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Opunake Coastal Column - Building our teaching workforce for Kiwi kids

We all remember our favourite teacher, and I think most people can think of story about a moment that teacher had an impact on their lives.Teachers are a vital...


More students achieving in New Plymouth

Local MP Jonathan says that more of our students in New Plymouth gaining NCEA Level 2 is something parents will be very happy to hear.  In 2015 86 per cent...


Opunake Coastal Column - National increases its support for first-home buyers

National’s KiwiSaver HomeStart helps New Zealanders into a modest first home. It has been great over the last few months to meet local people who have been able to get...


New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young rebuts simplistic view of what Marfell needs.

Demand for Housing NZ properties has been extremely low in Marfell. Even people having to utilise temporary emergency housing have turned down opportunities, which is surprising and disappointing, says Young,...


Government adopts goal of predator free NZ

Local conservation projects could be in for a major boost with the launch of Predator Free NZ 2050, says local MP Jonathan Young.Yesterday the Government announced an initial $28 million...


Opunake Coastal Column - Loopy rules on their way out

Imagine being an owner of a bus depot with no walls who is forced to install four exit signs, just in case people can't find their way out if there...


Outstanding local student teacher wins Kupe Scholarship

Local Waitara student teacher was awarded a Kupe Scholarship at a ceremony in Wellington yesterday says local MPJonathan Young.“I am proud to see our Waitara local Matarahi Skipper has been given...


New Plymouth leads the way again in Youth Initiative

It was a well-earned celebration for the final night of the inaugural Accelerator Programme which was launched by New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young alongside Taranaki Futures and the Taranaki Chamber...


Jonathans Journal - 27th June 2016

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The Tom Column 17th June: Helping Kiwi kids achieve

The 2015 NCEA final results are the best ever achieved by New Zealand students.  I want to congratulate the students, their teachers, their parents, their principals, and all the people...