OPINION: The tills in Manawatu are ringing louder than most in the lead-up to Christmas, latest figures show, and the sound will be music to the ears of retailers in the region.
OPINION: When I was at varsity during the Clark years, my lecturers would sometimes complain the Labour government suffered from a "lack of vision".
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Some people go crazy around Christmas time but it seems sanity has prevailed when it comes to Palmerston North's Santa parade.
OPINION: After the woman with the fulsome voice, Renee Maurice, won last night, it is now women three, blokes zip.
OPINION: Rarely, if ever, in human history has the death of one man so deeply affected so many people as the passing of Nelson Mandela.
OPINION: It would appear the misadventures and maulings of two cat-killing dogs in Feilding are being aided by a tangle of red tape.
OPINION: In announcing he was quitting politics at the next election, John Banks said the ACT Party was in need of a "circuit breaker".
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OPINION: When I was a boy growing up in a small Hawke's Bay town, every household would receive a free weekly guide to the films showing at the local picture theatre.
OPINION: In just a few years, reliable internet access has gone from becoming a luxury for some, to a necessity for most.
OPINION: Federated Farmers surprised some people by welcoming Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright's report, Water quality in New Zealand: Land use and nutrient pollution.
OPINION: The Christchurch East by-election delivered a comprehensive victory to Labour candidate Poto Williams, but immediately raises a more pressing question: what does it mean for next year's general election?
OPINION: National was handed a comprehensive election victory for its policies that included asset sales.
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OPINION: The people of Palmerston North took the best approach possible when the controversial Lundy Three Hundy crawled into the city on Saturday morning.
A powerful message was sent in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday to all those who would stand silently by while a child is abused: you will be severely punished for your inaction.
OPINION: Since Sunday, the media have been full of predictions of confrontation and crisis.
OPINION: The Parole Board has often been criticised for letting criminals out of prison before they've served their full term.
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OPINION: The latest release of Ministry of Health targets for district health boards made for grim reading in Manawatu.
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OPINION: The police boldly announced they would be enforcing a lower speeding tolerance throughout December and January to curb the road toll.
OPINION: With the All Blacks completing the first perfect season of the professional era, the debate around whether they are the greatest New Zealand team of all time has reached fever pitch.
OPINION: Another day, another dire report for dairying and its impact on the environment.