Opinion

The 2016 Budget – anything new?

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OPINION: It's that time of the year again when Finance Minister Bill English tells us how he is going to spend our money.

The Government falls asleep at the wheel

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OPINION: The Government has maintained a cautious, steady course, generally avoiding outlandish spending.

OPINION: Lineouts and restarts vital areas for Turbos this year

Kane Thompson of Samoa breaks during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Japan.

OPINION: Let's pray the enlistment of venerable lock Kane Thompson will go some way to curing a few of the Manawatu Turbos' ills of last season.

OPINION: Moving south is the secret

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I am 30 years old, married and the father of two. Our family lives in a big villa on a large section in a quiet street.

OPINION: The creep of change to be tamed

Student flats in McGiffert St demonstrate how more people can be packed in to modern central city neighbourhoods.

OPINION: Planning rules seek to strike a balance between restricting individual freedoms to create the best outcomes for the wider community.

OPINION: Lift game on player names video

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak's name has proved a challenge for NRL commentators for three seasons.

OPINION: It's past time for rugby league commentators to lift their game on pronouncing players' names.

REVIEW: High energy Hair show

Performers during a routine at a dress rehearsal for the Abbey Musical Theatre's rendition of Hair.

REVIEW: Tina White reviews the Abbey Musical Theatre's revamped version of Hair.

What is New Zealand's best song?

A Howard Morrison Quartet reunion at Rororua in 1998

New Zealand Music month always poses the question of what constitutes our best song, Richard Swainson writes.

The tragic side of Harry Selfridge

Jeremy Piven as Harry Gordon Selfridge in Mr Selfridge

The tale of shopping pioneer Harry Selfridge is both fascinating and tragic, writes Malcolm Hopwood.

Attack of the cigar shaped mites

Bull terriers, like this little staffordshire bull terrier, are more susceptible to Demodex infections.

I have lots of fond memories of my friend and mentor, Mike, whose little clinic I used to cycle to almost every day after school to help out.

Syria: The Russians Were Right

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OPINION: The Russians were right about Assad, Gwynne Dyer writes.

Are new breakdown rule variations really rugby?

Tim Wilkinson might have been a contender for the Rio Olympics.

To heck with bring back Buck; let's just bring back the ruck.

The Catholic church needs to move on

The Catholic church needs to rethink its demand for its priests to be celibate

OPINION: The shocking pain and guilt caused by the vow of celibacy is hidden behind a wall of silence and hypocrisy, writes Karl du Fresne.

On agreeing with Winston Peters

Winston Peters is right on this one, Liam Hehir writes.

OPINION: New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has urged the British people to vote to leave the European Union.

Conundrum for the church: To change or not to change

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OPINION: To the general public, it seems obvious – if churches wish to avoid being pushed to the margins of society, they should abandon sexual discrimination and probably other forms of discrimination as well.

Roadworks roulette vexing

Traffic congestion caused by roadworks at the intersection of Rangitikei St and Tremaine Ave in Palmerston North.

Roadworks should be an inconvenience, not part of the Manawatu lifestyle.

Jordan has let men down

Jordan Mauger wasn't a great example of a New Zealand man in The Bachelor.

OPINION: A real man is not selfish. He understands that love is about giving. He is prepared to sacrifice himself for a cause, writes Grant Miller.

OPINION: Trump's candidacy less surprising in wider context

Donald Trump now appears a certainty to secure the Republican nomination.

OPINION: The year is 410 AD. Rome is being overrun by barbarians who have broken through the city gates and ransacked the place for three days straight.

OPINION: Cycling projects are gaining momentum

Cyclists in Palmerston North prefer off-road tracks to on-road cycle lanes.

OPINION: OPINION: Progress on Palmerston North cycleways is gaining momentum, but cyclists still worry about their safety on the way.

Abuse of prescription drugs shows pressure can get to sports stars

Kieran Foran is in a rehabilitation facility after overdosing on prescription drugs.

OPINION: For decades it was alcohol that was the pressure-relief valve of choice for sports stars.

OPINION: The interesting things that animals eat

A king charles spaniel was at the vet hospital this week after eating something a little hard.

OPINION: Grass is a word with many meanings including the green area around the house to electric lawn clippings that are inhaled.

OPINION: Actors make the character their own

Luther's Idris Elba has made the character his own, according to Malcolm Hopwood.

People who follow Luther (UKTV, Mondays) and Bosch (Box, Tuesdays) deserve a small mention in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Only a small one.

OPINION: Manawatu club rugby needs to be at full strength

It's a shame players like Otere Black (passing) and Newton Tudreu are not on show as often, writes Peter Lampp.

OPINION: It has been a pain in recent years tripping along to watch Manawatu club rugby matches when so many of the best players aren't on show.

Moral issues sidetrack drone-strike movie

Helen Mirren as Colonel Powell in Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky is a movie for anyone fascinated with drones.

Masters of the middleground

Prime Minister John Key is the master of the middleground, keeping both moderates and conservatives happy.

OPINION: National are appeasing the Right with minimum effort.

OPINION: Politicians' travel expenses food for thought

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce spent nearly $800 on a steakhouse meal for him and four others while in Houston.

OPINION: As good as a $100 steak sounds, it's got to be tough for the New Zealand public to swallow. 

OPINION: Sellers' claim to fame was a milestone for our nation

Veteran New Zealand sports broadcaster Peter Sellers at home in Dunedin in 2013.

OPINION: Peter Sellers is dead.  Of course he is, you might think.  Never that physically robust, Sellers' health didn't really recover from a series of heart attacks suffered whilst filming Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid in 1964.  

Ringworm - highly contagious, but easily treated

Ringworm is very contagious and often all the animals in a litter will be affected.

OPINION: It's a bit like an early Xmas every day at the pet hospital lately.

Burundi: The next genocide?

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza.

OPINION: The good news is that the killing in Burundi has not yet grown into a civil war.

Nothing beats an underdog like Eddie Edwards

Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton in Eddie the Eagle.

OPINION: Any kids who have been rudely told they will never make it at sport could do worse than go see the Eddie the Eagle movie.

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