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Why does life have to be so complicated these days?

Government sticks head in sand

We ranked better than Australia, on the Climate Change Performance Index.

New talent gets its chance

OPINION: The Christmas holidays have arrived and cricket is in full swing.

Letters: No respect

So to rub salt into the wound the heavy metal band Bulletbelt issue "limited edition T-shirt features a likeness of Seekers singer Judith Durham crying tears of blood while another band member attempts to fend off the Grim Reaper with a ukulele".

Spy powers can't keep us safe

OPINION: The hostage crisis in Sydney has brought the threat of terrorism close to home.

Letters: Cuts need explaining

In today's paper we once again see scaremongering from the council about cutting amenities from the budget to keep rate rises in check at 3 per cent.

Human values are the heart of Christmas

The television news has told me Christmas is in trouble this year.

Council's watershed day

OPINION: Having put the cat among the pigeons by cajoling his council to back Maori wards, New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd suggested a fairer format would be a 50-50 split.

Letters: Money wasted

How appropriate that the climate protesters had their heads in the sand at Back Beach.

Morality applies equally

OPINION: Human rights and justice tend to be nudged aside when the Government is forging economic relationships with much bigger countries.

Now the third-term blues

OPINION: This week John Key confirmed he definitely plans to stand for a fourth term in 2017.

Audit a positive step

OPINION: An estimated 10% of productive NZ land is in foreign hands.

Climate targets constantly moving

New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions are small - just 0.15% - in global terms.

Letters: Thank you note

Thanks to the Taranaki community for the warm welcome and assistance given to our Defence Force personnel during Exercise Kiwi Koru in November.

Houwers quits just as doors begin to open

OPINION: I worked all week on this column, going above and far beyond the call of duty, even enduring a traffic stop by a New Zealand's Next Traffic Police Chief cunningly disguised as a highway patrolman to get the inside story.

Houwers: a quitter or a martyr?

OPINION: Len Houwers' decision to quit the New Plymouth District Council last week was met with a largely supportive response from the online brigade.

Letters: Land farm response

The Landcare Research report is not an endorsement of the Regional Council's land farming activities and neither does it give the all-clear to TRC consent conditions.

Visiting bird nirvana - where they still sing

New Zealanders experienced mild shock a few weeks back when seagulls were added to threatened species lists, right beside the kiwi and the kakapo.

Overdose of propaganda

Kevin Hague has been striving to nudge the Government into agreeing that Katherine Rich has acted improperly while serving as a member of the Health Promotion Agency's board.

We're in for a fight - maybe

OPINION: Are New Zealand defence personnel already preparing for deployment to Iraq?

Squeals of self-interest

Surely this is the most ridiculous and offensive statistic this week: The Wellington region currently has 95 councillors.

Unreported: Cut that out

Road Trip hijinks not x-rated, reporter snapped test-driving a brand-new unwarranted car, rates savings go down the drain and John Key visits somewhere he might fit in.

Little's 'Future of Work' a good start

Labour leader Andrew Little has outlined what he described as "a signature piece of work" for the parliamentary Labour Party over the next two years.

Letters: A treaty for all

The great thing about the Treaty of Waitangi is that it guaranteed equality of rights for all New Zealanders

Letters: Waitara leases

This is a big issue for Waitara, as one in three homes are on leasehold sections and the average income is $16,000 to $17,000 a year, less tax.

Sordid case leaves three in a shadow

On November 7, 2013 we reported two New Plymouth teenagers had pleaded not guilty to the rape and sexual assault of a young woman at a party at Oakura.

Good reason for road laws

Saving lives, not revenue gathering

OPINION: Traffic cop who frequently attends fatal crashes replies to letter which claims road laws are "revenue gathering at its worst".

Letter: When it goes wrong

Traffic cop makes no apologies for tickets when the consequences of the offences can be so horrific.

Tide turns as dairy prices fall

OPINION: We have a phlegmatic minister of finance who says the economy is in "pretty good shape" even though up to $6b won't flow into it because of the fall in dairy prices.

Fear derives from labelling other peoples

OPINION: What are you so afraid of? the elderly black man said to the young white reporter on the news yesterday.

Labour questions miss mark

Fresh from taking up the job of finance spokesman, Labour's Grant Robertson last week focused his parliamentary questions on the Government's Budget deficit.

Letters: Action needed

Action needed With STDC management now pleading guilty to a serious breach [over the Eltham buttermilk issue] and being heavily fined, four facts are obvious.

Treaty guarantees a place for Maori

I wanted to work for the Waitangi Tribunal driven by a simple desire to help correct the wrongs of the past and achieve justice for my people.

Lessons to learn from escape

OPINION: Phillip John Smith was locked up this weekend - and prison authorities need to ensure he stays that way.

Abuse message vital

White Ribbon Day has been described as the largest effort by men across the world to end men's violence against women.

Unreported: Hawera on the map

In other unexpected news Taranaki Daily News staff had a chance encounter with the rarest of things yesterday - a smiling Graham Henry.

Letters: Food for thought

Food for thought Firstly, may I congratulate Greg Hull on his initiative fundraising for all Taranaki foodbanks. It is very commendable.

PM blind to staff's shabby politicking

One aspect of the inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, is done and dusted.

New leader's limited options

The political pundits were given plenty to ponder when Labour leader Andrew Little announced his lineup.

Bolivian leader's magnificent fight for social justice

Christmas is a month away today and if that thought fills you with dread at all the things which need to be remembered before they can be done, join my club.

Letters: Self-belief works

I'd like to park a whole new Lamborghini amidst ideas being mooted around our district's future.

Teachers at odds over reforms

Hekia Parata says PPTA's voting in new teaching roles another significant step forward for govt initiative.

Time to look beyond dam spin

OPINION: If GWRC ever thinks this Wairarapa dam is going to be easy, it needs a cup of tea and a lie down.

Heart will remain in Taranaki

Braunias bids a fond farewell to the Daily News

This is my last column for the Daily News. One day I'll look back on my decision to quit, and regret it.

Most likely to get surplus of excuses

OPINION: Finance Minister Bill English, long set on getting the books back into surplus in 2014-15, was obviously delighted with this year's Budget projections.

Time to prove himself

A bunch of faceless union hacks chose Andrew Little to lead the Labour Party this week.

Little has big job ahead getting Labour on track

OPINION: At 1.45pm on Tuesday, Andrew Little became the New Zealand Labour Party's 15th leader. Little faces a long and difficult struggle to restore Labour's fortunes, a struggle that will only end when he has accomplished five Herculean tasks.

Letters: Moronic idea

"Some councillors think they have the mandate to destroy everything that makes this town unique and beautiful. Over my dead body."

Unreported: We told you so!

Unreported doesn't usually like saying we told you so, but in this case we think it is only fair to point out with Andrew Little that's exactly what we did.

Curious case of suggestive Sutton

Roger Sutton's appointment to head the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority in 2011 was widely approved. Schooled in Gisborne and Hamilton, he had an engineering degree and, as chief executive of Christchurch lines company Orion, his media performances in the aftermath of the earthquakes had enhanced his reputation for being an approachable, communicative, analytical and creative leader.

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