22 June 2018

22 June 2018 Taranaki probably the NZ volcano most at risk of large eruption in next 50 years

15 June 2018

The shortest day 21 June is also Winter solstice 2018 in the Southern Hemisphere will be at 10:07 PM.

15 June 2018

June 7th is listed as the day that Matariki sets and July 6 - 9 as the rising, which is when you can see Matariki just above the horizon before the sun comes up.

29 May 2018
29th May 2018 back online after the lightening strikes and storms   ...  enjoy the view .. more snow to come this winter
26 May 2018

25 May 2018 There were 575  Lightning strikes recorded across the Taranaki region in the space of 24 hours.

12 November 2017

The club will be in contact with all of those who were registered for this event.



03 September 2017

The clocks go forward by 1 hour at 2am on Sunday 24 September 2017.

20 June 2017
The winter solstice brings the shortest day and the longest night - of the year.
The longest night is June 22/23 and the shortest day is June 21.
06 June 2017
Matariki begins to rise in the last few days of May.
25 March 2017
clocks are turned backward 1 hour


19 March 2017
The 'People's Climate Rally' at the 2017 Petroleum Conference in Taranaki will include peaceful protest, workshops and entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds who support a world powered by clean energy.
You are welcome to attend any day or all the days.
20 January 2017
yes, fresh snow has fallen. More rain, gusty winds and cooler temperatures are expected over the weekend.
12 December 2016

The longest daylight hours - December 21 and the shortest night is December 21/22.

Enjoy the Summer.

22 November 2016


100% Pure Taranaki Society are committed to our vision of creating an organic Maunga Taranaki / Egmont National Park, and believe people power is the best way to achieve this.

We providing training for people interested in manual pest control and run trap lines to control pest species as we train our "apprentices".

Please help us to purchase more traps, hire full time training staff and share our vision with the community.

15 November 2016

there are earthquakes every minute or two with a fair swag of big ones. Even some of them being felt here, which is unnerving, but worse in Wellington and worse again in Marlborough and Kaikoura.


14 November 2016
WeatherWatch.co.nz --- UPDATED 1:33am -- Tsunami gauges have recorded a sizeable tsunami wave of around 2 metres according to the Kaikoura gauge.
04 November 2016
The moon won't come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034.
20 September 2016

"We did it," says Sarah Buist, "Friends of Waitara River raised the money the Taranaki Regional Council demanded from three of our members. It took a combination of a Give-A-Little page and local fundraising but we had wonderful support."

04 July 2016
The theme for this year is ākina te reo - behind you all the way which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.




17 June 2016

Matariki mornings : on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd June. Matariki will be rising.

Winter Solstice is 20 June - it is the day with the shortest daylight hours of the year.

03 June 2016

The 2016 festival will take place from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June at Parihaka (South Taranaki).


03 June 2016

The Taranaki Arts Trail provides the public with the unique opportunity to meet with over 70 artists in their studio/workshops.



28 March 2016
It ends on the first Sunday of April, when 3.00am becomes 2.00am.
20 March 2016

Day and night are equal.

From now on the nights become longer than the days until the Winter Solstice on 21 June.


31 October 2015

improving whitebait habitat in Waitara - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Meet at the end of Brookes Terrace Waitara.

22 July 2015

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori: 27 July - 2 August 2015.
Kaupapa: Whāngaihia ngā Mātua, helping parents to pass te reo on to their tamariki.



05 June 2015
Matariki, the Maori New Year, is rich with tradition.
19 May 2015

Numerous groups and coalitions around the world will be mobilising on this day to draw attention to the problems of climate change.

24 April 2015
In the live view centre left at the base of the mountain, you can currently see the glow from the flaring of gas after fracking has taken place at the Greymouth Petroleum site on upper Dudley Road, Inglewood. It is best seen at night.
13 April 2015
There is fresh snow on the mountain.
31 March 2015

Waitara's riverside pohutukawa trees are considered taonga by a Bay of Plenty hapu, Ngai Te Hapu Incorporated of Motiti Island.


23 March 2015
Clocks go back one hour ...
21 March 2015
TRC try to silence an environmental group, by gunning for individuals and making them pay to attend Waitara sewage outfall hearings.


14 March 2015


With the people-powered success of ‪#‎SaveOurKauri and the ‪#‎Pōhutukawa6, it's time to stand up for communities and their trees in... other parts of the country as well. Help SAVE the Waitara Riverside Pohutukawa

TAKE ACTION: actionstation.org.nz/save_our_pohutukawa_waitara

11 March 2015

http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/67223654/Waitaras-pohutukawa-protest-fight TRC's  engineer decides to rip down the signs of peaceful protest.



