Nigella underwhelms

Nigella Lawson on MasterChef Australia.

OPINION: Nigella Lawson's guest appearance in MasterChef Australia failed to impress.

Turbos dip out

The chat between referee Brett Johnson and Callum Gibbins which proved so costly for the Turbos.

OPINION: Every year the Turbos get Manawatu rugby fans' hopes up.

'Community care' costly experiment

Flowers at a memorial service for Clare Bremner at the home where she and her husband Keith were attacked by their son Ross.

OPINION: Why was a man as disturbed as Ross Bremner not in care?

We are not animals

Judith Collins said it, but many of us know it to be true: Poverty does not beget crime.

OPINION: Judith Collins was on the mark. Poor people have free will too.

Walk to work too far for most councillors

There are few Palmerston North city councillors left who live within walking distance of their civic workplace.

OPINION: Poorer neighbourhoods are not where most councillors choose to live.

OPINION: Should our police do it all?

Men and women in blue are expected to handle mental health crises as well as crime and other emergencies.

Police are brushing up their skills in dealing with mental health issues.

Bend your knees ... oops!

Though cats can be agile, sudden movements can cause an uncomfortable hernia.

PAWS & CLAWS: Hernias may be something we associate with older guys lifting heavy objects but at the pet hospital on Pitama Rd we saw an epidemic of different types of hernias last week.

Poldark comes alive at last

Aidan Turner in Poldark.

TUNNEL VISION: I've never known someone to agonise so long over his last will and testament.

Growing affairs of the heart

It is hard not to be seduced by life's little surprises.

Greer Berry: I shouldn’t have started things off between us and I will admit, I made the first move.

Liam Hehir: Elite mockery helps Hobson's Pledge

Don Brash is the most well known face in Hobson's Pledge.

OPINION: Sneering views in social media vacuum no way forward.

The twists and turns of local body elections

Manawatu District's new mayor Helen Worboys.

OPINION: One of the wonderful things about local body elections is that they always have the capacity to surprise you.

Springboks' tactics ancient

The Springboks' kicking game against the All Blacks in Durban got them nowhere. This Patrick Lambie kick was charged ...

Anyone questioning why you can't compare different eras of rugby need to look no further than the All Blacks' 57-15 annihilation of the Springboks in Durban.

What is achieved by airbrushing history?

Lecturer Steve Elers is calling for Massey University to change its name.

OPINION: Comedian Stephen Fry bemoaned a movement at Oxford University that had lobbied for the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes.

Ones and twos

Cats aren't immune from tummy trouble.

Number twos is a subject definitely on the "not to talk about list".

New tricks has full head of steam

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Dennis Waterman has a face that hasn't just been lived in, it's been rented out.

The power is briefly in voters' hands

Voting in the local body elections closes at noon on Saturday.

OPINION: Passing on the power, from electors, to councillors, to chief executive.

Practical skills are useful in the Beehive

Alfred Ngaro - could he be one to watch if there's a Cabinet reshuffle?

OPINION: There has been talk of a possible Cabinet reshuffle lately.

Graveside decor review ill-conceived

A dozen complaints prompted a fast-tracked review of graveside decorations at Kevin Grove Cemetery.

OPINION: Council should not change expectations in unnecessary review.

Massey's racist remarks understandable but not excusable

Debate is raging over whether Massey University needs a name change after the Prime Minister whose name it bears was ...

OPINION: Racist revelation sparks intriguing debate about former PM Massey University is named after.

Puppy and kitten season in full swing

It's puppy time.

Some lives end while others are just beginning.

Doco vindicates our governor-general

Seven Sharp did a once over lightly on Reefton.

OPINION: With the swearing in of the new governor general, I've been thinking about an old one.

What crisis? It's all good in New Zealand

OPINION: The way people talk you'd think we were on the verge of collapse.

Turbos won't see recovering Milner-Skudder

The victorious Manawatu teachers rugby team after beating their Taranaki counterparts in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Nehe Milner-Skudder is on the road to recovery.

Pitt-Jolie split adds to Hollywood marriage flops

Hollywood A-listers Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are divorcing.

OPINION: Brad has been found wanting as a father and Ange is very consciously uncoupling for the sake of the children.

Kids' safety over dog breeds

Stock image angry dog running at camera, aggressive dog, menacing, teeth

OPINION: Just ban dog breeds and be done with it.

Win over Canterbury reignites Turbos' campaign

Jackson Hemopo, of the Turbos, is tackled by Canterbury full-back Jordie Barrett. The Turbos upset the Cantabs 19-13.

OPINION: Shame on the infidels who thought Cantabs would romp home.

Labour leader must grow the beard

Is it time for Andrew Little to grow a beard?

OPINION: What will it take for Labour to win the next election?

Tenancy tribunal decision must be overturned

Let's hope the district court overturns a Tenancy Tribunal ruling made over this property's soiled carpet.

OPINION: The tribunal's decision defies belief and will leave landlords worried.

Election campaigns brings on all sorts of experts

Oli Jakobs, 12, with a letter inviting him to enrol to vote.

OPINION: Local body election time brings out some hardy perennials from the garden of our discontent.

Keeping the bounce in your bunny

Rabbits are becoming increasingly popular as a household pet.

The domestic rabbit is fast becoming one of our most popular pets.

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