Top knots need untying

tap beer

Tied tap arrangements have been going on for a long time, but that does not make them right.

'Us and them' attitude entrenched


Changes to roading infrastructure will only bring meaningful safety gains for cyclists if accompanied by an attitude adjustment - from both motorists and those on bikes.

Great venue to beat the Mooloos

Waikato Stadium

I can see why Hamilton is often given major rugby fixtures these days, and why Palmerston North seems to be on the backburner.

City democracy to take a hit


Here is a plan to improve voter turnout at local body elections - or maybe not.

Hawks on the wing once more

John Boehner

OPINION: US Republican John Boehner has seemingly forgotten his own party's contribution to the growth of global terrorism.

The trouble with Labour


OPINION: It seems Labour has never had weaker voter appeal than it does today, but political parties have come back from worse.

Pros and cons of big boys being bashed


OPINION: No-one wins if our major centres of population, influence and financial power are performing so poorly.

Reading the writing on the wall

David Cunliffe

Any positives to come out of Labour's post-election meltdown will be the result of honest communication.

What fresh hell awaits us all?

John Key

OPINION: The chickens will definitely be coming home to roost under National's third term.

Curtains for Cunliffe

Duncan Garner

OPINION: It's beyond doubt that Labour's caucus doesn't like David Cunliffe. Voters don't either.

Bottom feeders must be stopped


Government-backed plans to make New Zealand a smokefree country by 2025 are clearly motivated by a desire to stop people falling victim to the harmful and destructive health effects of tobacco products.

The good oil on health and safety


On the eve of my journey south to Palmerston North to take on this role I was involved in a spirited discussion with a New Plymouth friend who works in the oil and gas industry.

Resounding no to the sidelines

Karl du Fresne

What an extraordinary election campaign. And what an extraordinary result.

Voters deliver Key to kingdom

John Key

Election might not have delivered on moment of truth but did provide several moments of fear and loathing.

Resilient MP holds on against blue tide

Labour candidate Iain Lees-Galloway

I planned to spend election night keeping an eye on things while doing some other work.

We will not, can not, stand still

Rob Mitchell

The national government might look pretty much the same but there have been a handful of changes at your Manawatu Standard.

Investing in science matters

flock hill farm

OPINION: As I write this I do not know the shape or form of our next government.

Key's triumph no small achievement

John Key

OPINION: The verdict from New Zealanders could not have been more clear.

Referendum does not solve wider ills

Campaigners for an independent Scotland will have to wait for another chance to free the country from the bosom of Mother England.

The business of enslaving hearts

mike o'donnell MOD

OPINION: Apple has a freakish ability to deliver irresistible goodness we don't yet know we want.

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