26 February 2015
We are back online ... thanks for waiting
25 September 2014
Turn your clocks forward one hour.
We start daylight saving again this Sunday.
04 August 2014



05 June 2014
Nau mai, piki mai, kake mai ki Parihaka!

Celebrate the Maori new year with us.

We are putting on a free event that will feature korero, gardening bees, wananga, kapa haka, bands, kids zone, sports and more. Please come join us!

For the full programme and more info see:

04 March 2014
take a look at this view.
22 February 2014
The theme is "Our fragile, finite taonga - be alert to the fragility of the marine environment and its treasures.
"Kia mataara! Tiakina te au o te moana, he kōpīpī tōna".

12 February 2014
The annual Waitara River "Take a Kid Fishing" which is put on by the Waitara Surfcasting Club.
07 February 2014

Waitangi in Waitara - Friends of Waitara River - Ngaa hoa piri o te Muriwai o Waitara gather from noon at Waitara marine park to acknowlegde Taranaki Waitangi Day Celebrations.

09 December 2013
A petition to lobby as many avenues as possible to STOP the drilling activities that could... eventually take place at the beloved feet of our tuupuna maunga. 
Please sign and share with as many networks as possible.

23 November 2013
Meet midday at Ngamotu Beach in New Plymouth
and Weld Rd beach near Oakura.
Come support the flotilla and national campaign to stop deep sea oil drilling. Gather midday Saturday 23rd November on any North Island west coast beach to show your support
to "stop deep sea oil".

Facebook Event: http://tiny.cc/aufx6w
Meet at Ngamotu Beach in New Plymouth

and Weld Rd beach near Oakura.
Facebook Event: http://tiny.cc/8ufx6w
23 November 2013
Keep up to date with their action and show your support. See here for more info, videos and photos

23 November 2013
Hapu from Nga Ruahinerangi in southern Taranaki have had enough and are calling on friends and whanau to march with them from Parihaka to Hawera against the drilling of at least 8 frack wells and a production station only 200 metres from the national park boundary (Rowan Rd.). This is a peaceful march on the surf highway SH45. Bring banners, flags
and placards to tell people what you think.
The hikoi will stop each night at kura or marae. Everyone is welcome. Karakia 6am at Parihaka Pa, 249 Mid Parihaka Rd before heading off on Sunday, 24th November.
08 November 2013
The orange water was coming out of the side of a stream further up Mt Taranaki, just below Boomerang Slip.


03 November 2013
Tuesday, 5 November, is the 132nd anniversary of the invasion and plundering of Parihaka by a colonial invasion force led by two Members of Parliament - information about the events prior to, during and after the invasion are available at


This message has details of commemorative events in Christchurch (on 4 and 5 November) and in Nelson, New Plymouth and Auckland on 5 November. - it is available on 
Facebook at


22 October 2013
What helps to make Waitara special is its river and its history, including Borthwicks. The row of pohutakawa which line the river are an integral part of that history.
Their Christmas flowering is a joy each year.

13 October 2013
- with a clear mandate and we look forward to positive change.
16 August 2013
From 1pm - Location: Waitara, the River banks.
Area: the River Banks
Assembly point: at Toohill Park, By the Paddling Club and Manukorihi Park

25 July 2013
'Celebrate Conservation Week! What's your whānau doing?' is the theme for Conservation Week this year.
Here is the official Conservation Week website


Friends of Waitara River Inc.  and local school students will plant the Mangahinau / Waitara river area on Tuesday 10th September - from 10.30. all welcome to help. We have over 700 trees to plant.
31 May 2013

Solstice also is mid winter for us in the Southern hemisphere. We celebrate 6 years of viewing our Taranaki Mountain from this web site.

Over the last 6 years we have had 311,206 visitors to the site. The site has been viewed from 132 countries with 92 languages.

Thank you for your support.

26 May 2013

The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year. The new moon can be seen for the first time this year 10th June 2013. Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. The brightest stars are quite easy to see with the unaided eye in Greek legend bear the names of Seven Sisters, the daughters of Atlas and Pleone, Alcyone, Merope, Asterops, Maia, Taygeta, Calaeno and Electra.


09 April 2013

I awoke to see the first light coating of snow on the mountain for 2013.




28 March 2013
on Sunday 7 April - (clocks go back one hour).
- when 3.00am becomes 2.00am.
17 February 2013

The reserve day will be Sunday February 24th.

This from the clubs web site - Registrations are now full for the Open Climb.This year the club has had a huge response to the Open Climb.
If you arrive at Tahurangi Lodge with your paper registrations this will slow down the process of placing you in parties while we process them. It will really speed things up if you get those details back to us.

