Fighting a losing battle with the bottle

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

New ways of squeezing lemon

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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

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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.

Rage against the machine

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OPINION: Given how little can be bought for $1.50 these days, Telecom could perhaps be forgiven for thinking it a small price to pay for human contact.

World champs not always No 1


OPINION: Too much weighting is accorded to the winners of World Cups, in all sports.

Course cutting strangely abrupt


There appears to have been distinct lack of communication in Department of Corrections' dumping of course.

Great country tainted

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OPINION: All this makes it doubly hard to comprehend the hideous events that regularly cause America to convulse.

Saving face


OPINION: Countdown management have gone from zero to hero in the space of 24 hours.

Big on aspiration but low on details

Lake Horowhenua

As far as visions go it's a nice one.

How real is cowmageddon?

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Being the new president of Federated Farmers, I want to ensure our discussions are informed by the facts, no matter how unpalatable they may be.

Bias in the eye of the beholder

OPINION: Why don't I write more columns about how well Labour is doing at the moment?

Olympian's brave legacy

Ian Thorpe


OPINION: Olympic swimming legend Ian Thorpe can be forgiven for being unsure about publicly announcing his homosexuality if the recent slurs from a fellow Australian broadcaster are an example of how these issues are treated by the sporting fraternity.

'Party vote only' logical tactic


In the 2011 election campaign a certain fence spoke volumes about how elections work under MMP.

Inside the mind of a stalker

Glenn Green

OPINION: Glenn Green and police say he is the country's most dangerous stalker and seems he's interested in stalking me.

Little thought given to complainant

Tania Billingsley

OPINION: Now there is a face to the Malaysian diplomat scandal, the Government's run-for-cover tactics seem all the more shameful.

Growth study may appease critics

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce

OPINION: 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.

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