OPINION: If state houses now are too big, too small or in the wrong place, how will they be more desirable under new ownership?
OPINION: It's appalling how a Taranaki columnist was targeted after she mocked a Federated Farmers official.
OPINION: The Sensible Sentencing Trust is pressing for "home invasion" to be established as a specific offence with a mandatory 10-year minimum jail term.
OPINION: Another horror holiday road toll, another round of national angst about foreign drivers.
OPINION: Economic forecast heralds good and bad news.
OPINION: The FMA's strategic risk outlook lists seven priorities that directs the authority's work in licensing, supervision, compliance and enforcement.
OPINION: Any time is a long time to wait without water when there is no information from council on a pending shut down.
Concerns about the affordability of houses have been rekindled by a new report.
OPINION: More improvement is called for when one in nine working-age Kiwis lack the means to independently support themselves.
OPINION: Correction - a poll of New Plymouth citizens has not taken place that might even confirm that the majority does not want fluoride in the water.
OPINION: There are a few tell-tale signs leading me to the conclusion that dairy farmers are very close to the brink.
OPINION: Foreign Minister Murray McCully was talking tough last Monday.
OPINION: I'm not a big believer in New Year's resolutions. If you want to achieve something go and do it, any time of the year, I reckon.
OPINION: The country's 32 primary health organisations, funded through district health boards, must work with community groups, public health service providers and regional public health units to plan and deliver health promotion programmes.
The brutal murders committed by terrorists on Wednesday of last week during the Paris attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly, were a nightmarishly extreme and bloody form of censorship.
OPINION: It's always difficult coming back to work after a break and the small team at Unreported is not immune
OPINION: The speed limit is 100kmh and an overtaking lane is provided to allow vehicles to pass others travelling below that speed.
OPINION: Court proceedings are being delayed thanks to a law change around sentencing.
OPINION: Police Minister is asking police to review the public messages they issued during the contentious summer road safety campaign.
OPINION: I would just like to say what a great time my family and I had at the Oakura Beach Carnival this year.
OPINION: Instinctive reactions to the killing of several Charlie Hebdo staff and two policemen in Paris last week were to denounce the gunmen and defend the satirical magazine's exercise of its freedom of expression.
OPINION: Je suis Charlie.
OPINION: Calling New Plymouth shabby defies all logic.
OPINION: It has been interesting watching from the sidelines as prospective candidates line up.
OPINION: New Zealand is not among the world-beaters when it comes to alcohol consumption.
OPINION: Police's 'stupid' zero tolerance campaign has 'utterly failed' and needs to be scrapped, says Duncan Garner.
OPINION: Bowel cancer is no less sinister than terrorism, but the odds of it striking are greater.
Readers in the Taranaki region have their say on local issues.
Is the lower oil price simply cyclical, or is there a major oil war going on, asks Gwynne Dyer?
OPINION: Prospects for the dairy sector were looking a tad better yesterday.
OPINION: Tsunami devastation, floods and civil war rifts all forgotten when master batsman plays.
OPINION: Readers pen their thoughts on issues facing Taranaki.
OPINION: There is no rhyme or reason to how people will respond to others in need.
Milton Friedman believed - and still believes - in what is called "trickle down economics", the idea that when rich people get richer, some of their wealth trickles down to poor people.
Police gave ample warning they would have no tolerance for motorists just over the speed limit during the festive season.
OPINION: Youths rioting in Gisborne weren't even protesting. Will 2015 be the year we notice climate change?
OPINION: It seems society no longer sees honesty as normal behaviour these days.
OPINION: Yesterday we named our Taranaki Daily News Person of the Year.
OPINION: The drink-driving message appears to finally be getting through to Kiwis.
The year 2014 was a good one for New Zealand but a combustible one for the world.
You don't have to tell me. I hear you all groan
This Christmas marks a special anniversary: It is 200 years since the first sermon was preached on a Christmas morning in Oihi Bay by a Pakeha priest to a Maori nation.
OPINION: We have checked and it's still there. In fact, it's quite a pleasant shade of blue, with just a smudge of off-white to keep things warm, but not unbearably so. Yes, we can report that the sky has not fallen.
OPINION: Four out of five Kiwis aged 15 or over drink alcohol. It is entrenched in our culture.
A Christmas Day radio news item last year focused essentially on what people would eat or had already eaten.
New Plymouth District councillors have "called for an investigation into using water meters to reduce water use".
I knew a guy many years ago who shared his unique take on Christmas with me.
OPINION: The Key Government has spent $1-1.4 billion on corporate welfare since the 2007/2008 budget, according to the Taxpayers' Union.
OPINION: It's that time of year again. A time to reflect on the year and, for me, those who definitely shaped it for better. Not worse.
A day rarely goes by without news of methamphetamine manufacture and use in NZ.
Does more need to be done to protect NZ passports?