Check out:


04 February 2013

Last week I stood at the drilling rig of Todd Energy Mangahewa C site.The worker told me that they had drilled down 5,000 metres and then they would be ‘fracking'. I looked across at mount Taranaki and the elevation I could see was 2,500 metres. This is the reality of what is happening under our Mountain and also what is happening in the place I live.



04 February 2013
Waitara Marine Outfall Park.
Lots to interest the whole whanau/family.
Music, Historical Journey, Korero/Forum.

Come and enjoy Waitara and the River.

29 January 2013
The Friends of Waitara River  are hosting Eugenie Sage - Green Party MP, as she kicks of her 2013 Dirty River Tour.

A flotilla will journey down the river from Mamaku at 1.30 pm to the river mouth.

This is a day dedicated to the Waitara River, and celebrating it as a community.

It is also World wetlands day.
01 January 2013
at 3.11 am - a Magnitude: 5.0: at a Depth: 5 km - Location: 30 km north-west of Opunake, Latitude 39.29 , Longitude    173.57.
19 December 2012
The longest day is December 21 and the shortest night is December 22/23 - as the daylight hours and nights are longest or shortest.
21 November 2012
This afternoon's small eruption at Upper Te Maari Crater appears to be over for now, GNS Science said today.GNS Science has now decreased the Aviation Colour Code from Red to Orange signalling that ash is no longer being erupted. However, minor eruptive activity continues and the Volcanic Alert Level remains at 2.The eruption occurred from the Upper Te Maari crater, in the same area that erupted on 6 August this year.
20 November 2012
Recent measurements at Ruapehu indicate that the likelihood of eruptions has increased, GNS Science said. The Aviation Colour Code has increased from Green to Yellow, but the Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1. GNS Science Duty Volcanologist Steven Sherburn said, "We have been measuring changes at Ruapehu over the last few weeks and believe these changes make eruptions more likely over the next weeks to months". "We are monitoring Ruapehu closely, but it often does not give any immediate warning that it is going to erupt," Dr Sherburn said. "We think that the temperature a few hundred metres beneath Crater Lake is about 800 °C, but the lake itself is only about 20 °C. This suggests the vent is partly blocked which may be leading to a pressure build-up beneath Crater Lake. A sudden release of the pressure may lead to an eruption."
Since late-October small earthquakes have been occurring about 5 km beneath the summit area of Ruapehu, but these may not be directly related to the high temperatures beneath Crater Lake as the earthquakes are much deeper.
11 November 2012
A total solar eclipse will take place on 13-14 November 2012.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across the surface of the Earth, while a partial solar eclipse will be visible over a region thousands of kilometres wide.
12 September 2012
This year we're also celebrating New Zealand's national parks-2012 is the 60th anniversary of the National Parks Act, and the 125th anniversary of Te Heuheu Tukino IV gifting the Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe mountain peaks to the people of New Zealand.
12 September 2012
On the West Coast the whitebait season runs from 1 September until 14 November.
07 August 2012
GNSAsh fall has been reported.Science volcanologists are monitoring the eruption and further information will be released as soon as it is available.
Tongariro is a complex of multiple volcanic cones constructed over a period of 275,000 years. There have been five reported eruptions from the Te Māri craters between 1855 and 1897 and these have since been dormant.

16 July 2012
Arohatia te Reo
is the theme for Māori Language Week, which means to cherish the language. We encourage you, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you do, to find a way to express how you can use, honour, speak and show your love for the language of our country. 
22 June 2012

Over the last 5 years we have had 266,4519 visitors to the site. The site has been viewed from many countries with 78 languages. The usual viewing time on the site is an average of 1 minute.

Thank you for your support.

31 May 2012

The time to celebrate the Maori new year. Matariki is our Aotearoa Pacific New Year. It is also the time of the shortest day and longest night in our southern hemisphere. Each year around June, the stars of Matariki and Puanga signal the end of one year and the start of the next. 'Puanga' known as Rigel appears in the north eastern horizon in late May or early June. Some Iwi recognize and celebrate a different cluster of stars called Puanga or Puaka.
Matariki, Puanga or Puaka are generally celebrated during the months of June and July.
Common principles apply to all celebrations whether they are Matariki, Puanga or Puaka.

Puanga, Matariki celebrates the diversity of life.
It's a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people.

06 May 2012

Astronomers call this sort of close full moon a perigee full moon. The word perigee describes the moon's closest point to Earth for a given month.
At perigee, the moon lies only 356,955 kilometers (221,802 miles) away. Later this month, on May 19, the moon will swing out to apogee - its farthest point for the month
- at 406,448 kilometers (252,555 miles) distant.

