Blog Posts - Taranaki

New Plymouth responds

Well, that was a bit boring. It’s the New Plymouth District Council’s response to my earlier letter paying a parking fine. (Original Tumblr post here, if the graphic above does not show.)...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 14, 2016

How to pay a parking ticket

There’s one compelling reason to continue using cheques: the chance to write letters like this. In case the above image no longer shows, my original Tumblr post is here.
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 2, 2016

Stratford-upon-Patea: Town of Pioneers, Players and Peaks

A Tudor-style clock tower isn’t what one expects to see when driving through a small New Zealand town. When one realises the town’s name is Stratford, however, it makes perfect sense. The Stratford Clock Tower is unique in New Zealand. It houses...
by POMS AWAY! on Feb 21, 2016

An English Paradise in Taranaki

This is a rare sight in New Zealand: a beautiful English-style mansion surrounded by perfect gardens – complete with gardeners’ cottage – on a hill overlooking a river. It really is wonderfully twee. It’s called Tupare and it’s located just...
by POMS AWAY! on Feb 15, 2016

New Zealand’s Most Enchanting Museum

You know sometimes you go somewhere not expecting much, but end up utterly enchanted? That’s what happened when I went to Nigel Ogle’s Tawhiti Museum in Taranaki. I can’t recommend it highly enough! Just go there, and make sure you give yoursel...
by POMS AWAY! on Feb 9, 2016

The Goblin Forest

Before I went to Hogwarts, I spent my childhood exploring Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood. A few weeks ago, on the slopes of Taranaki, I felt like I’d returned. Taranaki is a dormant volcano on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. When th...
by POMS AWAY! on Feb 1, 2016

New Plymouth’s Festival of Lights

This isn’t fairyland. This is Pukekura Park in New Plymouth. Every summer, from mid-December to late-January, it’s festooned with thousands of magical lights. It’s called the Festival of Lights, and people travel from all over New Zealand to se...
by POMS AWAY! on Jan 18, 2016

The Festival, the Campervan and the Cyclone That Wasn’t

All last week, New Zealand lived in dread of Lusi. The massive tropical cyclone had already killed people in Vanuatu and would hit us at the weekend. The very weekend my family was to attend WOMAD, the World of Music and Dance, a three-day open air f...
by POMS AWAY! on Mar 18, 2014

Narrow Focus - abstract

Puke ArikiKing StreetMy Google+ profile
by Imagineerz! on Feb 23, 2014

Kowhai - a New Zealand native gem

Spring Time in the NakiMy Google+ profile
by Imagineerz! on Feb 23, 2014

Volkswagen Nationals: Taranaki 2013

alternative fuelsCombiMy Google+ profile
by Imagineerz! on May 23, 2013

Prints For Sale: Kaupokonui Dairy Co-op, Skeet Road Branch, Taranaki

This print is identical to my original drawing done for Historic Places Magazine.Size of image is approx. 32 cm x 53 cm. Price is $NZ 75.00 inc. urban p. and p. in NZ.Please contact me at or 09 4159 701.© DON DONOVAN. donovan@ihug...
by Don Donovan's World on Feb 22, 2013

Narrow Focus - Wind Wand Shadow

Narrow Focus - Wind Wand ShadowMy Google+ profile
by Imagineerz! on Feb 21, 2013

Driving New Zealand’s Lost World Highway

Laurence Norah discovers magnificent falls, prehistoric landscapes and even a hobbit's hole along New Zealand's oldest touring route.The post Driving New Zealand’s Lost World Highway appeared first on TrekWorld.
by TrekWorld on Dec 10, 2012

5 Best New Zealand Day Hikes

Volcanoes, glaciers, tundra and lakes: Laurence Norah reveals how to experience New Zealand's astounding scenery in a day.The post 5 Best New Zealand Day Hikes appeared first on TrekWorld.
by TrekWorld on Oct 22, 2012

Narrow Focus - Stairs

New StairsOld StairsMy Google+ profile
by Imagineerz! on Sep 14, 2012

Narrow Focus - Honeyfield Fountain

the Honeyfield Fountain, on the New Plymouth Foreshore walkway.Honeyfield FountainHoneyfield Fountain My Google+ profile
by Imagineerz! on Sep 1, 2012

Narrow Focus - The Royal

The Royal HotelNew PlymouthNow better known as Icons Sports bar, and the Good Homethe royal crownRoyal HotelMy Google+ profile
by Imagineerz! on Aug 23, 2012

Sources of news

Alana Marshall c/o Taranaki Daily NewsThis report comes by a very circuitous route. Alana Marshall's (2012 New Zealand Rose and 2012 Taranaki Rose) parents are in Ireland to support Alana. David and Nuala are keeping a Rose diary and will be keeping...
by Rose of Tralee Notes on Aug 17, 2012

Narrow Focus - Red Letters

I have started a mini project, which is to photograph abstract or images focusing on details, primarily of local scenes, buildings and so on. I will share them here, and will soon publish them to their own website, once I have built up...
by Imagineerz! on Aug 15, 2012

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