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Much of the North Island and the West Coast are in for a heavy dump of rain, forecasters say.

Heavy rain forecast across New Zealand

MetService has issued a severe weather warning in many regions for Sunday.

The 78-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound but died at the scene.

68yo man charged with 78yo's South Taranaki murder

The 78-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound but died at the scene.

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Taranaki man pleads for foreign driver rule changes

Craig Knowles' wife is in critical condition after a collision with a French national.

A rāhui has been placed on a stretch of the Taranaki coast after ashes were scattered on a popular food-gathering site.

Taranaki rāhui imposed after ashes scattered on food-gathering site

Locals won't be able to fish or gather seafood for the rest of January.

The Manawatu-Whanganui and Wairarapa regions are also struggling with drought conditions.

Drought sparks concern for farmers' health

Farming groups are concerned about mental health problems as drought conditions in Taranaki mean farmers could lose up to 50 percent of their annual income.

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Drought declared in lower North Island

Farmers have welcomed the Government's move, as it'll give them financial assistance.

Sheep shearing

Shearing crew helps grieving Taranaki family through tough time

Farmers Dan and Kathy Murphy lost their son and his friend in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Cropped image of depressed man at the psychotherapist. Doctor is making notes while listening to his patient

Taranaki psychiatrist's outburst at mental health patient caught on video

She allegedly told a mental health patient rather than being suicidal she was "just atrociously behaved".

A police car was stolen in New Plymouth while the officer was arresting someone else.

Police car stolen mid-arrest in Taranaki

The officer was in the middle of arresting someone else.

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No charges to be laid over death of seven-year-old girl

Police say the driver and company are not responsible for the accident.

Fleet Shakedown week.

HMNZS Endeavour to make last visit home

The Royal NZ Navy's support tanker will be decommissioned after 30 years of service.

The vehicle had come off the road down a steep bank.

Car rolls down bank in south Taranaki

A passenger has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.

Sika deer (Cervus nippon) hiding in a wooded area during the day.

Deer illegally released into forests in '1080 protest'

The Department of Conservation says the freed deer carry health risks.

Susan Mouat has been sentenced to 11 months home detention.

Woman sentenced to 11 months home detention for manslaughter of husband

He died after falling down a flight of stairs.

Kevin Moore argues he doesn't need permission, because the home is on Māori land.

Gang member builds home without council consent

Kevin Moore argues he doesn't need permission, because the home is on Māori land.

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Eight-year-old girl hit by truck in Inglewood

The young cyclist was killed after the accident on State Highway 3 near Taranaki.

Video of the moment has had more than 110,000 hits on Facebook in less than a day.

New Plymouth's Wind Wand lashed by lightning

Video of the moment has had more than 110,000 views on Facebook.

New Zealand flag and a gavel on a sounding block

Woman admits causing husband's fatal fall six years ago

A coroner had earlier ruled that death was an accident, but the case was reopened after the woman went to police years later.

New Plymouth was hit by heavy rainfall overnight

New Plymouth flooded by heavy rainfall

Slips but no damage after Taranaki hit by heavy rain

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New Plymouth set to ban 'some' freedom campers

The proposal comes after the region was named the world's second best.