Perigee full moons bring the highest (and lowest) tides of all.

The mornings of May 5 and 6, 2012 are probably best for meteor-watching.

02 February 2012

Sunday, 5th Feb & Monday 6th Feb

Waitara Marine Outfall Park.

Lots to interest the whole whanau.

Music -Historical Journey -Waka ama
Workshops -Korero/Forum

16 January 2012
This year's OPEN climbs on Mt.Taranaki will be on Saturday January 28th with TAC - Taranaki Alpine Club & with the reserve date of 29th January and with MtEAC - Mt. Egmont Alpine Club - Saturday 4th February.
Open climbs on Mt Taranaki will live on thanks to
the Taranaki's alpine clubs - TAC and MtEAC and the Department of Conservation - D.O.C.
The clubs charge a fee to cover costs such as medics, radios, refreshments and 45 club members to accompany climbers.

Toitu Te Whenua - leave the land undisturbed.

Contact D.O.C.
The Taranaki Alpine Club, the climb on the 28th January with reserve date 29th January 2011
Bookings are essential and can be made at Kiwi Outdoors Phone: 06 758 4152
Email : kiwioutdoorcentre@xtra.co.nz




The Mt. Egmont Alpine Club - for the climb on Saturday 4th February.. Registration forms are now available from both Hawera and Stratford iSites and online. Participant numbers will be limited.


The summit is a culturally sensitive area to Maori. People refer to the mountain as an ancestor.
The top of the mountain is the head.
The iwi ask climbers not to climb onto the "summit Rock". Please respect their wishes.

Take nothing but photos leave nothing but footprints.


20 December 2011
The longest day is December 22 and the shortest night is December 22/23 - as the daylight hours and nights are longest or shortest.
17 September 2011

When clocks go forward one hour - When 2.00am becomes

22 June 2011

Over the last 4 years we have had 213,417 visitors to the site. The site has been viewed from many countries with 78 languages. The usual viewing time on the site is an average of 1 minute. Thank you all for your support.


22 June 2011
The winter solstice brings the shortest day and the longest night - of the year.
The longest night is June 21/22 and the shortest day is June 21.
09 April 2011

On the 7 March 2011 there was a first light coating of snow.

The first heavy fall for 2010 was on 03 May. There was a light coating on the 25th March 2010.
In 2009, the first snowfall came in April.

25 March 2011
It begins again on Sunday 25 September 2011 - when clocks go forward one hour - When 2.00am becomes 3.00am.
07 March 2011
In Māori tradition Rūaumoko, the god of earthquakes, caused rumblings and shaking as he walked about.
07 March 2011
Last year a light coating of snow occurred on the 25th March and our first heavy fall was on 03 May 2010.
In 2009, the first snowfall came in April.
06 February 2011
Every year on 6 February, New Zealand marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. In that year, representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Maori signed what is New Zealand's founding document.
The day was first officially commemorated in 1934. The national holiday was first declared in 1974, and since then has grown in significance for all New Zealanders through the Maori renaissance that has fostered better understanding of the Treaty's ramifications.
19 December 2010
The longest day is December 22 and the shortest night is December 22/23.
17 December 2010
The Public gallery swelled to over 300 at the Council meeting. A request was presented to Mayor Harry and the Councillors at NPDC by Joe Rauner on behalf of the Waitara & Northern Taranaki community. “I have a request, that I hope is supported by a Councillor, that work starts immediately with a structured time frame of 18 months construction. If none of you are prepared to move this motion I would like to put this in front of the mayor." Joe then went onto say – “If construction was not started, he said, further hikoi would be planned to coincide with Womad and the Rugby World Cup games held in Taranaki.”
13 December 2010
The hikoi will start at 3.30pm on 14th December at the corner of Leach and Hobson street. People are marching to the New Plymouth District Council to protest against the Non Action of the NPDC on the Waitara sewage system. This issue dates back to the late 1970's and 1980 - to clean up the North Taranaki coastline. It also relates to the Treaty of Waitangi findings in 1983 by Te Atiawa.
29 November 2010

A large dust cloud formed at the base of Mt Taranaki, after massive erosion on the mountain. Locals noticed huge
billowing clouds of dust, evidence of the amount of debris in motion, entering the nearby Hangatahua/Stony river.
Millions of tones of debris have fallen into the River below and has effectively made the river a dead river with no trout being able to survive the onslaught.
The huge slips - which have formed giant canyons - are visible from the city of New Plymouth.

The slips occured in the Hangatahua/Stony River/Okato/Oakura area. In the web camera view it is on the right hand side of the mountain. Scientists are always monitoring the erosion on Mt Taranaki and the mountain has been described as very unstable.

