New Plymouth nearly lost one of its prime reserves, the Fitzroy Golf Course, this year. After this was written, the idea’s main champion, Mayor Neil Holdom, backed off the plan. He had little choice after hundreds of people made submissions to the council deploring his intention. Read how it happened: The Fitzroy golf course story
Will New Plymouth ratepayers be shelling out millions and millions for waste disposal over the next couple of decades? New Plymouth District councillor Richard Handley has other plans: Zero waste
There may be dangerous bacteria and viruses floating around in Taranaki’s renowned surf breaks – but how would we know? Surfers want Taranaki Regional Council to start testing the surf for bugs: Water bugs
DESIGNS ON DEMENTIA
Plans for a super-modern dementia care centre – developed with the help of the world’s leading researchers – will be built soon at an idyllic Taranaki setting: Maida Vale’s bold plan
‘Swimmability’ is the new political buzzword being used about the state of our rivers and beaches. But what about our surf breaks, of which there are about 80 in Taranaki that are used year-round? How safe are our surfers? Find out here: Swim-inability Article
We’re also running a survey on surf break health risks. Please fill it in by clicking Taranaki Surf Break Health Safety
A bunch of leading Taranaki innovators is offering free advice to people with inventions, on how their creation might be turned into commercial success. Read about the ‘fourth engine’ of the region’s economy: The Innovators
The story of Taranaki’s most generous environmental benefactor, Dr George Mason. He’s giving millions to ensure research continues into what makes the planet tick: Dr George Mason
Taranaki’s polytechnic needs to reinvent itself to help stem the loss of the province’s young people. Read how Witt plans to do that: Sharpening our Witt
How they’re going to save New Zealand’s oldest stone church – Taranaki Cathedral in New Plymouth: Saving our soul
It’s a quarter century since New Plymouth got its first hospice, set up in a disused Taranaki Base Hospital ward. Today it’s well-appointed stand-alone facility – but getting there meant political infighting that lasted a couple of decades. Read the history here: Hospice Heroes
The Sheep Whisperer
Jodi Roebuck is a Taranaki sheep farmer whose sheep run after him, and a pasture and seed man with such revolutionary ideas he’s in demand around the world as a speaker and trainer. See what makes him so interesting: Sheep Whisperer
Why a mining company wants to dig a big hole in the South Taranaki seabed using a method never tried on this scale before – and why a lot of people want to stop them: Seabed mining
A businessman with a world-wide business tells why he retains his ties to the small North Taranaki settlement of Tikorangi: Gavin Faull story
How two Taranaki high schools help shape the future of New Zealand rugby: Nursery Tales
Neil Holdom was as surprised as anyone when he was elected mayor of New Plymouth in the October local body elections. In this story, he talks about what happened next – and what he has planned for the district: The Accidental Mayor
How Taranaki is coming back from its worst recession in a generation
My interview with out-going New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd: andrew-judd-interview-full-text
What happens next with our local body politics
Why New Plymouth is facing the biggest disruption to its council in more than a generation: NEXIT
Originally budgeted to cost $16 million, the new northern entrance to New Plymouth has come in around $24 million, and there’s more work to be done before we get a smooth ride: New front door
Colin Cooper is less well known is his extraordinary success as a mentor to up-and-coming coaches: Coach Colin
Len Lye shy
Curator rejects a call to show more of his kinetic sculptures
The managers of New Plymouth iconic Len Lye Centre say they can’t display more than four Len Lye kinetic sculptures at any one time. Here’s why: Len Lye sculpture scarcity And here you can read why I think the managers are wrong: Why they’ve got Len wrong
The day the you-know-what hit the fan
An investigation into whether millions spent on fixing Waitara’s sewage problems has done the job. Click here: Waitara’s sewage dramas
How a budget airline is changing the way we fly
Australian cheapie airline Jetstar first landed in New Plymouth on February 1 this year. JIM TUCKER looks at what it’s done to our travel. ROB TUCKER took the photos: Jetstar Wars
With Super Rugby about to kick off, Jim Tucker re-examines the deal that put Ferdinand and Mooloo in the same paddock: Mooloo reviewed
Taranaki is renowned for shipping out natural gas and dairy products, but it exports another product, as well – people. Live magazine is tracking some of them down, and in this article we find out: Susan Rogers-Allan
A new economy is developing in Taranaki, a phenomenon that threatens to engulf everything from real estate to health services.
JIM TUCKER looks at how we will cope: Silver the new gold Nov 2015
Re-invention of the daily news
An era lasting 163 years ended when the Taranaki Daily News printing press shut down for the last time on May 15, 2015. JIM TUCKER examines big changes at our local rag: Pressing On
How the Taranaki rugby team intends to make more history. After winning the national provincial rugby competition last year, the Taranaki Rugby Football Union looks at how to repeat that first-time success. JIM TUCKER rates their chances. Live magazine, August-September edition, 2015
The remarkable story of how New Plymouth businessman and engineer John Matthews got hold of the Len Lye kinetic art collection for his home town, which has just completed its new $11.5 million Len Lye Centre (pictured).
With school pools closing down and fewer kids being taught to swim, Taranaki’s prime surf beaches have become even more hazardous. JIM TUCKER and CHRISTINE WALSH look at what’s happening to keep our children safe.
Click HERE> to read the article, which appeared in the February-March, 2015, edition of Taranaki’s Live magazine.
In the heat of the 2014 election campaign, Prime Minister John Key promised something the people of Taranaki have yearned after for 175 years – a better road north. Or did he? JIM TUCKER looks into what opposition politicians dubbed a classic case of “pork barrel” politics.
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Published in the December-January, 2015, edition of Taranaki’s Live Magazine: HERE>
Waitara land that cost many lives makes yet more misery
Waitara’s Pekapeka Block may rate as the single most controversial piece of ground in the country. More than 150 years after it touched off the European-Maori land wars, JIM TUCKER looks at the plight of people still despairing over its disputed ownership. Photos by Rob Tucker.
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NZ Herald.co.nz – January, 2014
For a generation, they led the world of speedway. Another generation later, Barry Briggs, Ronnie Moore and Ivan Mauger met up in New Plymouth for a reunion. JIM and ROB TUCKER talk to Briggs about Kiwis success, a dozen mates in wheelchairs, and that haunting smell of the speedway track.
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Taranaki Daily News, October, 2013