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2008-08-05 15:00:25

A fortnight of savage seas has taken a huge toll on Taranaki's beaches, stripping metres of sand from the foreshore and toppling a building into the tide at Mokau. Campgrounds at Oakura and Onaero have lost several sites while in New Plymouth a hazard warning has been issued. Stories, pictures: Page 3 -------------------- East End Beach Mokau Beach Onaero Beach The Walkway Fitzroy Beach Oakura Beach Noel Coxhead and Noel Baxter (pointing) from New Plymouth District Council assess the...

2008-08-04 15:00:29

By MAETZIG, Rob WILD seas and spring tides have combined to spell more erosion damage for the owners of beachfront properties at Mokau. Many woke yesterday to discover about two metres of their land had disappeared, including retaining walls, fences and sheds. And they fear that while the extraordinarily rough seas of the past few days are abating, more high tides in coming days will cause more erosion. "It's been really bad -- especially the night tides," Mokau resident Gloria Putt...

2008-07-31 15:00:42

A NEW Zealand musician who learned his craft in Taranaki returns this week as a New Zealand Music Awards Tui finalist to play at Pukeiti Garden. The Pukeiti Garden winter seminar and concert series features New Zealand songwriter Warren Love on Saturday. Love says the Tahora Music Festival was crucial to his development as a performer. The festival is run by Kerry Turner on his farm near Whangamomona, and Love says it "provided the peace and inspiration to take those first steps." The...

2008-07-30 15:00:49

By HILLS, Jo THE Taranaki Regional Committee of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, KCL Property and Pukekura Breakfast Rotary Club combine to present the 2008 Youth Performing Artists Showcase. Following last year's sell-out success, the event this year will run over two days with an evening show on Saturday, August 16, followed by a matinee on Sunday, August 17, both at the TSB Showplace Theatre Royal. Special guests are Dame Malvina Major and the Michael Taylor Jazz Combo. Michael is...

2008-07-25 18:00:49

By PALMER, Harriet TODAY Omata School is thriving with 147 students -- five years ago it was staring down the barrel of a gun. The school was almost closed in 2003 as part of a Ministry of Education scheme which forced 15 Taranaki primary schools to shut their doors. Having grown nearly 50% from 107 students, Omata now has an enrolment scheme, is struggling to find space for new students, and has two additional teachers. Principal Karen Brisco said the school would have been merged...

2008-07-25 18:00:39

FORMER Taranaki musician Kathryn Baker is looking forward to checking out the talent of her peers when she returns for a gig this weekend. The Wellington-based singer songwriter is making waves herself with debut album Distrait, released in February. Baker, speaking on a miserable cloudy day in the capital, says she visits family back in New Plymouth every couple of months. Her musical family had a huge influence on her while she was growing up. "Everyone apart from my dad could...

2008-07-01 15:00:00

By HUMPHREYS, Lyn HEALTH ACTION * August 2001: Dr Patrick O'Connor's report on illness in Paritutu and Moturoa released. * September 2002: Ministry for the Environment and ESR report on dioxin concentrations in soil in Paritutu. * March 2003: ESR community dioxin exposure assessment study. * March 2005: ESR final serum study report. * December 2005: Report on cancer incidence and mortality in New Plymouth. * September 2006: Ministry of Health starts work on early...

2008-06-16 15:00:20

By HUMPHREYS, Lyn WORK pressures are keeping Taranaki people away from enjoying a day at the beach. A survey has found a marked difference in the number of people able to enjoy time at local beaches, rivers and lakes than 20 years ago. Work, family commitments and the cost of travel have taken a chunk out of leisure time and the results come as no surprise to Sport Taranaki, which is battling to keep the community fit and healthy. In 1984, a survey found 99% of people headed off to...

2004-11-29 15:00:15

MORE than 100 people dedicated to digging up the past will attend the New Zealand Archaeological Association's (NZAA) national conference in New Plymouth this week. The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the association's beginnings said Harry Allen, Associate Professor of anthropology at Auckland University. Retired and distinguished professors Jack Golson (Australia), Roger Green (Auckland) and Peter Gathercole (former master of Darwin College at Cambridge University) are among...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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