02 November 2010

3rd November, Public Meeting - 6 p.m. Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth.

check for the tour itinerary at


30 October 2010

Taranaki region's top gardens on show for the next 10 days.


29 September 2010
Check out Taranaki Blowout
Taranaki Blowout is a community exercise based on a fictional but fact-based eruption scenario on Mount Taranaki.
29 September 2010
20 September 2010
When 2.00am becomes 3.00am and ends on the first Sunday 3 April 2011, when 3.00am becomes 2.00am.
08 September 2010
Love New Zealand - Arohaina i a Aotearoa.
26 July 2010
Māori Language Week 26 July/Hongongoi - to 1 August/Here-turi-koka - 2010

Food theme for Māori Language Week 2010

"Te Mahi Kai" - The Language of Food

07 June 2010
Each year in June, the stars of Matariki and Puanga signal the end of one year and the start of the next.
Puanga also known as Rigel appears in the north eastern horizon in late May or early June.
07 June 2010
The winter solstice brings the shortest day and the longest night - of the year.
18 May 2010
We also had heavy rain and storms.
08 May 2010
A very old issue still not resolved - dispute the Historic Treaty of Waitangi - Te Atiawa Claim findings from 1982. Which resulted in the building of the sewerage treatment plant at Waiwakaiho, New Plymouth and waste was to be piped to there from Waitara, not dumped out to sea. The Waitara to Waiwakaiho pipeline has not yet been built.
08 May 2010
The Submissions time has been extended and is now due on Wednesday 26 May.
The National Government of New Zealand is currently going through the process to enable legislature that will open up
conservation land for the purpose of mining.
03 May 2010
A light coating occurred on the 25th March.
Last year the first snowfall came in April.
17 March 2010
The first shots were fired at Te Kohia Pa near Waitara 17 March 1860.
06 February 2010
In celebrating New Zealand's Waitangi Day
it is a public holiday every year to commemorate the signing of - the Treaty of Waitangi - in 1840.
The national holiday was first declared in 1974, and since then has grown in
significance for all New Zealanders through the Maori renaissance that has
fostered better understanding of the Treaty's ramifications.
17 January 2010

This year's OPEN climbs on Mt.Taranaki will be on Saturday January 30th with TAC - Taranaki Alpine Club & with the reserve date of 31st January and with MtEAC - Mt. Egmont Alpine Club - Saturday 6th February & reserve date 7th February.

06 January 2010

Thursday 7th of January 2009 at 5.00pm the festival gates are open to the public.
The official opening ceremony is on Friday the 8th on the papakainga at 12 noon.

No Glass,  No Pets.

The official closing ceremony will be held on Monday the 11th January on the papakainga at 10.00am.

24 December 2009

Enjoy Christmas and a happy safe new year. Thanks for your support during the year.

03 December 2009
Now a large live view runs on the front home page. Please continue to enjoy watching our Mountain.
18 September 2009

Clocks go forward one hour.

Clocks will go forward an hour a week earlier than usual - On the last Sunday in September -
And will go back an hour on the first Sunday of April, instead of the third Sunday in March.
New Zealanders will soon be able to enjoy more summer days.

30 August 2009

Conservation Week is about celebrating and experiencing
New Zealand’s unique wildlife, natural areas and historic places.

30 August 2009

Spring - Koanga.

1 September,  Mahuru - 

30 November, Whiringa a Nuku.

Springtime is about new beginnings.

26 July 2009

Celebrate Māori Language Week July 27th - August 2nd 2009.

The theme for Māori Language Week in 2009 is 'Te Reo i te Hapori - Māori Language in the Community'.
Have a go, Learn some basic phrases and greetings in te reo Māori and practice with your friends, family and neighbours.

24 June 2009

Puanga, Matariki celebrates the diversity of life.
It's a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people.
The pre-dawn rise of Puanga, Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year.
The new moon can be seen for the first time on these dates.
In Taranaki it is called Puanga. For Taranaki, Puanga or Rigel is the star that signifies the beginning of the Maori New Year.

15 June 2009

The Winter Solstice is on June 22 at 06:06; this is when the Sun is at its most Northerly point in the sky. At the middle of the day on June 22, it reaches its lowest altitude, from the Northern horizon, for the year. It also means that the Sun rises at its most Northerly point of East and sets at its most Northerly point of West.

22 April 2009

Included in the exhibition are 4 vintage C41 Colour Prints printed 1975 from the 'Go Girl' series by Fiona Clark.

22 April 2009

The exhibition reflects and commemorates
The Bock Centennial - the marriage of Amy Maud Bock (aka Percy Redwood) to Agnes Ottaway at Nuggets Point in April 1909.

