Big fish Brownlee let off the hook

Gerry Brownlee

Prime minister was never going to offer Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee a ticket to the back benches.

Punishing cheats only a partial fix


Players, punters and politicians will applaud the progress of anti-match fixing legislation.

Killjoy Craig strikes again

OPINION: Despite his party's relevance fading by the hour, Colin Craig was given another 15 minutes in the spotlight.

Fogeys gave Roy Williams grief

New Zealand at Commonwealth Games

OPINION: In part, Roy Williams' just-released autobiography makes disturbing reading.

MMP coat-tailing rule a farce

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Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has been the centre of much intrigue and attention.

Politics as the new religion

US President Barack Obama

Scientists say the human instinct for religion is so strong that it can never actually be eradicated.

Tomorrow's world an udder day


There are non-dairy choices around, if that rocks your boat.

List rankings offer no safety nets

Jono Naylor

OPINION: The two men vying to be the MP for Palmerston North could be without safety nets come September 20.

Blaming your beer-making tools


Whoops, we burnt the porridge - of sorts.

Championing a cultural treasure

te reo

OPINION: Pakeha often feel intimidated by Maori culture and language. We're afraid of making mistakes and being mocked for it.

Native tongue has place in classroom

te reo

OPINION: There is likely to be staunch opposition to calls to make teaching te reo compulsory in schools.

Well done for playing the game

Valerie Adams in the Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games seem to be lower key than they were in the past.

No exemptions in smokefree mandate


On first impression, moves to ban smoking from its last bastion at Palmerston North Hospital seem a bit pedantic.

Fighting a losing battle with the bottle

alcohol generic

Police and MidCentral DHB take their fight against harmful effects of alcohol to the shop floor.

New ways of squeezing lemon

jono naylor

OPINION: Finally, some smart New Zealand financial brains are turning their attention to local body rates.

Dotcom should drop 'bombshell' now

If Kim Dotcom was genuinely concerned about democratic transparency he'd reveal his information at the earliest opportunity.

Putin can't avoid responsibility


OPINION: One of the saddest realities of war is that innocent people get caught in the crossfire.

Myths around election spending

coins money new zealand kiwi

Actual results challenge the belief that money and election results are linked.

Shifting treats no solution


A British supermarket's decision to remove sweets from checkout lanes are struggling to gain traction in New Zealand.

We're more porn star than rock star

Duncan Garner

OPINION: Rock star economy? More like a one-hit wonder at best.

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Opinion poll

The lower drink-driving limits from December are:

Great - too much carnage on our roads.

Overkill - targets moderate drinkers, not the heavies

Still too little - make it zero tolerance.

Sensible - punishment is in line with lesser breaches of limit.

Vote Result

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