Opinion

Special privileges

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

At Tuesday night's New Plymouth District Council meeting I made public comment as to a proposal to appoint representatives to council standing committees with full speaking and voting rights.

Dramatic headline

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I was surprised, on reading the Taranaki Daily News on April 16, to see that it begins with a dramatic headline, ''Iwi sees red after district council says no to representation''.

Left, Right and forward Mana!

IN HIS OWN WRITE

It's a funny old life sometimes. Just when you think you have it sorted out, it all changes right before your eyes. Take politics for instance. Left is Left and Right is Right, right?

Minister doth protest too much

OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Politics always starts to get a bit interesting when there's a whiff of scandal around.

Actor shows his love of Kiwi life

TV TIMES

As a country I think New Zealanders generally prefer an understated approach to life.

My raincoat and me

THE RILKOFF FILES

Last week I bought a raincoat. It wasn't a happy experience, it wasn't something I had been looking forward to. Raincoats rarely are, probably on account of what they are used for.

Editorial: Easter's rules just don't work anymore

easter bun

OPINION: The Easter holiday weekend is a perfect example of how much New Zealand has changed.

Beneficiary-bashing

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I'm starting to wonder how much damage John Sargent's column is doing what with his perpetuating myths around people on benefits and low incomes.

Resist the plan

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I was aghast at the arrogant and high-handed attitude shown by John Philpott of the Taranaki Regional Council in the Daily News (''Councils stuck in pohutukawa impasse'', April 15).

The last hours of Yeshua, teacher from Nazareth

FROM THE LEFT

'You're a hard man to find!", exclaimed the sharp-featured young fellow, setting a jug of wine on the table.

Legal highs

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I was staggered to hear Peter Dunne on Campbell Live on Monday night suggest that the right place for people suffering issues from legal highs was the A&E department of their local hospital.

Thanks, councillors

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

So, Peter Moeahu and Wikitoria Keenan spit the dummy after iwi representation is voted down.

Undemocratic

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Regarding ''Iwi sees red'' (Daily News, April 16): how sad are Te Atiawa's Peter Moeahu and Wikitoria Keenan?

Iwi representation

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A disappointing decision by the New Plymouth District Council not to allow full iwi representation on its key committees.

Grow your own

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

So, Fiona Clark and friends state that the pohutukawa along the western bank of the Waitara River hold important historical significance. Surely some early photos of the area would prove otherwise.

A stretch too far for democracy

EDITORIAL

Wikitoria Keenan

OPINION: Democracy can be a blunt instrument, but it's the best system we have available.

Matter of trust

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

It was disturbing to read in a recent newspaper article that central government had terminated financial support for the Kohanga Reo National Trust.

Pick up the poo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A few years ago a letter from local identity Jim Hickey was printed in the Daily News. He wrote about the mess around Oakura from local dogs littering the streets of the village . . . well Jim, I can tell you nothing has changed, in fact the situation may be even worse now.

Diary of a princess, the Kathryn Calvert way

UNDER THE SKY TOWER

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

A Future Queen's Diary . . . A Tour of New Zealand:

Smoking battle is not so plain and simple

EDITORIAL

Smoking is on the way out and few would mourn it completely disappearing from society.

NZ Post's own goal

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

NZ Post has comes in for a bit of flak over late and missing mail, and as I have discovered, they don't do much to help themselves.

Abuse of trust

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I am speechless that the South Taranaki District mayor saw fit to complain about a ''headline'' in the Daily News yet has made no effort to publicly apologise to the affected Eltham residents for the STDC poisoning us

Maori voice a matter of equality

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Allowing representatives of iwi and hapu on committees of the New Plymouth District Council is not a matter of separatism but a question of equity.

My country, too

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I refer to Nicholas Toa's letter of April 14 regarding Maori representation on the council.

Share the vision for economic gianthood

THE BURNSIDE OF LIFE

I ran into John de Bueger the other day and as a former and very popular columnist in this fine publication, in this very spot in fact, I listened to his pearls of wisdom with bated breath.

