Opinion

Not as silent as some might like

Horowhenua Mail

Barry Judd (Letters, August 22) suggests I have suddenly found my voice in an election year and asks why I have not seen fit to voice these concerns.

District 'crying for change'

Horowhenua Mail

It is time for all the budding council contenders to put on their ''dreams and promises'' hats and parade themselves before the apathetic few who bother to listen to all the rhetoric.

Is Cunliffe the answer after all?

GORDON CAMPBELL - Horowhenua Mail

Politics being what it is, the next leader of Her Majesty's Opposition may not be chosen on the basis of a clear- sighted, altruistic assessment of which contender would be best for the party, and the nation.

Hunt 'found her voice'

Horowhenua Mail

OPINION: No-one likes increasing costs and rates increases, but HDC is taking a responsible transparent approach to its finances and performance.

Comments to create interest

Horowhenua Mail

OPINION: In response to Mary Ryder, I have always encouraged debate regarding the Horowhenua District Council and the council management.

Voters smarter this time

OPINION: Election day in local government may not be until October 12, but mayoral races in our two largest cities already seem done and dusted.

Cup overshadows health

Porirua Union Health

OPINION: America's Cup hoopla has overshadowed the plight of community health clinics, which serve low-income people.

Timely promotion for Cunliffe

David Cunliffe

OPINION: New Labour leader David Cunliffe will have several opportunities to present himself as an alternative Prime Minister.

Are the polls to be believed?

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Polls have become the drug of choice in political life.

Is Cunliffe the answer after all?

David Cunliffe

OPINION: While Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe are both excellent public speakers, Cunliffe has been better able in the House to score hits on the Government.

Paula Bennett's bells and whistles

Paula Bennett

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - The Wellingtonian

OPINION: If Steven Joyce provides much of the Government's intellectual firepower, Paula Bennett plays a different role for her colleagues.

NZ: 100 per cent vulnerable

Fonterra

OPINION: Parenthood is anxiety-inducing enough, without asking parents to play Russian roulette with what they're feeding their babies.

Real culprits dodging culpability

beehive parliament

OPINION: The public service owes an increasing amount of allegiance to the ministers of the day, but there's a sniff of scandal the ethos of the old public service kicks in.

Labour turns to housing again

House for sale, real estate, property

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - The Wellingtonian

OPINION: When in doubt, talk about housing.

Mitchell 'shown the way'

Horowhenua Mail

OPINION: The Horowhenua District Ratepayers and Residents Association would like to thank the people who attended the Larry Mitchell presentation on July 7 and the organisations and businesses that supported it.

Shearer's quandary over 'man ban'

David Shearer

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMBELL - Horowhenua Mail

OPINION: As the "man ban" fades into history, the ripple effects continue from one of the stranger episodes in recent political history.

The real flaws in the spy bill

Kim Dotcom

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - The Wellingtonian

OPINION: While Kim Dotcom and John Key clash at the GCSB legislation hearings, other submitters have highlighted flaws in the draft bill.

National's tactics paying off

John Key

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Seventeen months out from the next election, National has the luxury of contradictory messages about the Opposition's credibility as an alternative government.

The Christchurch fatigue factor

Christchurch Cathedral

OPINION: As the countdown ticks on towards the point when Christchurch City Council will need to have significantly cleared its backlog of building consents - or else the government will step in - the rest of the country has reacted with something that looks like apathy.

Spying legislation goes too far

Talking Politics

spy

BY GORDON CAMPBELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: So far Prime Minister John Key has tried to make changes to spying legislation look like merely a bit of tidy housework, rather than a radical renovation of the premises.

Shedding light on legal aid changes

Beehive

On the back of accusations about dodgy lawyers, the government has rushed through changes to legal aid.

Budget a bitter pill for caregivers

Nz dollars

OPINION: The government's budget announcement of funding for 1600 family carers for the disabled was actually bad news for some.

Waihi decision needs scrutiny

Goldmining continues at OceanaGold’s Fraser’s underground mine, North Otago, part of its work at Macraes Flat.

OPINION: The Waihi mine decision has been buried almost entirely by the Aaron Gilmore stampede.

Rail plans make no sense

Horowhenua Mail

Recent letters about the stay of execution of the Capital Connection are over-simplified or misinformed.

Council hasn't earned pay rise

Horowhenua Mail

The Remuneration Authority has gone mad, giving mayors and councillors an increase of 8.9 per cent. In the case of Horowhenua, you have to ask yourself, for what?

AB jersey must be earned

All Blacks jersey

SPORTS TALK BY JOSEPH ROMANOS - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Two schools of thought about All Black selection have been aired lately.

Workplace safety under scrutiny

Construction, contractors, rebuild

OPINION: You would think it was relatively easy to count the number of people killed in workplace accidents in New Zealand.

Some are more equal than others

Cash generic

OPINION: Last week provided several examples of just how different the realities of life can be in a country that has long prided itself on being egalitarian.

Points scoring over power policies

mighty river power

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: With winter looming, the unveiling by Labour and the Greens of a new system of power price regulation could hardly have been timed better, politically speaking.

Charter schools disquiet grows

teacher protest

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - The Wellingtonian

OPINION: National standards, charter schools, the Christchurch schools mergers and the Novopay teacher pay fiasco all continue to raise hackles among parents and teachers alike.

Cronyism by another name

john key

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Prime Minister John Key has routinely polled more highly with the public than many policies of his government.

Bank customers put at risk

money

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Banking can be a risky business. Politically, this raises the question: should banks be required to take out sufficient insurance against failure?

All quiet at Greypower

Horowhenua Mail

The latest Horowhenua Greypower newsletter makes good reading, but it is surprising that the local branch does not currently have a president, secretary or a vice-president with the acting vice-president is on ''leave of absence''.

Nothing insulting about gay marriage

Horowhenua Mail

I would like to correct Brian Austin when he states Tony Reed has insulted ''every other married couple in the country'' by advocating for gay marriage.

An unedifying political circus

Beehive

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: The public last week had a couple of behind-the-scenes peeps at the political circus, and the sights weren't pretty.

Nothing insulting about gay marriage

I would like to correct Brian Austin when he states Tony Reed has insulted ''every other married couple in the country'' by advocating for gay marriage.

Funding change will shift problem

Horowhenua Mail

The decision to charge for smear tests based on race has been identified as racist by a Levin woman (Smear policy raises ire, March 7).

Key misses golden opportunity

Hugo Chavez funeral 80x60 thumb

TALKING POLITICS: GORDON CAMPBELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: The coincidence last week that Prime Minister John Key and a trade delegation were touring South America just when one of its leading political figures died of cancer could have been seen as a golden opportunity.

Key misses golden opportunity

Hugo Chavez funeral 80x60 thumb

TALKING POLITICS: GORDON CAMPBELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: The coincidence last week that Prime Minister John Key and a trade delegation were touring South America just when one of its leading political figures died of cancer could have been seen as a golden opportunity.

Government shakes off bad news

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Last week was one for John Key and his Beehive colleagues to savour.

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