08102015 News Photo: Jeremy Wilkinson/Fairfax NZ. NP MP Jonathan Young with recently selected youth MP, Jessica Boniface, 16.

New youth MP for New Plymouth

A fresh new face will appear at the Youth Parliament following selections in New Plymouth.

Case heading for trial

A Hawera woman, charged with manslaughter and ill treatment of a child, has been granted interim name suppression.

A Hawera woman charged with manslaughter after the death of a six-week-old baby has pleaded not guilty.

Woman's efforts applauded by judge

A judge has praised a woman's attempts to change her 'Once were Warriors' lifestyle.

Facebook food grant fraud

People who sell their government funded food grants may face prosecution.

Taranaki Hardcore hero

A former Taranaki man's heroic actions in the fatal floods in France are being rewarded.

Jail for recidivist drink driver

A recidivist offender was jailed after being convicted of his eight drink driving offence.

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Novotel to open in December

Novotel Hosbon in New Plymouth will open in December.

New Plymouth's new Novotel hotel has locked-in an opening date and its owner hopes Prime Minister John Key will oversee the ceremony.

Singing a tribute to home

Hawera born singer Bailey Wiley has just returned from Germany, and is ready to release her third EP.

'You'll be impossible to forget'

Through Hell for work experience


McGrath tackles Kona for fifth time

New Plymouth's Jeff McGrath lines up in the Hawaii Ironman for the fifth time.

Jeff McGrath has said it before - "never again."

Vipers set to strike Falcons

Rugby league returns to Waitara's Clifton Park.

The Central Vipers will be looking to finish their season on a high when they take on the Akarana Falcons in a national rugby league match at Waitara's Clifton Park on Saturday.

Any chance for home semifinal lost for Taranaki

Taranaki prop Angus Ta'avao gets a pass away to Kurt Baker during Thursday's 35-17 loss to Tasman at Yarrow Stadium.

Taranaki will need some sharp improvement to beat Canterbury and make the NPC final.

Tasman bounce back in style

Taranaki's Angus Ta'avao attempts to break through the Tasman defence during his side's 35-17 loss in New Plymouth.

Tasman have given themselves a chance of hosting one of next week's NPC semifinals.

They come and they go

Sam Allardyce might be in for more ranting and raving if he takes on the Sunderland job.

There might be a few Premier League managers a bit nervous the next time an international window comes along.


What if Jesus were a refugee?

A Syrian refugee carries his two children off an overcrowded dinghy at a beach after crossing part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos.

Why we're hearing all sorts of arguments as to why we should not help the refugees.

A little fairness please?

Conditions in Australia's detention centers are no laughing matter, says Ross Henderson.

OPINION: Maybe opening the door to a little bit of compassion sounds too dangerous to the Australian government.

Having our say on the world stage

Among the diverse geological features of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary are black smoker hydrothermal vents

OPINION: International politics have certainly been the focus this week with Prime Minister John Key attending the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Fair suck of the sav Aussies

Australia is keeping many New Zealanders (by name only) in detention centres.

OPINION: Mean. Hostile. Unforgiving. Harsh. A breach of the most basic of human rights. But legal all at the same time.


New garden festival kicks off

Keen Oakura gardeners Will and Emma Thorp with their boys Eddie, 4, left, and Angus, 3.

Thirteen Taranaki gardeners will show off their sustainable gardens in a new garden festival this year.

Giving up for Gran: week two

Quitting smoking

Everytime I see someone smoking in the street or in their car I stare longingly at them

The benefits of being bilingual

The benefits of your children being bi or multi-lingual are becoming increasingly documented.

Becoming bilingual can grow cognitive skills such as problem solving, mental flexibility, attention control, inhibitory control and task switching.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo to return to NZ

South African a capella stars Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been announced as one of the headline acts for Womad 2016.

South Africa's most successful choir is returning to New Zealand, its message of peace strong despite a history sometimes marred by violence. 

Arts snippets

Nelson artist Barbara Franklet will showcase her work at Kina NZ Design + Artspace.

There are art exhibitions galore in Taranaki.

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