Thanks for being there

EDITORIAL

In the past few days Taranaki has had plenty of reminders of how much we owe our emergency services.

Taranaki naturists

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

There is a thriving naturist club in Taranaki.

Govt leaves ratepayers picking up tab for coastal erosion

RIDING SHOTGUN

Kapiti Island

OPINION: Flying across the Tasman recently I got chatting with a fellow passenger who commuted regularly between Wellington and his work at the University of Melbourne.

Opinions voiced

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

© Fairfax NZ News

Being only 16, I tried to take in as much as I could from the community gathering.

Abuse supported

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

© Fairfax NZ News

Maori are a minority in a country where the majority continue to breach Treaty rights and human rights against us.

Mayor's stand on iwi voting applauded

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

© Fairfax NZ News

Hearty congratulations to Mayor Judd for his courageous and principled stand.

Time to ban bags

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An article about recycling in the Daily News (April 5) included the information that supermarket shopping bags are no longer being recycled.

In a muddle looking for laughs

TV TIMES

A lot of you will be familiar with comedian-personality Jesse Mulligan.

Masculinity masked by muesli and muffins

THE RILKOFF FILES

The muesli was the beginning. It was supposed to also be the end. Because, you see, I was sick.

We're confident? Please pass the salt

OUT OF LEFT FIELD

I 've said in recent columns that things round here aren't as good as they look. I didn't rave about it. After all, who wants to be the killjoy?

Royal tour real boon for NZ

IN HIS OWN WRITE

Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George will be a boon to New Zealand.

For your information

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I am writing in response to the Taranaki Daily News article on April 4 - Assault Mum pleads for help - regarding that she was unable to afford the prescription charges to collect her medication.

Editorial: More taxes, or better management?

tax

OPINION: Taxes remain one of life's certainties, but the ways they are applied at a local government level may be in for a shake-up.

Poster aimed at Key has unintended irony

FROM THE LEFT

The power of art and its uncanny ability to evade the censors of our conscious mind is never more obvious than when it gatecrashes party politics. Poster art, in particular, possesses a special potency.

Councillor a corporate mercenary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I had to laugh when one of our district councillors put himself out there on the front page of yesterday's Taranaki Daily News as the defender of democracy.

Democracy? Rot!

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Outrageous indeed! Regarding yesterday's story, Outrage At New Iwi Positions.

Talking, not listening

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I attended the first of the Community Conversations initiated by our mayor, Andrew Judd.

It's a case of back to the future with Liverpool

FOOTBALL

I t was pretty tough growing up in Tokoroa.

Rescue chopper needs lots of friends

helicopter

The cost of running and maintaining the 22-year-old Taranaki rescue helicopter service is immense.

Forgotten few

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

© Fairfax NZ News

The ballot results have been published and like any lottery, there are winners and loses. In this particular ballot, however, one section of the public has been given very little, if any, consideration or recognition. I refer to the sons and daughters of the Gallipoli veterans.

Milk odour overstated

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

© Fairfax NZ News

I'm writing to express my extreme disappointment with a headline that appeared in the Taranaki Daily News on April 8 - Milk Pong Now Choking Hawera.

Onaero deserving

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

© Fairfax NZ News

In reply to the April 7 letter from Lila Smith, titled Sea Wall Folly.

Musharraf latest to return to scene of crime

GWYNNE DYER - © Fairfax NZ News

'I prefer death to surrender," Pakistan's former military dictator, Pervez Musharraf, said on April 1 to the special court that is trying him on five charges of high treason, but it's a reasonable guess that he'd prefer exile to either of those options.

This time the law really is an ass

OPINION: Laws and the legislation that enables them are key points to building and sustaining a safe, reasonable society.

Husbands, definitely a game of too- hards

UNDER THE SKY TOWER

KATHRYN CALVERT - © Fairfax NZ News

Oi, I yelled through the lounge room wall at a slumbering Hubby on Saturday, "when's the last time we went anywhere together?"
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