Opinion

Investing in science matters

flock hill farm

OPINION: As I write this I do not know the shape or form of our next government.

Key's triumph no small achievement

John Key

OPINION: The verdict from New Zealanders could not have been more clear.

Referendum does not solve wider ills

Campaigners for an independent Scotland will have to wait for another chance to free the country from the bosom of Mother England.

The business of enslaving hearts

mike o'donnell MOD

OPINION: Apple has a freakish ability to deliver irresistible goodness we don't yet know we want.

The election that taste forgot

John Key

It's wonderful to be so popular. Isn't it?

Golf fix not on flat screen

Golf ball sits on the edge of hole.

OPINION: Outsiders appear to be messing with our sports TV viewing when they would do well to leave alone.

Targeting school teachers unfair

A teacher writes on a blackboard

Teachers are back in the firing line, this time for supposedly failing to inspire pupils on to tertiary education.

Third time lucky for Legends

Palmerston North's The Square

JANINE RANKIN - Manawatu Standard

Sometimes, good decisions take time.

Tararua schools flourishing

Papatawa school

Rural schools are often the heart of their communities and it's tragic whenever they are forced to fold.

Labour fails to woo voters

LABOUR LEADER: David Cunliffe.

There will be successful Labour prime ministers in the future. Some of them will even go on to become enduringly popular statesmen.

No bombshell, just questions

Kim Dotcom

OPINION: For months journalists and political observers have had September 15 circled on their calendars.

Welcome to mediocrity, population: one beer

Snow

I did not expect much from Snow, but I could not have begun to imagine how it would impact me.

Valuing our vote is worthwhile

vote

There are a couple of popular sayings that sometimes come up around election time.

Safety goes beyond compliance

ntm-cross

In a legal sense the Palmerston North City Council's safety audit of the Ferguson St pedestrian crossing was proficient.

Winston plays 'Guess Who?'

winston peters

OPINION: Winston Peters is likely to choose who our next prime minister, but voting for him is gamble.

Market forces run amok

Station Farmers market

Nothing dashes the communal spirit of a produce or farmers' market quite like a dour dose of capitalism.

Roof plans just grandstanding?

arena manawatu

Most encouraging it is to see the Palmerston North City Council acknowledges there is a need for a covered grandstand on the embankment side of the oval at Arena Manawatu.

Hone reopens the lunchbox

Hone Harawira

MATTHEW DALLAS ACTING EDITOR - Manawatu Standard

By challenging his political opponents to pledge support for Mana Party's Feed the Kids legislation, Hone Harawira has shrewdly positioned the bill as a litmus test on both child poverty and the various parties' keenness to tackle it.

A case for optimism

John Key

OPINION: Don't despair - despite noxious effluent in the form of hip-hop, not all politicians are dirty.

Scotland's historic vote

OPINION: After more than 300 years as part of the UK, Scotland could be days away from independence.

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