MATTHEW DALLAS DEPUTY EDITOR - Manawatu Standard
The Government's report on Manawatu's economic strengths provides comfort in its predictability, but also irritation in the sense that we're getting strung along.
It's July. That means mid-winter for most of us, Dry July for some of you, and for PNCC a month off from meetings.
OPINION: It's a funny old world we live in.
After Labour was humbled in the 2011 election the party's Rangitikei candidate had some advice for the party.
David Cunliffe hasn't done much in the past week to show he should be the man trusted to lead the country.
LIAM HEHIR - Manawatu Standard
OPINION: Last week seems to have been the week for apologies.
The heir to the Maori throne has escaped conviction on burglary and theft charges due to his royal pedigree, but shouldn't his behaviour have already sunk his ascension?
OPINION: After losing an entire plane, the Malaysians have managed to make NZs official look even more inept than themselves.
OPINION: Why are secondary school pupils being trained like professionals, asks Hadyn Jones.
OPINION: Gaining the reputation of "swing seat" is the political equivalent of being named captain of school rugby team.
OPINION: Two books arrived this week which would be hard-pressed to be equalled online.
Four days into the Malaysian diplomat scandal, neither Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully nor Prime Minister John Key has yet offered a reasonable explanation - which is what the New Zealand public deserves.
MICHAEL CUMMINGS EDITOR - Manawatu Standard
Rolf Harris' spectacular fall from grace, completed this week when he was convicted of a raft of sex offences against girls and young women, is yet another chapter in a broader story.
OPINION: Police dislike the term "cold case" being attached to investigations that go unresolved for long periods of time.
OPINION: This will be my last column in the Manawatu Standard.
OPINION: The announcement of a tax increase to 36c shows a softened stance and should woo voters.
OPINION: The really interesting party conference may not be the one that's just gone but the one that lies ahead.
OPINION: Sport Manawatu chief executive Trevor Shailer clearly had his heart in the right place when he said the proposed Legends of Sport plaques were a way to provide the region's young people with hope and inspiration.
OPINION: So the new book on John Key reveals his toughest time as prime minister was the teapot tape saga.
OPINION: Mall owners should rethink their threshold for pushy sales tactics.
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