OPINION: In announcing he was quitting politics at the next election, John Banks said the ACT Party was in need of a "circuit breaker".
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OPINION: When I was a boy growing up in a small Hawke's Bay town, every household would receive a free weekly guide to the films showing at the local picture theatre.
OPINION: In just a few years, reliable internet access has gone from becoming a luxury for some, to a necessity for most.
OPINION: Federated Farmers surprised some people by welcoming Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright's report, Water quality in New Zealand: Land use and nutrient pollution.
OPINION: The Christchurch East by-election delivered a comprehensive victory to Labour candidate Poto Williams, but immediately raises a more pressing question: what does it mean for next year's general election?
OPINION: National was handed a comprehensive election victory for its policies that included asset sales.
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OPINION: The people of Palmerston North took the best approach possible when the controversial Lundy Three Hundy crawled into the city on Saturday morning.
A powerful message was sent in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday to all those who would stand silently by while a child is abused: you will be severely punished for your inaction.
OPINION: Since Sunday, the media have been full of predictions of confrontation and crisis.
OPINION: The Parole Board has often been criticised for letting criminals out of prison before they've served their full term.
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OPINION: The latest release of Ministry of Health targets for district health boards made for grim reading in Manawatu.
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OPINION: The police boldly announced they would be enforcing a lower speeding tolerance throughout December and January to curb the road toll.
OPINION: With the All Blacks completing the first perfect season of the professional era, the debate around whether they are the greatest New Zealand team of all time has reached fever pitch.
OPINION: Another day, another dire report for dairying and its impact on the environment.
OPINION: What the families of the dead miners are going through is no different from what dozens of Kiwi families suffer every year as a result of more mundane workplace deaths.
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OPINION: The internet has provided untold new opportunities for self-expression, and new pitfalls for those trying to protect their reputation.
OPINION: A noticeable lifting of the veil of secrecy shrouding the country's courtrooms since the introduction of tighter name suppression guidelines is a positive step towards much-needed transparency in our justice system.
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The big news of the week is that China's one-child policy is being relaxed. The reality, however, is that it will make very little difference.
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OPINION: Teachers and pupils contend with enough without having to deal with ‘sexting', camera recordings of fights and bullying, and the threatening use of social media.
Hoopla should not distract from the shame of the Government's artful-dodger act.