28 March 2009

From the 28th March 2009 -  "The press release put out by the company yesterday shows us just how big a gap there is in understanding " says, spokesman, David Doorbar.
" We might as well be talking a different language".

26 March 2009

This is their Notice of Intent:
Otaraua Hapu wish to advise
that we are occupying the Petrocorp work site on Ngati Maru road for the sole purposes
of protecting the Tikorangi Pa waahi tapu site from sub-surface drilling by Greymouth Petroluem.

Otararau Hapu intends to undertake a peacefull occupation until the issues are dealt with reasonably by Greymouth Petroluem.

26 March 2009

Clocks go back one hour.

13 March 2009

Temperatures dropped overnight to 4 degrees.
The autumn weather has arrived.
The mid morning live view has had the seasonal rainbows slowly moving across the landscape.

11 February 2009

In association with Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand (SCANZ) presents the SCANZ exhibition – Raranga Tangata – The Weaving Together of People.

29 January 2009

In Taranaki - at Puke Ariki, New Plymouth a series of community events will be held that encourage wide participation to
positively reflect and commemorate the signing of the Treaty.
These events will occur from the 2nd - 6th Feb.
On Waitangi Day there will be Waitangi Day Family Ngahau Picnic @ Puke Ariki Landing.

to check the details :


In Patea, Paepae in the Park.
A music festival in Patea with national and local talent on display.

19 January 2009

Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand (SCANZ).
The Research Centre for Interdisciplinary Creativity's major project, is a two week residency for artists, producers, writers, theorists and curators in
New Plymouth, New Zealand from January 26th to February 8th 2009 based at WITT.
Project partners are Creative New Zealand, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Puke Ariki integrated library and museum and Shell.

25 December 2008

 Merry Christmas -
All the very best for the holiday season

17 December 2008

The December solstice will occur at 12:04 (or 12.04pm) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on December 21, 2008.
It marks the longest day of the year in terms of daylight hours for those living South of the Tropic of Capricorn - the Southern hemisphere.
It is also known as the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and marks the day of the year with the least hours of daylight for those living north of the Tropic of Cancer.
The sun is directly overhead on the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere during the December solstice.

22 November 2008

An international symposium looking at climate change.
The four day event ”Snowchange 2008” is devoted to Indigenous and local peoples discussions around the crucial themes of climate and
ecological changes from their own perspectives.

22 November 2008

Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

19 November 2008

Ngati Mutunga invites you all - to celebrate the achievments of one of our national treasures Te Rangihiroa - Sir Peter Buck and to celebrtae our people today. This weekend on 22 November- Saturday starting at 9:30 am with Mihi Whakatau - at Urenui Marae, Main North Road, Urenui, North Taranaki.

07 November 2008

Fresh snow has fallen - A glorious backdrop to the Garden festival.

14 October 2008

Spring Skiing this month on the Top Tow.
There is still a great cover on the upper slopes - getting thin on the ridges but still plenty in the valleys. With the top tow extension now running well., As at Sunday 12th October, the top tow is still able to be ridden still from the bottom ramp, with the odd walk across the tussock or mossy ridge to get back, valley skiing to the ramp made for lots of vertical and great skiing/riding.

14 October 2008

Heavy rainfall turned a stream into a raging torrent.
A woman was swept to her death while tramping on Mt Taranaki on 7th October.
Diane May Campbell-Hunt of Dunedin, 56, was tramping with her 17-year-old daughter when she was swept away as they tried to cross a stream in Egmont National Park.

27 September 2008

Clocks went forward one hour.

It ends on Sunday 5 April 2009 -  when 3.00am becomes 2.00am.   

06 September 2008

Running for the month of September every year, New Zealand Book Month is your chance to celebrate the best of New Zealand writing.
Every September, hundreds of New Zealand writer events are held, enabling New Zealanders to be introduced to new writers and hear old favourites talking about new work.

06 September 2008

Conservation Week 2008 is about getting out in your region to Meet the Locals - Tutakitia te Iwi Kainga.
Learn about the natural landscapes, native animals, plant species, people and historical places that are unique to both our region and our country.

06 September 2008

Taranaki has its thickest coating of snow in more than 25 years.
The Manganui Ski field have had a fantastic season -  great conditions and snow coverage.
The season will last well into October.

17 August 2008

 It's been very cold.
There was hail on the roadsides like snow this morning at 10.30 am at Inglewood.

14 August 2008

The whitebait fishing season opens on the 15 August for all areas of New Zealand, except the West Coast and the Chatham Islands.
On the West Coast the whitebait season is from 1 September to 14 November and on the Chatham Islands it is from 1 December till the end of February.
The whitebait season goes through to the 30  November.

