OPINION: I am a young professional who spent her whole childhood growing up in New Plymouth.
At 18 years of age, I left to continue my studies in one of our larger New Zealand cities and now, after four years of study, reside in Auckland.
Upon returning to New Plymouth recently with my boyfriend, who has only recently moved to New Zealand, to celebrate a major milestone with friends and family, we found ourselves in a situation I would have more expected in my current place of residence, not my home town.
We were attacked, viciously and unprovoked, by 10 people, outside a popular restaurant.
While my boyfriend lay on the ground, being kicked in the head and torso, several small groups of people gathered to watch.
I am shocked, disgusted and sickened by this behaviour and am becoming increasingly ashamed to say this happened in the amazing town I grew up in, and am reluctant to return.
I have since become aware this is a common occurrence. This is disgusting and I feel something needs to be done. Is it going to take a young life to be taken too soon for someone to act on this? Act now before it's too late.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Thousands of people gathered at New Plymouth's cenotaph this morning.
The Taranaki Mountain Airs claim their first win, holding off the Waikato Pistons.
While foraging for fungus can be popular, it can also be dangerous.
An Opunake woman has turned tragedy into the gift of life with a remarkable act.
The belt tightening is continuing at the New Plymouth District Council.
What do you think of Maori trying to restrict access to the breakwater?Related story: Iwi may disrupt access
Get your mid week news fix
Get your South Taranaki news online
with Rachel Stewart
with Gordon Brown
Matt Rilkoff's perspective of contemporary life
With Kathryn Calvert
The self-confessed bard of Brixton, offers views on life, politics and Akubra hats.
with Glenn McLean