The drama is real this time

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern on the campaign trail.

OPINION: It's hard to recall a more dramatic election campaign.

Every election a knife-edge affair

NZ First leader Winston Peters will hold the balance of power in the election, Liam Hehir says.

OPINION: Last week, I penned a jeremiad against the hyping up of supposed "game-changers".

Glorious musical storytelling treat

Ali Harper performs five 20th century divas in solo revue show "Songs For Nobodies".

REVIEW: Solo musical play "Songs For Nobodies" opened at Palmerston North's Centrepoint Theatre.

Arts and culture group aiming for the stars

Te Manawa aims high with rebuild plans.

Weighing up how ambitious Palmerston North can afford to be.

What happened to common courtesy?

Horowhenua District Council chief executive Davd Clapperton: "Right now, our community is highly politicised."

OPINION: Horowhenua council CEO defends controversial monitoring of emails.

A double blow


OPINION: Richard Swainson is a victim of crime, and the police aren't helping much.

DHB manages its messaging

MidCentral DHB board member Karen Naylor questioned the need for members to inform the board chairwoman before speaking ...

OPINION: MidCentral DHB's communication rules do not help voters make informed decisions.

Turbos' foreign legion

Joggie Viljoen was one of the Turbos' original overseas reinforcements.

OPINION: Manawatu's rugby team is never shy to look overseas to fill its roster.

The magical act of doing

The simple act of dropping of baking made Greer Berry feel special (file photo).

COLD COFFEE: It's nice to know people are thinking of you, but better when they show it.

Not another 'game changer'

Jacinda Ardern. She's sent commentators wild.

OPINION: The latest political poll shows we're back where we all started.

'The Full Monty' gets it on

Samuel Gordon with two of his out-of-work mates Malcolm played by Hayden Giles and Dave by Nick Ross in a scene from ...

Musical 'The Full Monty' opens its season in Palmerston North

Every TV show needs a villain

Love him, hate him, or love to hate him, Mike Hosking is the sort of moderator TVNZ's leaders' debate deserves.

EDITORIAL: Mike Hosking's irritable swagger in keeping with TV leaders' debate script.

Relieving the pressure

It's not known what causes bloat in dogs, but larger breeds, like the Great Dane, have been found to be at a greater risk.

PAWS AND CLAWS: When your pet looks ready to pop, you'd best rush it to the vet.

Turn left, you're in Canada

By watching episodes of Border Security, traffickers could learn how to successfully conceal drugs when entering a ...

TUNNEL VISION: A motorist, caught with wacky baccy in his pocket, tried to turn left and leave America.

No vindication for snooping council

Horowhenua District Council chief executive David Clapperton has been under fire over email-interception practices.

OPINION: The Horowhenua council defended its snooping. Then it quietly dropped the practice.

What are the biggest pre-election issues?

Is the economy the biggest issue the country faces going into the election?

OPINION: Sometimes I'm tempted to stop and ask the homeless about the country's issues going into the election.

Crusaders flying the NZ flag

Jordan Taufua walks through fans with the Super Rugby trophy.

OPINION: It appears there were as many hoping the Crusaders would lose the Super Rugby final as win it.

Privacy irony

Most Horowhenua councillors and staff have backed David Clapperton's email snooping.

OPINION: Council suddenly sees a need to worry about privacy in email scandal.

The Chosen One, at last

Labour's new leader Jacinda Ardern is the great new hope for those eager for a change of government.

SATIRE: The ascent of Jacinda Ardern has been received with rapturous enthusiasm.

A blast from the past

The files record historic moments from Pahiatua.

OPINION: One of the last opponents of local government reorganisation has died.

Mavis the Morris Minor is desecrated

The crooks have been at it again.

OPINION: As bad as my car was, the crimes visited upon my wife's vintage vehicle were heartbreaking.

Time for Shaw to steady the ship

Time for James Shaw to steady the ship.

OPINION: Luckily, the Greens have two leaders - it's time for the quiet one to step up.

Direct route through gorge needed

NZ First leader Winston Peters says the Government hasn't treated the state highway through the Manawatu Gorge as a high ...

OPINION: If any road in New Zealand is a "Road of National Significance", the Manawatu Gorge is it.

A race against time

The Manawatu Turbos hope to play their opening match in the ITM Cup in Palmerston North.

OPINION: If the Turbos' first home game has to be moved, it will be a public relations disaster.

Daycare: How do they do it?

A little dirt is quite good for kids.

COLD COFFEE: Early childhood educators are quite simply angels on Earth.

Judicial drawcards

US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts impressed in his quiet mastery of the law.

OPINION: Fascinating legal ruminations shed light on US system.

Poor form all round

As surprising as the soul-purging was, the subsequent shock, awe and vitriol has disfigured Turei's wrong-doing beyond ...

OPINION: Distraction from welfare policy more disappointing than MP's benefit fraud.

Love McCartney, do

Ringo Starr, left, and Paul McCartney still enthrall Richard Swainson.

OPINION: This Fool on the Hill couldn't keep perfectly still and got ripped off.

Council's black-list folly

David Clapperton introduced an abhorrent email-interception practice at Horowhenua District Council.

OPINION: Horowhenua boss' email-interception practice is abhorrent.

Why are we waiting?

Transport Minister Simon Bridges visited Ashhurst and Woodville on Wednesday, and said nothing radical.

OPINION: The Government has woken up at last, but an alternative route to the Manawatu Gorge should have been looked at sooner.

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