Opinion

OPINION: The symmetry of Brexit

A Brexit supporter holds a Union Jack flag at a Vote Leave rally in London.

Britain must summon up its resolve in the face of uncertainty, writes Liam Hehir

Reddy case shining example of good police work

Kamal Reddy has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering girlfriend Pakeeza Yusuf and her three-year-old daughter ...

OPINION: How the police trapped the loathsome double murderer Kamal Reddy was brilliant, writes Karl du Fresne.

Moala the future at centre?

George Moala was a constant threat for the All Blacks in their third test against Wales on Saturday night.

 OPINION: In 50 minutes George Moala changed the trajectory of his rugby career and thrust himself into the battle for a regular spot for the All Blacks at centre.

Lampedusa, a poignant and heartfelt reflection

Karlos Drinkwater plays Stefano in Lampedusa.

REVIEW: Lampedusa begins and ends on a bare stage with two spotlit chairs and two characters.

OPINION: Mid-winter madness

Palmerston North City Council.

OPINION: A massive amount of information was released by the Palmerston North City Council in June that could affect people's lives.

OPINION: Plans an investment for PN's future

An impression of an additional bus shelter and waiting room for regional bus passengers in The Square in Palmerston North.

OPINION: Plans to upgrade The Square are likely to have an economic impact on the wider region.

Finer points of wining and dining lost on bureaucrats

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OPINION: The finer points of degustation dinners could well be lost on the bureaucratic mind.

Policy 'plagiarism' irritates Peters

Winston Peters seems to get annoyed when other politicians agree with him.

OPINION: Winston Peters seems to have a long history of being irritated when other politicians agree with him.

All Blacks a step above

Beauden Barrett's line-break between Welsh midfielders Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies was what sparked an All Blacks ...

OPINION: We have yet to see a perfect All Blacks performance this year, but they are still a class above the rest of the world.

Great policing or just bad drug smuggling?

Pictures supplied by the police of the mega meth bust on 90 mile beach.
Northland Police make record seizure of ...

Was the Northland meth bust a case of cracker police work or just good fortune?

A trip to Melbourne reveals Australian culture

Richard Swainson had a secret desire to witness an Australian team defeated on home soil.

OPINION: Travel is said to broaden the mind.

A thought-provoking production

Jade Daniels and Jane Yonge in The Politician's Wife.

REVIEW: The Politician's Wife has a story ripped straight from the headlines about the desperate diaspora of war refugees.

OPINION: McGrail on verge of eighth decade in horse racing

Manawatu Standard racing reporter Stewart McGrail.

OPINION: On Stewart McGrail's last day at school, he was told by his headmaster someone had to come last; just not as far back as him.

OPINION: Another chapter in the decline of liberty

Former English soccer player Paul Gascoigne faces charges of racially aggravated abuse.

OPINION: Last November, former English soccer player Paul Gascoigne, who has a history of alcoholism and mental illness, was accused of making an inappropriate joke when presenting an event.

OPINION: Skilled school boards crucial

Board of Trustee members should have the skills required to govern a school.

OPINION: Board of Trustee members should have the skills required to govern schools within their communities.

Future library will still need chairs

Palmerston North's City Library has been in city councillors' spotlights.

OPINION: OPINION: The living room of the city needs its leaks and furniture fixed while grander designs are drawn.

Check travel insurance fine-print

Don't let a pre-existing condition ruin your holiday plans.

OPINION: Some of the reasons insurers can decline a claim may surprise you.

You're magnificent, Mrs Plod

Susan Lancashire plays police officer Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley.

OPINION: Series two of Happy Valley is beautifully crafted and leaves the cell door open for another, writes Malcolm Hopwood.

Matters of the heart

There are lots of different types of heart disease in four legged furry friends.

OPINION: There are lots of different types of heart disease in four legged furry friends.

Universal basic income debate just beginning

National Councillor Luzi Stamm, a member of parliament for the right-wing Swiss People's Party, liked the idea of the ...

OPINION: In a referendum on Sunday, Swiss voters rejected a proposal for a guaranteed annual income for everybody by an overwhelming 78%-22% majority.

A brush with greatness

Muhammad Ali fighting Richard Dunn in Munich. Rachel Stewart recalls a trip to Las Vegas to watch "the Greatest" in the ...

OPINION: Ali in the flesh was like a watching a beautiful creature – a tiger, or bird of prey – perfect in its own skin.

The MOU and the art of war

Green Party Co-leaders James Shaw, left, and Metiria Turei, right, with Labour Party leader Andrew Little during the ...

OPINION: Labour and the Greens have signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" ostensibly committing both to cooperation in the service of changing the Government.

OPINION: Stalwarts deserve respect

Rangitane o Manawatu principal negotiator Danielle Harris and Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson talk at the ...

OPINION: Those who have been honoured by the Queen today deserve our respect and admiration.

An inventive solution is required for a bleeding nose

Ligi Sao of the Eagles leaves the field with a bleeding nose during the round 19 NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles ...

OPINION: It started with a single blotch of red. An out-of-place patch of colour on the bathroom floor.

Change depends on undermining PM

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Prime Minister John Key gives a post budget speech at the Trans-Tasman ...

The Labour and Green Parties have signed an agreement to co-operate and to offer the electorate 'the basis of a stable, credible and progressive alternative government at the 2017 General Election'.

Rugby player poaching in schools continues unabated

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Terry Pongi of the Sacred Heart first XV breaks out of a tackle.

OPINION: There was a time when schools were satisfied just educating students.

Is alcohol to blame?

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OPINION: It has become accepted wisdom that New Zealand has a serious drinking problem. But do we?

Stories have power

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To follow politics is to face a constant barrage of statistics. Stories may work better.

Crusade against smoking continues

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There is now a united front in New Zealand against smoking.

OPINION: Lesser lights have gone unnoticed

Abe Vigoda, an American actor best known for roles in "The Godfather" and the 1970s sitcom "Barney Miller, " died ...

2016, so we are repeatedly told, has been a bad year for celebrity deaths, writes Richard Swainson.

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