Opinion

Banning seclusion rooms looks too simplistic

Should seclusion rooms be banned?

OPINION: Education Minister Hekia Parata, who plans to outlaw seclusion rooms, says she understands managing challenging behaviour can be very difficult.

I've had my share of bullet holes

Maybe Paul Merton could explain to Capital Connection commuters how to go to the toilet standing up?

Opinion: Newspaper drama thrills; train documentary not so much.

Ghosts of 1993 wiped in memorable test win

Tim Southee congratulates Tom Latham on his catch to wrap up the match and lay to rest the ghosts of 1993.

Opinion: The Black Caps turn the tables on old foe Pakistan.

Slip, slop, slap

Sparkles the cat, left, has severe skin injuries when it was set alight.

Opinion: The magical mystery healing powers of skin are revealed.

Police actions chilling

Horowhenua deputy mayor Ross Campbell is about to be rolled.

OPINION: Police explanation for call to protester inadequate.

First woman at rugby's top table

Farah Palmer is about to join New Zealand rugby's top table.

Opinion: New Zealand women's rugby legend to join sport governing board.

Shut up and sing

John Lennon didn't always live up to his message of peace and love.

Opinion: Musicians often don't love up to their political messages.

The myth of Castro's Cuba

Then Cuban President Fidel Castro smokes a cigar during a meeting of the National Assembly in Havana, in this December ...

OPINION: Don't be sucked in by the romance. Fidel Castro's legacy is a dreadful one.

Getting the hang of STV

Election night scene marking the Palmerston North City Council's second STV election.

OPINION: For election junkies not afraid of a little bit of maths.

Black Friday is the future

Christmas holidays are a time of gift-giving. Shopping list can make Christmas season easy and save time for more fun. ...

OPINION: Kiwi retail needs to embrace Black Friday or pay the price.

End of the world in 10 years

Paul Henry

Opinion: Paul Henry was stunned, and then he quickly moved on.

Bikes and buses and erosion in Laos gallery

Nong Khiaw on the Nam Ou river.

Warwick Smith travels to Laos and leaves his old world behind.

Best to remove pesky dewclaws

Fox terriers risk injury thanks to their extra claw.

Paws and Claws: Spoongbob's painful accident.

Arts degree sits well with the future of work

Is an arts degree valuable in the world of work?

OPINION: A recent report from Radio New Zealand of declining enrolments in arts degrees at a number of New Zealand universities is bad news.

Why the media aren't irrelevant

Donald Trump confounded pundits.

Opinion: Debate over the power of the press continues.

Heartless treatment of 96 year old

After a stressful few weeks, Trixie Cottingham will keep most of her home care.

Opinion: Public officials wrong to tell 96 year old her help was for the chop.

CD forgets Manawatu roots

Jacob Oram was ousted by Central Districts.

Opinion: Central District's cricket politburo has forgotten Manawatu.

Happy with our lot

The Berry family is happy with two children of their own.

Cold Coffee: The Trump daze is interrupted by family haze in the Berry household.

Fake news about fake news

Did fake news really help Donald Trump win the presidency?

OPINION: Donald Trump's win less to do with fake news. More about things that matter.

REVIEW: Beast show a little beauty

Bruce Sinclair as Cogsworth with Grant Miller's Lumiere in the Pahiatua Repertory Society's production of "Beauty and ...

REVIEW: Pahiatua Repertory has taken on a mammoth task with its pre-Christmas production of "Beauty and the Beast".

Day of reckoning for deciles

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced a Government review of the decile rating system.

OPINION: With the demise of the school decile system looking likely, the question of what will replace it becomes imperative.

Tourists first in quake coverage

Benny on First Dates NZ: Likes "white females", pregnant women and seeing "a chick just scoffing her face with food".

TUNNEL VISION: The latest tragic earthquake will create one of those "I remember where I was" moments.

Hold the saucer, please

Cats like to drink water from all sorts of places. But drinking too much water could be a sign that all is not well.

Why is it cats love to drink from the shower?

History through 100 battles

War - A History in 100 Battles

History of battles points out peaceful times too.

Opinion: Low handicap, low morals

US president-elect Donald Trump on the sand dunes of the Menie estate in 2010, the site for his proposed golf resort, ...

OPINION: It was five years ago when Donald Trump first got up my nostril.

Elitist compliment still a compliment

World renowned scientist Richard Dawkins says Brexit and Trump are terrible for science.

Elitism and idealism aside, Dawkins has a point about New Zealand.

Wheels of council need to turn faster

Palmerston North City Council, home to local decision making.

Council projects languish while momentum is needed.

American press exposed

For the best part of a year, the press has made the case against Trump's presidency.

OPINION: Do you know why people sometimes call the independent media the "Fourth Estate"?

TPPA, no way – for now

OPINION: Trump's election has nixed any chances New Zealand has of pulling of a trade deal with the US.

Medical developments improve animal health

Puppy vaccinations have dramatically reduced the instances of parvo-virus.

PAWS AND CLAWS: In the past two or three years, there has been a bit of wizardry in several areas of my trade.

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