TV redemption song cynical manipulation

OPINION: Fans of the popular TV3 show X-Factor will be well versed in the way the show uses contestants' tales of hard luck and adversity to craft engaging storylines.

Editorial: Bad decisions overwhelm well-behaved

When you foster an environment where hundreds of boozed young people will be running around, you have to expect and prepare for the few who will display poor judgment.

Editorial:Uncertainty prevails over wastewater case

Two pieces of news Palmerston North has been expecting for weeks arrived yesterday.

Skiing with foe not exactly crime

OPINION: Laila Harre and Matthew Hooton, enjoying a skiing holiday together?

Editorial: Questions remain over deployment to Iraq

The prime minister looks set to announce this afternoon the news we have expected for some time, that we're sending soldiers to Iraq.

Families help each other, but not blindly

OPINION: My brother and I grew up on the same family farm but now live in different parts of the country.

Editorial:It's up to politicians to sort out our Super

ACT leader David Seymour's call for a binding referendum about superannuation presumably comes safe in the knowledge there won't be one.

'Unschooling' risks clash with reality

OPINION: Officials have toiled for years over New Zealand's curriculum in an effort to make it accessible to the wider population.

Turning boys into good men

OPINION: Not many people frighten me - but Celia Lashlie certainly did. Fortunately she was on my side.

Editorial: Is Gilmore really beyond political redemption?

Almost 2 years on since that fateful meal in Hanmer Springs, it would seem Aaron Gilmore is still very much the "don't you know who I am?" guy.

EDITORIAL: The kids are all right, they're just growing up

Uni students who let their hair down during orientation risk making a noose for their own necks, a new study of young people's drinking habits warns.

Walking the talk on city's footpaths

There's nothing like sending our elected representatives out to pound the pavements to make them care as much about trip hazards as residents do.

Dithering on council projects must end

OPINION: It's all very well for the Palmerston North City Council to describe its $2.1 million quarterly surplus as a "satisfactory" result.

Chronic fabulist's untruths exposed

Do you ever feel that you would be happy if only you had a ton of money with a bit of eminence and fame thrown in?

Rates increase a bitter pill to swallow

OPINION: The news that ratepayers in Horowhenua are facing an increase to their rates this year of 7.6 per cent, on average, should come as no surprise.

Hurled smack into a wall of writer's block

Writer's block. Who'd have it? Well, as it turns out, me. I feel like I've just admitted a common and private malady. Like erectile dysfunction.

Another chapter in sorry SkyCity tale

OPINION: When John Key cuts the ribbon for the new SkyCity convention centre he will presumably say how wonderful the facility is.

Excitement high but format could be better

After weeks of anticipation and a series of strong performances the Black Caps begin their Cricket World Cup campaign.

Throw the book at parents

OPINION: One of the most powerful messages this week came from a District Court judge named Pippa Sinclair.

Ukraine not worth risk of Russian war

OPINION: Ukraine needs strong European Union and US support rather than war.

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