A Turbos lament

Hawkes Bay's Tony Lamborn and Manawatū's Newton Tudreu are sent off by referee Cam Stone at McLean Park on Sunday.

OPINION: Sunday's loss felt more gutting than any other.

Trusts overly ambitious

As with so many well-intentioned social experiments, licensing trusts didn't quite work out as planned.

OPINION: New Zealanders have long enjoyed alcohol. Too much, according to some.

Backroom dealing hard to stomach

It pays not to take Winston Peters literally.

OPINION: You have to be a bit careful when it comes to deciphering the words of Winston Peters.

The noise that annoys light sleepers

What's to crow about?

OPINION: A proposed ban on roosters in town has drawn strong reactions.

Disturbing aura of influence

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, with actresses Jessica Chastain, and Jess Weixler at a Cannes Film Festival ...

OPINION: Harvey Weinstein is done, but Hollywood still has work to do.

US steeped in hypocrisy

Stephen Paddock, 64, committed mass murder at a country music concert in Las Vegas. But, yet again, there's strong ...

OPINION: How do we best understand that complex beast that is the United States?

A drama-filled existence

Erik Thomson plays a widower in 800 Words.

TUNNEL VISION: The drama has been ratcheted up in 800 Words.

Terror and terrorism

Workers board up a broken window at the Mandalay Bay hotel, where shooter Stephen Paddock conducted his mass shooting ...

 When is terror not terrorism?

A pet parental peeve

It makes sense to break down babies' ages into months in their first year, but why do it after that?

OPINION: Why do some parents insist on referring to their kids by months of age?

Seymour has earned Epsom

Like his predecessors, ACT leader David Seymour has proved the doubters wrong, as his party continues to hold onto the ...

OPINION: Sneers about David Seymour and Epsom are misplaced. Here's why.

Our little town is suffering stuff nation

The Gorge has issues during bad weather, but its scenic beauty doesn't deserve to be lost.

The longer it takes for a solution to the troubled Manawatū Gorge, the more expensive everything gets and it's bringing people down.

Offerings of respect

Jacinda Ardern's appeal was less that of Tinker Bell than Norman Kirk.

OPINION: Correspondence reminds this columnist not to forget our forebears.

Spithill by nature

There was a danger Peter Lampp might look favourably on Jimmy Spithill after reading his book. Not to worry, he didn't.

OPINION: There's a danger our America's Cup nemesis could prove admirable, writes Peter Lampp.

We were sold a crock

Winston Peters will determine who governs us. Is that democratic?

OPINION: Anyone having second thoughts about MMP?

No call for council limbo

Red, Independent and Green: Lorna Johnson, Gabrielle Bundy-Cooke and Brent Barrett were first elected to the Palmerston ...

OPINION: Why councils are smarter than central government.

Political prowess not guaranteed

when the Internet-Mana party failed, Kim Dotcom speculated whether it was because of his personal brand.

OPINION: It's not unusual for the rich and famous to enter politics. Sometimes they pull it off. Often they don't

Driving change not enough

Saudi Arabian women awoke to news of a royal decree permitting them to drive starting next year.

OPINION: Getting Saudi women behind the wheel is a positive move, but more needs to be done.

Back in time for lunch

Gary Sinise always gets his man in time for lunch, writes Malcolm Hopwood.

TUNNEL VISION: Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is so enjoyably dreadful.

Never forget a face

A trip to the mall can be a taxing experience when you see people you recognise everywhere, writes Greer Berry.

COLD COFFEE: Seeing people you recognise every time you venture out may not just be a coincidence, it might be a super power.

Putting NZ First

Don't dare ask Winston Peters who he's going to choose to be New Zealand's next Government. There are democratic ...

OPINION: Winston Peters' plans to follow a "democratic process" is the biggest untruth of them all.

Greens in difficult position

Green Party leader James Shaw knows siding with National is too risky.

OPINION: The Green Party faithful seem quite grateful to be back in Parliament.

Status quo for Manawatū

Labour's Adrian Rurawhe held on to the Te Tai Hauāuru seat.

OPINION: Voters in Manawatū-Whanganui region electorates have made a strong call for the status quo.

Island of red in an ocean of blue

A weaker opponent this time and the Jacinda effect were helpful for Iain Lees-Galloway's campaign in Palmerston North.

OPINION: The odds were stacked against National candidate Adrienne Pierce and one had to wonder how serious National really was.

Right but wrong

Horowhenua District Council chief executive David Clapperton refuses to acknowledge any wrongdoing over his email snooping.

OPINION: Horowhenua council officials refuse to admit fault - then change their snooping practices.

From westerns to Repo Man

Cast member Harry Dean Stanton arrives at the premiere of the animated film Rango in Los Angeles, California, in 2011.

OPINION: The elderly member of the Twin Peaks cast knew his way around a film set.

The one poll that matters

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern and National leader Bill English say the 2017 election race is very tight.

OPINION: The debates have been robust, but the arguing is nearly over and we should soon have a better idea of what it all means.

The perils of Government

From left, National candidate Adrienne Pierce, Money Free Party candidate Scott Andrew and Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway ...

OPINION: National's candidate was ganged up on and faced tough questions.

Debate strikes useful balance

The Manawatu Standard candidates debate was broadcast live on Facebook.

OPINION: Election campaign meeting mixes information with humour and differences.

A strange clash indeed

Lewis Marshall of Manawatū stretches to take a pass during the round five Mitre 10 Cup match between Waikato and ...

OPINION: I have seen many bizarre Manawatū rugby matches and Saturday's win was right up there.

Trump delivers chaos and uncertainty

Donald Trump has had a chaotic presidency of the United States.

OPINION: Donald Trump has had enough time to show he's fit for office.

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