Tied tap arrangements have been going on for a long time, but that does not make them right.
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.
I can see why Hamilton is often given major rugby fixtures these days, and why Palmerston North seems to be on the backburner.
Here is a plan to improve voter turnout at local body elections - or maybe not.
OPINION: US Republican John Boehner has seemingly forgotten his own party's contribution to the growth of global terrorism.
OPINION: It seems Labour has never had weaker voter appeal than it does today, but political parties have come back from worse.
OPINION: No-one wins if our major centres of population, influence and financial power are performing so poorly.
Any positives to come out of Labour's post-election meltdown will be the result of honest communication.
OPINION: The chickens will definitely be coming home to roost under National's third term.
OPINION: It's beyond doubt that Labour's caucus doesn't like David Cunliffe. Voters don't either.
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.
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.
What an extraordinary election campaign. And what an extraordinary result.
Election might not have delivered on moment of truth but did provide several moments of fear and loathing.
I planned to spend election night keeping an eye on things while doing some other work.
The national government might look pretty much the same but there have been a handful of changes at your Manawatu Standard.
OPINION: As I write this I do not know the shape or form of our next government.
OPINION: The verdict from New Zealanders could not have been more clear.
Campaigners for an independent Scotland will have to wait for another chance to free the country from the bosom of Mother England.
OPINION: Apple has a freakish ability to deliver irresistible goodness we don't yet know we want.
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