Growth study may appease critics


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.

July meetings break, not holiday

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.

Absurd logic in Maori King case

Korotangi Paki

OPINION: It's a funny old world we live in.

Vote positive is good start

Labour leader David Cunliffe and finance spokesman David Parker

After Labour was humbled in the 2011 election the party's Rangitikei candidate had some advice for the party.

Cunliffe part of confused culture

david cunliffe

David Cunliffe hasn't done much in the past week to show he should be the man trusted to lead the country.

Apologies come thick and fast

David Cunliffe

LIAM HEHIR - Manawatu Standard

OPINION: Last week seems to have been the week for apologies.

Royal treatment undeserving

Korotangi Paki

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?

McCully's explanation and Mallard's moa

OPINION: After losing an entire plane, the Malaysians have managed to make NZs official look even more inept than themselves.

The wrong track

rugby ball generic

OPINION: Why are secondary school pupils being trained like professionals, asks Hadyn Jones.

Leaders come out 'swinging'

Iain Lees-Galloway

OPINION: Gaining the reputation of "swing seat" is the political equivalent of being named captain of school rugby team.

Book some time to absorb this

OPINION: Two books arrived this week which would be hard-pressed to be equalled online.

Diplomatic answers not good enough

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.

Harris' conviction won't be the last

rolf harris


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.

Heat goes back on cold case

Brett Hall

OPINION: Police dislike the term "cold case" being attached to investigations that go unresolved for long periods of time.

Farming sector in good heart

Bruce Wills

OPINION: This will be my last column in the Manawatu Standard.

Labour makes a clever move


OPINION: The announcement of a tax increase to 36c shows a softened stance and should woo voters.

Labour struggles to look like government

david cunliffe

OPINION: The really interesting party conference may not be the one that's just gone but the one that lies ahead.

Give the plaques a sporting chance

Trevor Shailer

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.

Story behind PM's darkest days

duncan garner

OPINION: So the new book on John Key reveals his toughest time as prime minister was the teapot tape saga.

Skincare vultures shooed away

Dead Sea

OPINION: Mall owners should rethink their threshold for pushy sales tactics.

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