18 July 2008

Maori Language Week will be celebrated from 21st - 27 July.
This year’s theme is "Te Reo i te Kainga – "Maori Language in the Home".
Locally a new web site Te Reo o Taranaki has just recently gone online -
to foster the regeneration, use and continued development of Taranaki's unique regional dialect ('Taranaki reo').


04 July 2008

22 June 2008.
From Fiona.
In the last year, 3 family members have died - both my parents -
Mary and Cec and my brother, Dusty (Ross), recently on the 22 nd June - Solstice.
All 3 loved the Mountain view and I often think of them when I log on to the LIVE view.

Here are the words that were sung at Dustys' service.

Whakataka te hau ki te uru       
Whakataka te hau ki te tonga
Kia maakinakina ki uta
Kia maataratara ki tai
Kia hii ake ana te atakura
He tio
He huka
He hauhuu
Tihee mouri ora!

Cease the winds from the West
Cease the winds from the South
To breeze mildly over the lands
To breeze mildly over the oceans
To welcome a red tinged dawn with
Crisp, fresh air, a hint of frost and the promise of a
newborn day.
Tihee mouri ora! 

04 July 2008

In the Eastern Sky -
Matariki - the Pleiades, seven sisters
Puanga - or Rigel, the bright star

05 June 2008

The Maori new year 'Te tau hou' is marked by the rise of Matariki : the small cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters,
in the Taurus constellation and the sighting of the next new moon.
The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year and the new year is marked at the sighting of the next new moon which occurs during June. It is also referred to as Puanga - with  the rising of the star Puanga (Rigel in Orion) which heralds the new year, not Matariki.

04 June 2008

The Winter Solstice is on June 21 at 18:46 (6:46pm); this is when the Sun is at its most Northerly point in the sky.
At the middle of the day on June 21, it reaches its lowest altitude, from the Northern horizon, for the year.

15 May 2008

The recent mornings have been cold and crisp after the past heavy rains.


03 May 2008

The temperatures have dropped.

02 May 2008

During tuesday night and continuing into wednesday we had torrential down pours of rain. The rain guage at Inglewood was again completely full - another 70 mm.

28 April 2008

The main Women's Institute banner.

a smaller banner made in 1932 - also on display.

25 April 2008




23 April 2008

22 04 08 10 am

21 April 2008

22 04 2007 4.58pm

16 April 2008


20th April 08 - There was so much fresh snow this morning it is the complete opposite of the drought we have just had. The weather has gone from Summer, Autumn to Winter in only a few weeks.

19th April Saturday at 10.20 am and rainbows - Our first glimpse of fresh snow.

 - another 9mm of rain and field mushrooms. Autumn is really here and it has rained.


16 April 2008

A large population of giant snails - Ngata, Powelliphanta has been discovered in Egmont National park.

22 November 2007

Pilots of light aircraft have joined the growing group of mountain watchers. They check the weather before flying into the region.

09 October 2007

Congratulations, Taranaki Vista is the recipient of New Zealand Tourism Online's Top Tourism Site Award! for the week of the 8th October 2007.

22 August 2007

Many messages of support have come from near and far.

21 June 2007
Renovation of the redundant Clark family cowshed is in progress.
21 June 2007
Snow has fallen recently and more is forecast. High winds have produced ice clouds which glint rainbow colours.
18 November 2014

After 7 years of operating, we are doing some maintenance - sorry for the inconvenience - we will back online soon.

02 October 2013

Remember to Post your voting forms

21 September 2013

The polls close off on October 12. Democracy is fragile. Exercise your right and vote.

21 September 2013

Daylight saving ends 6 April 2014 when clocks go back one hour. 3:00 AM becomes 2:00 AM.

04 June 2013

We are so excited with Puanga - our Maori new year - coming to Parihaka this weekend. Below you will find the program of the two-day festival. A concert, featuring superstar Mihirangi, will take place alongside workshops, documentary screenings and Pa tours on Saturday 8th June. Below is the FULL program. You can download a PDF of the program here:


This festival is FREE

24 May 2013

Today I was visited by 2 members of the Waitara police. One of the policemen issued me with a trespass notice from Paul Gerard Bourke. Paul is land owner of the Todd energy Mangahewa C well site. I took a series of images of him on the site, his farmland. I had his permission when I took the images.

To serve a Trespass notice is a total hostile act.

