A touchstone of our times

Serena Williams argues the toss at the US Open final.

OPINION: Was Serena Williams a spoiled brat or a victim of a conspiracy? Richard Swainson is always on the side of the player against an official.

Droppies can work

Beauden Barrett has only kicked one drop goal in 220 first-class matches.

OPINION: All Blacks shouldn't discount field goals if they're the difference between winning and losing.

Knowledge is power

An MRI scan shows a suspected cancerous area, which is circled in red.

OPINION: If that's the case, doctors shouldn't be discouraging men from having prostate cancer checks.

Ardern hobbled by her coalition hand

Jacinda Ardern and coalition partners Winston Peters and James Shaw are all smiles, for the cameras at least.

OPINION: Prime minister's ability to lead dependent on coalition partners.

A fighter ace farewelled

Alan Peart was a civil engineer, as well as a World War II pilot.

OPINION: Alan Peart's death is a significant moment in our nation's history.

Opportunity in our language

Pupils at Roslyn Primary School in Palmerston North learn te reo, from left, Savannah O'Neil, 11, Taleyah ...

OPINION: Antagonism towards te reo Māori rooted in cultural insecurity.

Tough going up north

Manawatū take on Northland tomorrow at Ōkara Park om Friday, 36 years after a hard-fought Ranfurly Shield tilt.

OPINION: Manawatū's trip to Whangarei a lot easier than in days of yore.

Operating in half-truths

Jacinda Ardern set herself a high standard for truth in politics. Now that she is prime minister, she should be held to ...

OPINION: Honesty is notoriously difficult to achieve in politics.

Projects out of sync

The He Ara Kotahi bridge project is having a last-minute design change to incorporate lighting.

An extra $1.2 million is approved to fix a mistake the public did not know had been made.

The most boring Climax in cinema

Gaspar Noe's latest film produced a primal reaction in Richard Swainson's friend.

OPINION: Controversial film light on entertainment and transgression.

Writers' festival whitewash not OK

The Manawatū Writers' Festival is drawing criticism for being a white-out after behind-the-scenes efforts to include ...

OPINION: Exclusion of Māori in writers' festival is embarrassing and ignorant.

Racing revamp requires political goodwill

National racing spokesman Ian McKelvie is a past president of the Rangitīkei Racing Club.

OPINION: National's racing spokesman Ian McKelvie will need to flog his colleagues into voting with Labour and NZ First.

The case to stay electric

Roger Blakeley: The decision by KiwiRail in December 2016 to switch from electric to all diesel locomotives on the North ...

OPINION: A move to only diesel locomotives on the North Island main trunk line doesn't stack up.

There are risks in life

There are risks associated with drinking alcohol, as there are with many other things in life.

OPINION: Neo-wowsers don't trust ordinary people to make their own decisions about alcohol.

The perils of Wellywood accounting

Finance Minister Grant Robertson, left, and Housing Minister Phil Twyford ignored Treasury advice on Housing NZ debt.

OPINION: Borrowing on state-house spending has more than a whiff of Hollywood about it.

Simon Bridges: The big spender

The Bridges snout is further in the trough than Andrew Little's was in a comparable period.

OPINION: Travel expense "scandal" made most of us tune out during its twists and turns.

Don't sell your home short

The Manawatū scenery isn't the worst.

OPINION: We all have a responsibility to talk up the good things in our region. And there's plenty to say.

Manawatū should break away

The Central Stags men's team won't be visiting Palmerston North's Fitzherbert Park this summer.

OPINION: Latest snub to cricket in Palmerston North the final straw.

Spare change for a good cause

Greer Berry hopes some people will have actual cash to give to the Cancer Society this week.

OPINION: Greer Berry will be waving a bucket for the Cancer Society. Here's why.

Barber fiasco avoidable

Voters should have known Ross Barber wasn't in control of his own affairs before the 2016 mayoralty election.

OPINION: It shouldn't be left to a Family Court judge to shed light on the cognitive state of an election candidate.

Divided, they fall

Malcolm Turnbull was unable or unwilling to unite the liberal and conservative factions of the Australian Liberal Party.

OPINION: There are lessons for New Zealand from Australia's political meltdown.

Backwater-status danger

The Central Districts men's team will be absent from Palmerston North this summer.

OPINION: Palmerston North sports associations must fight for survival.

Bolly well worth it

Gold follows the Indian men's hockey team's first Olympic gold medal win as a free nation.

OPINION: Hockey film shows sport played part in throwing off colonial yoke.

Best friends' worst habits

Dogs in all their glory. The same can't be said for some of the smaller, yappy ones.

OPINION: Some deluded owners seem to assume treading in turd is good as gold.

A steep hill to climb

Gareth Morgan was the face of the Opportunities Party but announced at the end of last year he would be quitting as ...

OPINION: TOP's new leader seems pleasant, but his party may need to change its approach.

Hospital café takes the cake

Fair Go presenter and journalist Hadyn Jones.

OPINION: Fair Go is taking on the public's problems one meagre morsel at a time.

Ponga's Manawatū routes

Kalyn Ponga, pictured in 2016, used to spend hours a day at the Manawatū Golf Club.

OPINION: NRL star was once a junior golfing champ before his move overseas.

Rethinking KiwiBuild

Housing Minister Phil Twyford's KiwiBuild scheme needs to be better targeted.

OPINION: Government housing scheme should target genuine first-home buyers in need.

The parent-room police

Parents' rooms shouldn't be women-only domains.

OPINION: I would hate to think a caregiver would think twice about who "belongs".

Follow our lead

Pope Francis has reignited a debate about the death penalty.

OPINION: There's no excuse for the death penalty, although some cases challenge this.

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