The election that taste forgot

John Key

It's wonderful to be so popular. Isn't it?

Golf fix not on flat screen

Golf ball sits on the edge of hole.

OPINION: Outsiders appear to be messing with our sports TV viewing when they would do well to leave alone.

Targeting school teachers unfair

A teacher writes on a blackboard

Teachers are back in the firing line, this time for supposedly failing to inspire pupils on to tertiary education.

Third time lucky for Legends

Palmerston North's The Square

JANINE RANKIN - Manawatu Standard

Sometimes, good decisions take time.

Tararua schools flourishing

Papatawa school

Rural schools are often the heart of their communities and it's tragic whenever they are forced to fold.

Labour fails to woo voters

LABOUR LEADER: David Cunliffe.

There will be successful Labour prime ministers in the future. Some of them will even go on to become enduringly popular statesmen.

No bombshell, just questions

Kim Dotcom

OPINION: For months journalists and political observers have had September 15 circled on their calendars.

Welcome to mediocrity, population: one beer


I did not expect much from Snow, but I could not have begun to imagine how it would impact me.

Valuing our vote is worthwhile


There are a couple of popular sayings that sometimes come up around election time.

Safety goes beyond compliance


In a legal sense the Palmerston North City Council's safety audit of the Ferguson St pedestrian crossing was proficient.

Winston plays 'Guess Who?'

winston peters

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

Market forces run amok

Station Farmers market

Nothing dashes the communal spirit of a produce or farmers' market quite like a dour dose of capitalism.

Roof plans just grandstanding?

arena manawatu

Most encouraging it is to see the Palmerston North City Council acknowledges there is a need for a covered grandstand on the embankment side of the oval at Arena Manawatu.

Hone reopens the lunchbox

Hone Harawira


By challenging his political opponents to pledge support for Mana Party's Feed the Kids legislation, Hone Harawira has shrewdly positioned the bill as a litmus test on both child poverty and the various parties' keenness to tackle it.

A case for optimism

John Key

OPINION: Don't despair - despite noxious effluent in the form of hip-hop, not all politicians are dirty.

Scotland's historic vote

OPINION: After more than 300 years as part of the UK, Scotland could be days away from independence.

Resetting my beer palate

I did not have a beer for two weeks. Not by chance, but by choice.

Tax cuts an anti-climax

Bill English

OPINION: The announcement of National's proposed tax cuts yesterday can only be described as an anti-climax.

A question of style

Judith Collins

OPINION: What caused the downfall of Judith Collins? The style of politics she's become associated with.

The old has become new again

William Rolleston

OPINION: I am perhaps not alone in thinking that this has been the most repelling yet compelling election for some decades.

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