaning services - Deep steam carpet cleaning

We are also experts in removing unwanted pests from your home and office - check out our Pest Attack Pest Control website.

Clean, healthy carpets & upholstery? Click here.

Make your home safe for your family - bring back the good condition of your carpets and furniture with our expert upholstery and carpet cleaning services.

Remove stains on your furniture

Are you constantly worried about spills on your treasured furniture pieces? Our stain protection will ensure this is no longer a problem in your household.

Take off that unwanted pests!

Whether it's a bug problem or a rodent problem, we can ensure your pests are effectively removed from your property with pest control service.

Helping you keep your home fresh with clean carpets and upholstery!
15th August, 2015 - Waikato
BuilderDecksFencing ContractorsRenovations Waikato

Andrew Galbraith Building Contractor Ltd

Qualified Waikato builders for all your new home building and home renovation requirements. New homes, renovations, decks, fences, sheds, garages, pergolas and a lot more...

The award winning team of home builders at Andrew Galbraith Building Contractor Ltd provides you...

Fence building for privacy and security Experienced home builders for new home construction Home renovations, alterations and additions Kitchen makeovers and bathroom renovations Deck building to create indoor or outdoor flow

Innovative home builders? Click here.

For 35 years of experience as new home builders, Andrew Galbraith Building Contractor, skilfully make sure your new home is built with outstanding standards passing the Master Builder qualifications.

Specialist home make overs? Click here.

For specialist home renovations, including for the bathroom and kitchen, Andrew Galbraith Building Contractor – winners of 2006 – 2007 House of Year Renovation Award category – are the builders to get in touch with.

Decks and gates

Personalise and add value to your property! If you need deck building for creating a great entertainment area, or you want fences and gates around your home for privacy and security, contact us!

Award winning building contractor for Hamilton and greater Waikato region
15th August, 2015 - Waikato
Electrician Manawatu/Wanganui

Dean Smith-Pilling Electrical Limited

Talk to the Master Electricians at Dean Smith-Pilling Electrical Limited for commercial and new home wiring & rewiring.

Commercial and new home wiring & rewiring... Electrical installations, repairs & maintenance... C bus home automation installation & wiring...

For a free electrical services quote, kindly fill up the form to the right.

Reliable wiring jobs for home and commercial buildings! Click here.

A home's wiring should be reliable, as faults can cause very expensive repairs in the future. If you're building a new home or renovating, get your wiring system checked and installed by a professional electrician.

Master electrician repairs, maintenance and installation

When it comes to electrical systems in a home, you need to keep them maintained properly and functioning correctly for the safety of yourself and other residents. Call a Master Electrician to complete your electrical repairs today.

Home device automation controllers

Control all of the devices in your home with a new c bus home automation installation by our approved installers.

Home automation makes your home smarter and simpler to use from your master electricians
14th August, 2015 - Manawatu/Wanganui

National Business Of the Month

Clothing National


Come and have a look at what the 14+ size specialists can offer your.

We always ensure that we are providing our customers with the latest in design and materials so that you are always looking great.

Have a look around our online store to see what Zebrano can offer you or your loved one.


Embrace your curves, shape and size with Lucabella. It is a range of contemporary fashion pieces that are designed on New Zealand.

Designs by Jacki Peters

Designed and manufactured exclusively in New Zealand, this exciting label features a fabulous selection of casual, corporate and fun after-five wear, all exquisitely cut to fit you.

Euphoria Collection

Euphoria's distinctive designs are characterized by luxurious fabrics, rich textures, beautiful details. The design team's passion for sumptuous style with a dash of difference is tempered by an unsurpassed knowledge of what works for women who wear a size 14+.

For all + size designer clothing
16th August, 2015 - National
Food products National

Mexican Supplies Limited

The Mexicano Corn Chip company offer delicious Mexican style corn chips, and with Gluten Free options there is something for everyone and every occasion.

We are currently stocked in a wide range of NZ supermarket outlets, and have the capacity to export our products worldwide.

Mexicano is operated by Mexican Supplies Limited, who also offer a wide range of other Mexican foods products.

What do we do?! Click here.

Mexican Supplies Ltd is proudly owned and operated right here in New Zealand, producing the delicious Mexicano Corn Chips.

Other Products

Apart from NZ's tastiest, home grown GM free corn chips, we also make a wide range of other Mexican foods.

Are you interested?! Click here.

If you are interested in stocking Mexicano corn chips in your store then get in touch with us!

Worldwide distributorship of New Zealand grown, GM free corn chips
16th August, 2015 - National