Latest Taranaki Stories
By RILKOFF, Matt OAKURA'S Kaitake Kindergarten is facing a Ministry of Education investigation after three pupils went missing for almost two hours before their absence was noticed.
By HUMPHREYS, Lyn INCISOR INFORMATION Taranaki Community Oral Health Service $3m roll-out * Stage one: A four-chair clinic at Rangiatea, New Plymouth, and a two- chair bus for South Taranaki.
By WEIR, James METHANEX is restarting its Motunui methanol plant in Taranaki later this month, with revenues put at up to NZ$650 million, but it may hasten a predicted national gas supply gap, expected about 2015.
By WEIR, James AUSTRIAN-BASED international oil and gas company OMV more than doubled its profits to $95 million in New Zealand last year as the Pohokura field came into full production.
By WEIR, James OMV FACTS OMV NZ RESULTS * Earnings last year: $95.4m, up 147% * Turnover last year: $295.2m, up 130% OMV NZ INTERESTS: * 26% of Pohokura oil and gasfield. * 10% of Maui gasfield. * 69% of Maari oilfield, due to start production late 2008.
TARANAKI'S Pohokura gasfield has just had its reserves massively upgraded, making it New Zealand's biggest oil producer as well as its second-biggest gas producer.
By MAETZIG, Rob TARANAKI'S Pohokura gasfield has had its reserves upgraded -- meaning it is now not only the country's second- biggest gas producer, but the biggest oil producer as well.
By HUMPHREYS, Lyn NP RETIREMENT DEVELOPMENTS * Jean Sandel Retirement Village on Barrett Rd. Accommodating 250 residents ranging from independent town houses to full hospital specialist care. $50 million. * Wanaka Bay Retirement Village on Wills Rd, Bell Block. 140 villas, $50m.
By PALMER, Harriet ANYONE itching to get on the airwaves will be pleased to know they now have the chance to be heard from Mokau to Patea. Access radio is set to hit Taranaki using 104.4FM, a frequency recently awarded to the Taranaki Community Trust.
By MAETZIG, Rob URENUI residents say their popular domain has been saved by extensions to the seawall along the domain's waterfront. In a first major test, the extensions -- which are yet to be completed -- have held out huge swells whipped up by the northerly storms of the past two weeks.
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