New year baby takes parents by surprise
The new year was just two hours old when Jessica Nepia went to hospital for some painkillers only to leave with Taranaki's first baby of 2014.
"They were like, ‘you are not leaving. You are going to be walking out of here with a baby'," she said.
New father Ale Feaunati said Jessica had been having contractions for two days and they only went to hospital for painkillers to help her sleep.
"We got here at about 2am and he was out at 6.20am," he said.
The first-time parents named their son Myles Fesilaf'i David Feaunati-Nepia.
The 3.34 kilogram baby caught them by surprise. "We only turned up with a few clothes for Jess," Mr Feaunati said.
For her part, Ms Nepia said parenthood still didn't feel real but she expected that reality to hit at home.
The couple, who have been in a relationship for three years, said they knew they were in for some big changes but were looking forward to being parents.
Myles missed out on being the country's first-born by a little over six hours after baby Mary came into the world in Auckland at 12.01am. Her parents did not want to talk to the media.
Weighing 2.66kg, she only just snatched the national honour from Oliver George Merola, born just nine minutes later in Waikato.
Oliver is 2.47kg and will stay in hospital for a while to put on some weight.
A few minutes after Oliver, Ruby Parnham was born at Christchurch Women's Hospital at 12.17am, weighing 3.5kg, and one minute later 3.43kg baby Nu'ulopa Fa'alemiga was delivered at 12.18am at Wellington Hospital.
Taranaki Daily News