Dotcom circus detracts from real issues

Kim Dotcom

Does Dotcom truly want to save New Zealand by giving us free internet to watch with some legalised cannabis?

Letter: Naturally beautiful


It was a very good editorial in Saturday's paper (September 6) with some important points and questions raised, and in my view is aligned with what this council is hearing from the mayoral-led Community Conversations.

Hard graft, belts and journeymen

Sam Rapira

OPINION: Love it or loathe it, boxing in its various forms has captured the imagination of sports fans in Taranaki.

Letter: H&S changes loom

club sport soccor

I wonder how many of my friends and colleagues in sport and recreation are readying themselves for the health and safety reforms scheduled to come into force April 1, 2015.

Letter: I drink our river water

tdn tucker strap

Having fished all Taranaki rivers for more than 50 years, I feel qualified to comment on their state.

Holiday welcome relief from sugary election promises

OPINION: I couldn't have timed this holiday better. It's sunshine, salt water and sand instead of election promises.

Winston taunts voters with 'Guess Who?' politics

winston peters

OPINION: Winston Peters is likely to choose who our next prime minister, but voting for him is gamble.

Editorial: Something's rotten in the state of our water

water generic

OPINION: Some issues never seem to go away and fluoride is one of them.

Labour man with work to do in home straight

Ammunition to shoot down poll

Labour MP Andrew Little strap

OPINION: Andrew Little is right to question his abysmal showing in the Taranaki Daily News election poll result but he cannot ignore it.

Tottering colt takes on the warhorse

winston peters

OPINION: Winston Peters has cast himself earnestly as the person who will ultimately decide who will lead the next government.

Letter: Nasty and callous

power line generic

John Sargeant's column on August 30 is like the column before and the one before and the one before that.

Letter: Key's political stunt

Teachers protest

Investing in Educational Success (IES) is the Government's current flagship education policy.

Editorial: Tax a good policy poorly sold


OPINION: Labour leader David Cunliffe is doing a poor job of selling a good policy: his capital gains tax.

Letter: Wrong field

tdn yarrow stadium

I wish to complain to the Taranaki Rugby Football Union about playing the Development team on a No 2 ground.

Letter: Right to live

Sexual predators

People give up their right to belong to our society when they abuse our children.

Letter: Children's perspective needed

School classroom

I am Ethan Griffiths, I'm 12 years old and a student at Francis Douglas Memorial College.

Every vote sends a message

The election came to New Plymouth with a bang on Monday night.

Letter: Maori funding

magnifying glass dollar

With all the large Maori Treaty settlements made which add up to millions of dollars, surely it must go a long way to helping the poorer Maori families that we hear about struggling with housing problems etc.

Letter: Air crash records

 Moturoa resident Barrie Slyfield

Thank you for the interesting interview with Barrie Slyfield and his recollection of wartime days. There was a reference to a crash near Omata and the absence of information about the event.

Letter: Demolition plans

It is disappointing to read about the looming demolition of the 98-year- old school boarding hostel building at the New Plymouth Boys' High School.

Bid to embrace random acts of kindness

Libby Weaver

OPINION: Serendipitously I find that the day on which I get to write my first contribution to this column is Random Acts of Kindness Day.

'Marae justice' can work for communities

OPINION: Crime and punishment have long been matters of dissent within our society.

Capacity building must now focus on whanau level

In 1984, the then Minister for Maori Affairs Koro Wetere called a hui of Maori leaders to consider the future for Maori development.

Letter: Bridge upgrade

Durham St traffic jam

The Vickers-to-City upgrade will be commencing in the near future.

Letter: Why more booze outlets?


It concerns me that two businesses have, or have applied for, liquor licences for the East End and Fitzroy Beaches.

What future after oil, gas and dairy?

Dairy cows

OPINION: Dear as we might hold them, the best things about Taranaki need to be more than oil, gas and dairy, as Taranaki-King Country National candidate Barbara Kuriger so succinctly put it on Prime Television last month.

Winston may be kingmaker but watch out for Prince Colin

Colin Craig

OPINION: Did Craig spit the dummy and go away? No. He lifted his game.

Unreported: Fast food crisis

KFC fire

OPINION: The biggest story of the week in this neck of the woods was the KFC catching fire.

Court ruling on river opens doors

Waikato River

The way has been opened for further court action as Maori reclaim rivers they say they never willingly sold.

No hope when candidate doubts leader

Georgina Beyer

OPINION: With Georgina Beyer what you see is what you get. At least as a politician. So what was it that Internet Mana didn't see?

Editorial: Shooting creates shockwaves

Ashburton winz shooting

OPINION: What happened in Ashburton on Monday will reverberate throughout the country for a long time to come.

Digital records that come back to haunt


OPINION: In the digital age keeping information private is a major challenge.

Letter: Playing with lives

Waitara River

I watched Friday's council meeting online and was not very impressed. It was stated that all affected groups had worked out this (Waitara) deal.

Letter: Religious disinterest would help

Religion, Christianity, Easter

Much vitriol has been generated by the warring political parties in the lead-up to the general election.

Who might the 'average New Zealander' be?

tdn rachel

If I hear one more politician tell me what New Zealanders want I'm going to change my nationality.

Getting on with what really matters

OPINION: While politicians and the news media focus on the upcoming election, we here in Taranaki get on with real life and what really matters.

When there's no more Mr Nice Guy, Bennett is next bet

Duncan Garner

OPINION: John Key won't last forever. At his best he was unbeatable. But time marches on.


Unreported starts this week with a little bit of New Plymouth District Council history.

Letter: Quite alien to Kiwi way of life

robert muldoon flipboard

Since I had my first vote in a general election in 1946 I have experienced many campaigns over the years.

Letter: Seal attack warnings


It is great to see that Mr lester is healing well after the seal attack.

School pressure will not be tolerated

School classroom

Schools are constantly trying to persuade parents to pay their "voluntary" donations, but sometimes they go too far.

Letter: Points to ponder

Mt Taranaki

I'm home for a short visit in New Plymouth and then back to Aussie for work again.

Letter: Simple rule on division of wealth

Green Party

The Green Party wants to tax higher earners 40 per cent because they earn more money.

Housing policies offer genuine choice

OPINION: National plays its housing card and hopes it can get the election back to arguments about policy.

Letter: Email ignorance

Is it not time to prosecute hackers for theft?

Letter: That's no forum

I am blocked from three Taranaki current MPs' personal and party electronic media forums, with poor manners being given as the reason.

Happy consequence of illegal downloads

bowl xmas tdn

Yesterday's announcement that both Paul Simon and Sting will be bringing their On Stage Together tour to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands next January is good news for fans of both superstars.

Letter: Not a good look

fuel truck, tanker

Taranaki Daily News

If ever there was an argument for protecting people against themselves, it is the front page of Thursday's Daily News.

Letter: Story shows all not as it seems

Tikorangi drill rig site

Thank you for your report on the petition to reinstate the speed limit at Tikorangi and congratulations to those Tikorangi folk who once again prove that there are two sides to every story.

Letter: Fluoride propaganda


I am once again flabbergasted to read in your paper an article stating ''No health risks in fluoride - review''.
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