WOMAD has been in Taranaki for 20 years and this guy has been to them all!

Warren Smart still remembers walking into the very first Womad at New Plymouth’s Bowl of Brooklands and feeling like he’d left New Zealand and entered a completely different world. He has been to every single day of every single Womad since that first one back in 2003. “I remember seeing Che Fu performing that night, […]

Garden festival returns refreshed and renamed for 2022

A new naming partner, return of the landscape design project, five new gardens and a whirlwind of events – all these can be found in the Centuria Taranaki Garden Festival programme released on July 14. The annual festival, presented by TAFT, is on from October 28 to November 6 this year. It includes 43 gardens […]

A thank you from Taranaki Arts Festival Director Megan Brown

Kia ora koutou, I’m Megan Brown, the Artistic Director for Taranaki Arts Festival. What I love about the arts, whether reading a book, attending a play or an exhibition – is the response it creates. How it inspires us, what we can learn, and how we can act in response to what we see or […]

New naming partnership for garden festival

The Taranaki Garden Festival has a new naming partner with grassroots in the region. For the next two years, the TAFT-run spring event will be known as the Centuria Taranaki Garden Festival. Centuria NZ is an established property funds manager which has been operating in New Zealand for nearly 30 years and is formerly known […]

The Kiwi author Hollywood moviemakers can’t get enough of.

Christine Leunens was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to an Italian mother and a Belgian father. As a teenager, she moved to Paris, where she had a close relationship with her grandfather, Guillaume Leunens, the Flemish painter and sculptor. She funded her study and early writing by modelling in Europe. Her novels have been translated into […]

Jared Savage takes the stand for SPEAKEASY Writers Fest

New Zealand is now one of the most lucrative illicit drug markets globally. Over the past 20 years, the dealers have graduated from motorcycle gangs to Asian crime syndicates and now the most dangerous drug lords in the world – the Mexican cartels. Jared Savage is an award-winning investigative reporter at the New Zealand Herald. […]