Garner: Can the Canes finally do it after 20 years?

Will Conrad Smith and Ma'a Nonu have a fairytale ending to their time in the Hurricanes jersey?

OPINION: I've waited nearly 20 long and painful years to write this.

Unfit car an 'aggravating' factor


OPINION: Three months in jail seems soft for teen who moved body, given the state of the car.

What Manawatu means to me

Manawatu business woman Suzie Johnson with husband Kiwi, setting up their Oosh shop.

OPINION: Oosh Shop founder Suzie Johnson lists 11 reasons why she loves the Manawatu.

Happiness is a short commute

Looking out over Mike West's beloved Palmerston North.

OPINION: Mike West shares his love of Manawatu and his mellow drive to work each day.

Commuter rail service back from the brink

The Capital Connection commuter train at Palmerston North train station.

OPINION: If the Capital Connection saga were a movie character it would be Rocky Balboa, the perennial underdog, often staggering but somehow able to evade a knockout punch.

Time Super conference system was disbanded

New Zealand teams have dominated Super Rugby this season, including the Highlanders, who thrashed the Waratahs in the semifinal in Sydney on Saturday.

OPINION: This Super Rugby conference format should be kicked into touch.

Sport integral to our character and identity

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Rugby -   Home Final  -   Turbos (Palmerston North) vs Magpies (Hawkes Bay)  - FMG Stadium, PN   - Rob Foreman's 100th game brings his children, Nixon, Mac and Tova onto the field pre game.

OPINION: In a nation that has a strong thread of its identify defined by sporting involvement and prowess, it is inevitable that this domain of experience and expression is embedded within the nation's provinces. 

Our region needs to grow better, not bigger

Visitors enjoy the view from the Manawatu Gorge track.

OPINION: The reason we choose to live here is our lifestyle.  We love our morning commute - all five minutes of it.

A case for coat-tailing and 5 per cent threshold

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OPINION: A bid by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway to change the electoral system failed last week.

Shane and Nerida make giant leap on DWTS

It was a giant leap of faith for Shane Cameron to offer his broad shoulders to Nerida on Sunday night.

Great place where great people live

Steve Maharey

OPINION: Let me start with a romantic story. My wife is American by birth. When we first met some nine years ago she was comfortably set up in Mission Bay Auckland. 

Let the river of potential flow

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Manawatu Standard city council reporter Janine Rankin takes in the Manawatu river side walk from the Fitzherbert Bridge.

OPINION: Despite curling through Palmerston North like a green ribbon, it can be easy to forget the Manawatu River.

Devices have stolen my life, my wife

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Duncan Garner which is to go with the TV Week Screen Test for Tuesday 22 Jan.

OPINION: I start with a confession – I'm as guilty as sin on this one. My wife is too.

Daily flights good for everyone

Picking winners isn't such a winner for Sunsuper

OPINION: There were some who guffawed at the idea of a Nelson to Palmerston North flight service being a drawcard for our friends in the south.

History sometimes does repeat

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OPINION: A recent foray into the files in search of historical notes about the significance of securing UCOL as a key player in Palmerston North's central business district turned rogue.

No more encores for Corkery

REVIEW: Pam Corkery can't escape the noose in fourth week of DWTS.

Support crucial during floods


OPINION: The floodwaters that ravaged the lower and central North Island at the weekend created plenty of misery for the people living in affected areas, including many who suffered through the disastrous 2004 floods.

Conservative confusion over leadership

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Colin Craig's leadership of the Conservative Party, which he founded and funded, seems to be coming to a confused and badly handled terminus.

Reputation vital for Manawatu’s development

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Rainbow over the square on friday afternoon.

OPINION: Boosting Manawatu's reputation in national and international markets should be the main focus of any super agency created to lead the region's tourism and economic development.

Garner: Parents should be in dock

Dairy owner Arun Kumar, 57, was stabbed to death at his Auckland dairy.

OPINION: There's an issue that has more than bugged me all week - it’s made me bloody angry.

You think sheep are dumb?

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OPINION: Don't believe anyone who tells you that sheep are dumb. It's only a dumb person who says such rot.

Jetstar a welcome arrival for Manawatu

Jetstar is considering flying to NZ regional destinations.

OPINION: Whether or not Jetstar selects Palmerston North as one of its regional centres will be an intriguing litmus test on the state of the Manawatu economy, and its potential.

Young's dental disdain is parents' shame

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Dentist at the Hornby Dental Clinic Andrea Cayford (L) and dental assistant Lorraine Lee with Emily Long during a free dental day for low income adults.

OPINION: When blood and pus appear in the same sentence, rest assured my attention is held. Put these two visceral substances in my mouth and you can be certain I will make a bee line to a dentist's chair. It is alarming this is not the case for everyone.

Main event too brief at boxing bonanza

Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker, right, made mincemeat of German Yakup Saglam in their bout at Arena Manawatu on Saturday.

OPINION: Joseph Parker made very short work of Saturday's main event

Concept versus reality

House of the Year judges visit Millwater

OPINION: Has National solved Auckland's housing crisis by thinking outside of the box?

Hearing highlights alcohol issues


OPINION: Banning minors from entering bottle stores even under parental supervision may have been a double standard,

DWTS turns into a farce

The third week of Dancing with the Stars left Peter Lampp shaking his head.

OPINION: Dancing with the Stars so lost its cred on Monday night with Colin Mathura-Jeffree and Kristie Williams cruelly rumbled.

Housing WOF unlikely to have desired effect

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 13:  Dr Nick Smith, the Minister for Building and Housing announces the decision by the Hobsonville Land Company to bring forward the development of 1000 new homes at Hobsonville Point on June 13, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. These homes would not have been available until 2019 on the previous schedule, but will now help address Aucklands urgent housing need.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

OPINION: I would unreservedly support a law change mandating stringent performance standards for rented properties provided that the following section is included in the legislation:

Crunch time for Jay Jay

The Dancing With The Stars judges Stefano Olivieri, Candy Lane and Hayley Holt.

REVIEW: Jay Jay Harvey enacted one of the most spectacular crashes in any of the four DWTS.

Emotional moment for Doyle

Palmerston North Boys' High School rector David Bovey, right, awards a new first XV cap to 1985 player Phil Doyle.

The 1985 Palmerston North first XV reunion was an emotional one on Saturday.

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