Crying wolf with TPP conspiracy theories

Thousands of people gathered in Auckland's CBD to protest against the signing of the TPP at Sky City.

OPINION: Aesop told of a shepherd boy who thought it would be funny to scare the villagers by crying out that a wolf was attacking his flock.

Zika virus: Don't panic

Researchers are working on a vaccine to the mosquito-bourne virus Zika, and in due course, will come up with one, Gwynne Dyer writes.

OPINION: Zika, the mosquito-borne virus spreading through the Americas is just the latest new disease to spread panic around the world.

State interferes with the naming of babies

Breakers player Tai Wesley with wife Chyna and son Major.

OPINION: The difficulties experienced by basketball player Tai Wesley in the naming of his firstborn son awoke old memories.

Garner: Idle hands and teen deaths

Duncan Garner says bored teens in small towns can lead to fatal consequences.

COMMENT: There's an old saying that idle hands are the devil's workshop.

Europe's symbol of unity under theat

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls with Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (left) and Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas, address a joint news conference after a meeting to find a common front on security challenges at Val Duchesse castle in Brussels, Belgium.

OPINION: “Europe has forgotten that history is fundamentally tragic,” said Manuel Valls, the French prime minister.

Dallas: Well-timed people's champ

John Scott leaves the ice with his daughter after winning MVP following the championship game of the 2016 NHL All Star Game at Bridgestone Arena.

OPINION: A sporting underdog story emerged this week, just when fans needed one.

OPINION: Higgins sale causes concern

A Higgins worker sealing part of the riverside walkway access in Palmerston North.

OPINION: When Irish immigrant Dan Higgins started his small contracting company in Manawatu in the 1950s, he probably never imagined it would evolve into the industry powerhouse it is today.

It's clear - the Wellington sevens have run their race

The stands at the Wellington sevens were far from full.

OPINION: Everything has its use-by date and maybe time's up for Wellington and the international rugby sevens.

Twenty years ago in Palmy

The opening of Palmerston North's City Library was one of the achievements of this year in history, 1996.

OPINION: Trees, a second bridge, and wastewater disposal were among the issues making headlines 20 years ago.

Is New Zealand a corrupt country?

Despite dropping a couple of spots, New Zealand remains one the least corrupt countries in the world.

OPINION: Talk of New Zealand being corrupt is beyond ridiculous.

Flexible principles help Key, while Labour continues to flounder

Duncan Garner says people want news 24/7, and NewsHub will give it to them.

OPINION: How on earth can Labour beat John Key?

Qualifications don't mean money

Ngatokotoru Puna, the nephew of Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna, said he would struggle to pay back the student debt.

OPINION: The arrest of Ngatokotoru Puna over his $130,000 student loan has sent shivers up the spine of many and stoked the indignation of countless others.  

Pill change has potential

Contraceptives. The Pill. Chat Room

OPINION: The news that the contraceptive pill may become available to women over the pharmacy counter could be good news, but only if the right groups are in mind.

OPINION: Debts should be repaid

Ngatokotoru Puna, the nephew of Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna, said he would struggle to pay back the student debt.

The arrest of Ngatokotoru Puna was as much a PR stunt as it was a genuine attempt to enforce a law change that has given authorities greater powers to detain student loan debtors.

Old rugby adversary had valid opinions

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 24: Scott Scrafton (L) of Auckland is yellow carded by Referee Ben O'Keeffe during the ITM Cup Premiership Final between Canterbury and Auckland at AMI Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

OPINION: Old-school opinions about rugby from yesteryear still ring true today.

OPINION: Repeat offenders need attention

Fewer people are being convicted of drink-driving after lower limits were brought in.

OPINION: It is encouraging to see the number of convictions for drink driving offences in the Manawatu region have dropped, though it appears we still have a serious issue with repeat offenders being caught behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

How a bizarre song became a hit

How Bizarre: Pauly Fuemana and the Song that Stormed the World, by Simon Grigg.

I replayed the video of How Bizarre a few days ago, just to remind myself what all the fuss was about.

Much love for Trump

Touting his business credentials, former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump.

It seems strange that Sarah Palin would endorse Donald Trump.

Garner: It's time to cut the crap

Duncan Garner says it's time to cut the crap on 'voluntary' donations - and start funding schools properly.

OPINION: The idea of a free education is an oxymoron peddled by moron politicians.

What's stopping predatory talk?

Julien Blanc, from controversial pick-up artists group Real Social Dynamics, was deported from Australia in 2014 after he promoted the choking of women.

A group of seduction specialists are no longer bringing their mysoginistc lessons to our shores, but the question remains whether immigration could have done much to halt the tour. 

Winiata key to Manawatu's crown

Selica Winiata breaking free to score a try during while playing for New Zealand against USA in the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2014.

OPINION: You can never tire of watching Selica Winiata turning on her calypso skills.

Second class tenants no more

Palmerston North Massey student Olivia Nitschke had no interest in living in a rundown flat. It needed to tidy, clean and a "more modern place".

OPINION: There's no pride in living rough and students are finally wising up.

Themes that echo through time

The old RSA building survived the pressures of the 1980s to flourish as an anchor activity for Little Cuba.

RANKIN FILES: What city councillors were talking about 30 years ago.

Politics goes pop

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has learned much from US President Barack Obama on courting the entertainment media.

OPINION: It's not what you can do in politics that matters, but how you sell it.

Big Short is a warning to gullible investors

Steve Carell, left, and Ryan Gosling are two of the big names that star in The Big Short, a film about the American housing crash in 2007-08.

REVIEW: The Big Short

Quit the anti-Baby Boomer rhetoric

05062012 NEWS SUPPLIED/Taranaki Daily News. Rachel Stewart. Riding Shotgun Columnist. Opinion, File.

OPINION: A new sport is beginning to emerge on social media and it's starting to get on my ta-tas.

Bowie's wacky side

David Bowie performs on stage during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain April 20, 1992. Some of his stranger achievements are also worth remembering.

OPINION: David Bowie had his un-hip moments too. Let's list them.

We live in the lucky country

Cape Reinga is a jewel in the crown for New Zealand, says Duncan Garner.

OPINION: The good the bad and ugly in New Zealand

Deterrent to transparency

There is nothing very special about what MPs do that requires any greater protection than that which is already available under the OIA.

OPINION: Transparency tricky enough to glean without price-tags on information.

The pointy end

A dog named Blitzen, rescued by Humane Society International (HSI) from a dog meat farm in South Korea, awaits transport to a local shelter in order to be adopted in Washington, December 14, 2015. Twenty-six rescued dogs were divided among five Emergency Placement Partner shelters in the Washington area to find their new homes. HSI is working to reduce the dog meat trade in Asia, including in South Korea where dogs are farmed for the trade. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Hooter, beak, schnoze, snorer? And there can be a few bright red ones around at this time of year. The Nose!

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