OPINION: One of the constitutional roles of the public service is to provide free and frank advice. Public servant officials should, as the recent Dominion Post editorial wrote, "be brave and tell the minister something that he or she doesn't want to hear".
OPINION: This month a group of academics are holding meetings in provincial towns around the country. They have two messages – there is no safe level of alcohol consumption and alcohol causes caner cancer.
OPINION: It's official: the average Auckland house price has doubled since the Key Government came to power.
OPINION: Heartfelt thanks to all of you who took the trouble to put me right about the number of laps in 10,000 metres. I'm not sure however you'll find it so easy to spot today's deliberate error.
OPINION: The Government is striking a new tone on climate change. It will bring forward ratification of the Paris climate treaty to the end of the year, it says.
OPINION: Mandatory microchipping for cats is a good idea. Other steps will be harder.
OPINION: It is time to allow the very sick legal access to cannabis - and to consider options for broader reform.
OPINION: New Zealanders don't expect to get sick drinking water from their tap.
OPINION: Kiwis can't be bothered getting out of bed for the minimum wage, hence the need for foreigners.
OPINION: Reports that nearly half of all Kiwi GPs are planning to retire in the next 10 years will be music to the ears of UK medical health practitioners looking to emigrate to New Zealand post Brexit.
OPINION: My generation has a lot to answer for. Recreational drugs, for example – or as former Wellington coroner Garry Evans preferred to call them, "wreckreational drugs".
OPINION: It is the purpose of uniforms to make the wearer look mildly, or hopefully horrendously, unattractive, and to negate individuality. Uniforms want clones.