Why I care about Campbell

John Campbell

OPINION: This is dedicated to those of you who are cheering about the demise of Campbell Live.

Get serious about booze culture

Staying off the booze to help drug problems

OPINION: How long is it before we get serious about greater restrictions on alcohol in a bit to curb excessive consumption.

Everone has part in building city


OPINION: The transient nature of Palmerston North's population means we often see a lot of talented people passing through the city. 

"Staunchly parochial"

Manawatu Standard editorial

OPINION: New Manawatu editor Jonathon Howe speaks of his love for Manawatu in his first editorial since being appointed.

The truth about NCEA - and it's not good


OPINION: It is about time the public knew the truth about New Zealand's secondary school qualification,  NCEA.

Dairy industry critics need to tell both sides

Federated Farmers dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard.

OPINION: Recent report on the cost of NZ's dairy industry needs to look further than evidence that suits its needs.

Letter to the Editor

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I can commiserate with Jenny Edwards (Letters, May 9) regarding the poor quality of the resurface on Park Rd.

Republicans far from stupid

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, Secret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House in Washington after an unmanned aerial drone was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night. The Secret Service is investigating two senior agents after a car crash at the White House complex. Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback says recently appointed Director Joseph Clancy has been briefed on the March 4 incident. The crash investigation is the latest embarrassment for the agency tasked with protecting the president. In the last six months several top agency officials, including former Director Julian Pierson, have been forced out amid revelations of multiple serious presidential security breaches. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

OPINION: There's a presidential election in the US next year and there'll be lot of snarking about the Republican contenders are.

Time to end sweet nothings and act on child obesity crisis

Duncan Garner believes the flag referendum is a huge waste of money.

OPINION: Don’t expect an assault on obesity and its related killer diseases in next week’s Budget.

Cycle Classic departure a blow for Manawatu

New Zealand Cycle Classic - Tour of Manawatu - Stage 5. Main bunch on Stoney Creek Road near Bunnythorpe.

OPINION: The wheels are at risk of falling off Manawatu's bike-friendly credentials following the Cycle Classic's sharp exit to Wairarapa.

Feeling a little ginger at royal overload

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It came as a shock to me this week to learn that the fifth in line to the throne of Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations is sadly lacking in his knowledge of the Spice Girls.

Quake-prone policies will shake small towns

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Heritage buildings in Fergusson St Feilding - early morning

OPINION: Even with the requirements for earthquake-prone buldings being relaxed, the ability to find a workable, realistic middle ground for building owners remains shaky. 

Time for council to focus

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Final goodbye to Jono Naylor at a PNCC meeting this morning.

After a year of uncertainty, the Palmerston North City Council has a full complement and time to get on with it.

Riding the conservative revolution

Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street on May 11, 2015 in London, England. Prime Minister David Cameron continued to announce his new cabinet with many ministers keeping their old positions

OPINION: A spectre is haunting the English-speaking world — the spectre of conservatism.

Flag debate, spend $26m on kids

Duncan Garner believes the flag referendum is a huge waste of money.

OPINION: I couldn’t give a toss about changing our current flag. I just can’t get excited about the debate.

How's that common sense working for you?

Souuthland Times/Fairfax NZ. Courts minister Chester Borrows stops in to the Southland branch of the New Zealand Law Society.

Chester, Chester, Chester. Are you a MP or a court jester?

Yik Yak just a hairy hurdle of life

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OPINION: Bans and confiscations are 'old school' tactics and do little to further students' understanding of appropriate online behaviour.

Mayweather not one for the fair weather boxing fans

Floyd Mayweather, right, dances awayy from a Manny Pacquiao shot to the mid range.

OPINION: Money cannot buy happiness but can it guarantee a good boxing match?

Divorcing fact from friction

Marriage, based on new research, will make you happy for the rest of your life.

OPINION: I am not 'traditional' because apparently I'm contemporary. The two people who, I dare say, made me, are now in two different countries and because of this I'm not traditional. 

Explanation for funding cut please

Money, money, money

OPINION: Loss of funding for Safety Advisory Board is a blow to Palmerston North.

When termites stop holding hands, look out!

Fire fighters are battling a blaze which broke out in the kitchen area of a house in Ruby Bay.

OPINION: There is an interesting, slightly humorous observation about insects and older wooden houses.

Many reasons not to change the flag

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New Zealand beat South Africa by four wickets to reach first ever World Cup cricket final at Eden Park Auckland
crowd fly NZ flag

OPINION: I know it's not a matter of life and death, but I like the New Zealand flag and will resist efforts to change it.

Garner: Are manners sexist?

Wolf whistling is unacceptable, so why should the victims of it need to alter their behaviour instead of the perpetrators?

OPINION: I like holding doors open, to me it's a little sign of good manners. Or sexist. You decide.

Kids' vote on flag a ploy for change

The patched up New Zealand Flag flying above the Beehive.

OPINION: I would have loved the opportunity to vote for a new national flag when I was a kid. I would have also voted for a flag with Batman on it. 

The chance that was missed on Anzac Day

Spending $650 million on 105 light armoured vehicles in 2001 was crazy.

OPINION: Something was missing amid the outpouring of sentiment surrounding the Gallipoli centenary.

Local government reasons for rules

Horizons Regional Council generic

City council rules are blamed on risk aversity

Key gets off lightly for 'horseplay'

PM John Key admits he needs to conduct himself more carefully in public following revelations he repeatedly tugged a waitress's ponytail in an Auckland cafe.

OPINION: Supporters who claim the hullabaloo over John Key's ponytail pulling is a beat-up should ask themselves this question: what if it had been Andrew Little? 

It's not about trade - it's about control

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Vikki Simone, centre and other TPPA protesters handed out information to people arriving at the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce lunch to listen to Government Minister Todd McClay, at the Trailways Hotel.

OPINION: What do you know about the TPPA?

The PM, ponytails and pratfalls

20042015 News. Cameron Burnell/Fairfax NZ. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott hold a joint press conference at Te Papa.

OPINION: He can be a fun guy, but this week Prime Minister John Key looked like a prize jerk.

Shell of a man returned from war

Poppies in bloom.


OPINION: I think I'll pull out a long dead grandfather I never met and use him to make a point of some sort. 

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