Opinion

Public radio at its finest

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, one of three prime ministers featured so far on RNZ's The 9th Floor.

OPINION: RNZ mighht be too full of itself sometimes, but The 9th Floor is excellent.

Let us watch

Michael Feyen rightly told the MidCentral DHB about the success of his council's livestreaming.

OPINION: It's simple, cheap and effective, so there's no excuse not to livestream.

Wars are not easy to avoid

Anzac Day is a chance to remember the sacrifice of New Zealanders in war.

OPINION: There is no perfect formula or ideology that makes war obsolete.

John Clarke was swell

John Clarke as Fred Dagg, in 1978.

OPINION: John Clarke was a wonderful entertainer and a great man, writes Richard Swainson.

Barrett the bulldozer

Beauden Barrett leaves most other players in his dust.

OPINION: First five on track to be one of our best, and English language at its worst.

Raw milk's raw deal

Drinking raw milk straight from the udder never harmed anyone.

OPINION: Karl Du Fresne rallies against rules, regulations and bureaucracy.

If it sounds right, it's alright, more or less

The "grammar vigilante" strikes again.

OPINION: Sorry grammar police, '10 items or less' is fine with me.

Keeping things in proportion

How far should we go to hide alcohol displays in supermarkets?

RANKIN FILES: War on alcohol stirs connections to Trump's foreign policy.

Trading laws no longer relevant

Are Easter trading laws a remnant of a bygone era?

OPINION: Do Easter trading laws have a place in modern New Zealand society?

Hurricanes turn on the entertainment

He's wearing Hurricanes colours at the moment, but might Ngani Laumape be wearing black in future?

OPINION: Times have changed to such a degree the Hurricanes are now the best show in town.

In defence of small-town NZ

John Clarke as Fred Dagg in 1976.

John Clarke didn't grow up drinking Auckland cafes out of their chia smoothies.

Goodbye to hand-washing

It is more noble to wash dishes by hand than putting them in the dishwasher?

OPINION: Not having a dishwasher seemed like a noble idea. It wasn't.

Fact checking is flawed

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry's assertion Syria had no more chemical weapons has proven deadly wrong.

OPINION: To be Catholic in a post-Christian age is to suffer many misconceptions. One example is the idea of papal infallibility. Many assume the doctrine requires Catholics to hold that the Pope makes no mistakes.

Bar curfew a curious tactic

No matter what time bars close, people will still be rolling into town drunk. (file photo)

A 2am bar curfew hopes to reduce alcohol-related crime and pre-loading. If only it was that simple.

Censorship taking over

Don Brash is right to stand up for free speech.

OPINION: I defend Bob Jones' right to be rude and Geoffrey Palmer's right to be dull, writes Richard Swainson.

Frosty Knickers loses

Bradley Walsh, quizmaster.

TUNNEL VISION: The Chase is compelling TV, especially when the brains lose.

Standing against nukes

Thomas Nash is the co-founder of the UK-based disarmament organisation Article 36. He led the international campaign to ...

OPINION: Nuclear conference shows people are standing up for a world without nuclear violence.

The laughing mantis

Jeremy Coney entertained the crowd at the recent Manawatu Cricket dinner.

OPINION: Jeremy Coney keeps cricket dinner guests entertained.

No longer liberal

Cardiff University students tried to ban Germaine Greer from giving a speech in 2015.

OPINION: Students of the 1960s pushed the boundaries of the conservative establishment.

Significant shift for Labour

Labour leader Andrew Little, left, and co leader of the Green James Shaw.

OPINION: Labour is positioning itself as a serious candidate for the next election, writes Liam Hehir

Vote on voting

Lew Findlay is no fan of STV.

OPINION: STV to stay, but the system faces challengers.

Choking on our failure to merge

The Poplar Ave interchange for the Kapiti expressway, looking west.

OPINION: Merging requires motorists to be aware and considerate. Obviously, we're dreadful at it.

Jailhouse sob stories

I Am Innocent would prove popular among Manawatu Prison inmates.

TUNNEL VISION: Malcolm Hopwood loves a good story, but loves a balanced one even more.

Keeping up appearances

It takes a lot of effort to look this good.

PAWS AND CLAWS: Cats and vanity go together like salt and pepper, Malcolm Anderson explains.

Taking the scalpel to arts is apt

Waikato University vice-chancellor Neil Quigley wants to build a medical school at the tertiary institution.

OPINION: Vice-chancellor lays the groundwork for his grand project, a medical school.

Taming the scarfies

Geoff Thompson, pictured in 2012, when he coached Varsity.

OPINION: Innovative Manawatu rugby coach Geoff Thompson remembered.

Games changes needed

The Commonwealth Games should get back to basics, as it was in 1974 when Christchurch was the host.

OPINION: The Commonwealth Games need a makeover and fast, writes a top sporting official.

Adele speaks my bad language

Crowds of mostly women gather for Adele at Mt Smart Stadium.

OPINION: Adele's loose banter is an F-bomb to my heart.

Let it go

The safety of the Horowhenua District Council building has been investigated several times.

OPINION: Somebody needs to release a copy of the latest report about the council chambers.

Fresh look at SAS claims would be reassuring

Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson launch their book, Hit & Run.

OPINION: Voters may not be swayed by accusations about the SAS.

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