Why does life have to be so complicated these days?
We ranked better than Australia, on the Climate Change Performance Index.
OPINION: The Christmas holidays have arrived and cricket is in full swing.
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".
OPINION: The hostage crisis in Sydney has brought the threat of terrorism close to home.
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.
The television news has told me Christmas is in trouble this year.
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.
How appropriate that the climate protesters had their heads in the sand at Back Beach.
OPINION: Human rights and justice tend to be nudged aside when the Government is forging economic relationships with much bigger countries.
OPINION: This week John Key confirmed he definitely plans to stand for a fourth term in 2017.
OPINION: An estimated 10% of productive NZ land is in foreign hands.
New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions are small - just 0.15% - in global terms.
Thanks to the Taranaki community for the warm welcome and assistance given to our Defence Force personnel during Exercise Kiwi Koru in November.
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.
OPINION: Len Houwers' decision to quit the New Plymouth District Council last week was met with a largely supportive response from the online brigade.
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.
New Zealanders experienced mild shock a few weeks back when seagulls were added to threatened species lists, right beside the kiwi and the kakapo.
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.
OPINION: Are New Zealand defence personnel already preparing for deployment to Iraq?
Surely this is the most ridiculous and offensive statistic this week: The Wellington region currently has 95 councillors.
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.
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.
The great thing about the Treaty of Waitangi is that it guaranteed equality of rights for all New Zealanders
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.
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.
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".
Traffic cop makes no apologies for tickets when the consequences of the offences can be so horrific.
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.
OPINION: What are you so afraid of? the elderly black man said to the young white reporter on the news yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
OPINION: Phillip John Smith was locked up this weekend - and prison authorities need to ensure he stays that way.
White Ribbon Day has been described as the largest effort by men across the world to end men's violence against women.
In other unexpected news Taranaki Daily News staff had a chance encounter with the rarest of things yesterday - a smiling Graham Henry.
Food for thought Firstly, may I congratulate Greg Hull on his initiative fundraising for all Taranaki foodbanks. It is very commendable.
One aspect of the inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, is done and dusted.
The political pundits were given plenty to ponder when Labour leader Andrew Little announced his lineup.
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.
I'd like to park a whole new Lamborghini amidst ideas being mooted around our district's future.
Hekia Parata says PPTA's voting in new teaching roles another significant step forward for govt initiative.
OPINION: If GWRC ever thinks this Wairarapa dam is going to be easy, it needs a cup of tea and a lie down.
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.
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.
A bunch of faceless union hacks chose Andrew Little to lead the Labour Party this week.
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.
"Some councillors think they have the mandate to destroy everything that makes this town unique and beautiful. Over my dead body."
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.
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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