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.
Anyone who has spilled a milk-based drink in their car can commiserate with the good people of Eltham who live to lee side of the disposal facility there.
There is every likelihood both major parties will have their heads in the sand on New Zealand Superannuation at the 2017 general election.
Eltham stinks of a coverup, drink-driving laws just revenue gathering, amalgamated Taranaki council would probably operate out of New Plymouth.
OPINION: Australians are braying that their country's framework for a free trade agreement with China is bigger and/or better than New Zealand's with regard to dairy products.
"Racism is still a daily experience in Taranaki and failure to acknowledge Maori dissatisfaction leaves them as a target and breeding ground for conversion to Islam."
OPINION: The Waitangi Tribunal gave the country plenty to think about over the weekend.
In the past I've never had much luck with the future. It never turns out quite as I expected it might.
OPINION: New Zealanders should be troubled that a convicted murderer and paedophile was able to flee to Brazil.
OPINION: What a total bloody shambles. Phillip John Smith has made fools of our Corrections Department.
Unreported this week: the spelling of McMemamin, do you even read this, councillors' eye problems.
Letters to the editor about: Regional council GrabOne deals, Zoo should be user pays, rates cap could create slum town, Mayor Judd and Maori wards.
The first report from the Glenn Inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence, funded by philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn, was based on interviews with more than 500 victims, frontline workers and offenders.
Taranaki Daily NewsThere is no dispute that, for a small number of people, homeopathy appears to work. What I contest is the mechanism.
Guy Fawkes night is always so amazing and something to look forward to. But do fireworks need to be banned?
The garden festival is always something to look forward to at this time of year.
I have the greatest respect and admiration for the mayor and other councillors who voted against capping any rate increase at 3 per cent but on this occasion they got it wrong.
John Key was gunning for officials in July after a diplomat facing charges of assault with attempt to rape was allowed to go back home.
OPINION: Tourist industry leaders want fulfilment of National's election promise that Prime Minister John Key would stay in the tourism portfolio he had held for six years.
OPINION: "I don't want to overstate the risk," PM says. But only two passports cancelled this year.
OPINION: That's why my government has taken away the legal right for workers to have a tea break.
OPINION: Taranaki's best engineering and electrical apprentices will be honoured at a special awards evening on Thursday night. Gordon Brown explains why we all have a vested interest in their success.
The decision to reschedule the Americarna festival to 2016 is one that will disappoint many Taranaki fans.
OPINION: Could the party really be over for the Wellington Sevens? And is that necessarily a bad thing?
New Plymouth's rate take has virtually doubled in the past decade, increasing from $36.9 million in 2004 to $71.5m now.
It is important to provide more information to Wednesday's front- page story. The heading ''Capped rates will come at big cost' was unnecessarily alarming.
In the wee small hours of Sunday morning just gone, the New Plymouth CBD had all the right ingredients for a riot of a party.
It is a well known fact Unreported never gets tired of detailing people's failed attempts to find their way through this thing called life.
An Electoral Commission statement on Monday normally might have been paid scant heed by news media.
I must admit that one of your best little columns comes from Matt Rilkoff.
I fish on the Mokau River to catch a feed of whitebait, but I am over catching the rubbish that floats past me.
Everyone who drives on State Highway 3 will be relieved to read that they will soon be able to travel on the highway south of Piopio in safety.
New Plymouth District councillor Keith Allum gives us the heads up on Iran.
I just read the article in your newspaper about Alex Ballantyne being demoted.
Support our new Community Cafe - and help the people of West Africa at the same time.
Jeremy Hunt, a British MP, expressed support for state-funded homeopathic hospitals in 2007.
OPINION: Stories in the Taranaki Daily News this week concerning the reaction to the council decision to introduce Maori wards probably surprises few.
One in five Kiwi kids live in poverty, apparently. It’s a startling figure.
The pollies get a tea break. Why shouldn't we?
I was the tramper rescued by helicopter from Mt Taranaki last week.
In this week's Unreported: Cop in the poo, a whine wine, touring hooliganism a glo-bones a goer.
OPINION: Outrage from Roast Busters reignited this week by news that no prosecutions will be laid.
Like many others, I am going to be so sorry to see Jim Hickey retire from doing the weather after so many years.
I am a visually impaired single mother of three school-aged children living in the Bell Block area.
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