The images and trespass notice can be viewed at


31 May 2012
The transit of Venus in June 2012 will be an opportunity to see one of the rarest astronomical events - weather permitting. No one alive today has seen a transit of Venus from New Zealand. The transit in June 2004 was visible from the other side of the Earth. Before that the previous transit was in December 1882, there were none in the 20th century. During the over 6 hours of the transit Venus will be visible (using suitable eye protection to cut down the Sun's glare) as an intensely black dot making its way across the face of the Sun. The 2012 transit will last for nearly six and a half hours as seen in New Zealand, so its motion across the Sun will be very slow. All stages of
the transit will be visible from New Zealand, although the final part, just before Venus moves off the Sun, will occur with the Sun very low. This part is only likely to be visible from places with a very low horizon to the west. The time of mid transit is just before 1.30 pm, so near the time the Sun is highest, but even so, being close to
mid-winter, the Sun will be rather low, especially from the south of the country.
Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealan.

08 May 2010
The questions that are always asked but never talked about.
Local community panel members open these questions up for the audience to see if we do have ‘Common Ground' to move forward on.
19 February 2010
The Live View will be restored as soon as possible.
02 January 2010
Please check back later.
21 September 2009

 This year it will occur at 3.44am NZDT on Tuesday the 23rd.

The word equinox means "equal night": the duration of the day being equal to that of the night, an event which occurs but twice a year, the one marking the astrological beginning of spring and the other the ending of summer. Equal day/night always occurs a few days on the winter side of both the spring and autumn equinoxes.

17 September 2009

 A global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.
Established by U.N. resolution in 1982, "Peace Day" has grown to include millions of people around the world who participate in all kinds of events, large and small.

13 September 2009

Emory Douglas, the graphic Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party in the USA from 1967, speaks on his life and work.

07 August 2009

The new housing will make the image sharper and it will not suffer from condensation on the covering lens.

29 June 2009

Heavy rain and storms last night has interupted the LIVE View.


19 June 2009

It has changed to a black and white image - sorry for the interuption - I will endeavour to remedy it tomorrow

27 May 2009

Members of the Hapu have occupied the entrance to the Greymouth Petroleum well site since 22 March 2009
to prevent  the laying of a pipeline under a major waahi tapu , the Tikorangi Pa.

20 May 2009

Puanga, Matariki celebrates the diversity of life.
It's a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people.
The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year.
The new moon can be seen for the first time on these dates. In Taranaki it is called Puanga.

22 April 2009

Otaraua Hapu replaced their main tent with a Portacom on 21st April - with fresh snow covering the mountain and the cold weather the Portacom is necessary.
At the sametime Greymouth Petroluem announced they plan to divert the pipleine and lay it around the waahi tapu site.

02 February 2009

Power will be restored tommorrow midday.
On Wednesday we are planning on doing some maintenance.

27 July 2008

The live view has been restored. Now when the weather clears we will see how much snow has stayed. We can see the mountain again even if we are living away from her. Thanks to all those who put in such an effort to get it all running again.

22 July 2008

The storm has caused some damage.  Repairs are under way.  The live view will be restored as soon as possible. More heavy weather is forecast.

20 July 2008

Tawhiri Maatea is having fun creating havoc with 21st

04 June 2008

 An endangered native Taranaki plant is being closely watched by the Department of Conservation while it is in flower. DOC has caged nearly 200 Dactylanthus plants in Egmont National Park to prevent attacks from hungry possums.
The Dactylanthus is New Zealand's only completely parasitic flowering plant, depending on host plants like horopito, kamahi and toro for sustenance.

02 April 2008

Daylight Saving Ends in New Zealand this Sunday 6 April 2008 at 3:00am when clocks are put back one hour - 3:00am becomes 2:00am.

13 March 2008

Womad in Taranaki this weekend 14 to 16 March 2008.

02 March 2008

Taranaki Vista is part of the EXHIBITION at PUKE ARIKI:

"Taranaki Whenua: Life Blood Legacy"

29 February - 22 June 2008

29 January 2008

Maintenance today was sucessful. Everything is clean and secure.

29 January 2008

Maintenance is planned for Tuesday 29 January. This is a time to clean the camera and case, and to check the mounting and alignment.

09 January 2008

Happy new year. All the best for 2008.

24 December 2007

Merry Christmas everyone.

23 December 2007

Solstice has passed. The long evenings of summer will continue but the days are past their longest.

25 November 2007

Normal service has been restored after a brief outage Sunday morning.

25 November 2007

The Live view is temporarily off line. We apologise for this. We are working to restore the live view of Mount Taranaki.

31 August 2007

The picture has been restored after the storm yesterday.

30 August 2007

Watching dawn lighting up the mountain is becoming a popular alternative to reality TV in England.

30 August 2007

Thursday 13.30. 30 August,  maintenance for an hour.

22 August 2007
Cloud and rain have left only peeps of the mountain.
21 June 2007
Not a test, this is real. The site lives. The Mountain is online.