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Rights and wrongs for kids

Sex education is probably helpful, but if it's taught without a moral framework it's of little use, says Rosemary McLeod.

OPINION: Sex education is probably helpful, but without a moral framework it's of little use, writes Rosemary McLeod.

Editorial: A glaring need for answers

Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson say that six Afghan civilians, including a three-year-old girl named Fatima, were killed ...

OPINION: If New Zealand troops oversaw a vengeful attack that killed a 3-year-old girl, the public must be told.

A startling gesture in a city of transients

A camel yawns on Jumeirah's popular tourist beach in front of  tower blocks in Dubai, in this November 28, 2009 file ...

OPINION: Joe Bennett gets a telling tap on the arm in a suffocating Dubai metro train.

NZ needs better ways of measuring progress

Doubtful Sound. FFX-travel

OPINION: Our singular focus on GDP is distracting us from what really matters in life.

Editorials

Editorial: English's taxing problems

The Iphone is brilliant, but Apple's tax policy is not.

OPINION: It is extraordinary that Apple paid no tax in New Zealand despite selling billions of dollars of its products. The company is among the largest and most profitable in the world, partly because its technology is so brilliant. But Apple is not being a good citizen in New Zealand.

Editorial: One more measure of the housing crisis

New Zealand's housing market is the most unaffordable in the developed world, The Economist says.

OPINION: Even The Economist thinks foreign buying is pushing up New Zealand prices.

The justice of the piece

Phillip John Smith.

OPINION: Phillip John Smith's fight to wear a wig in jail strikes many people as not only absurd but offensive. Smith is a monster who sexually abused a child when he was 17 and returned at the age of 21 to kill the child's father.

Safety and the whanau

Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley is wise to soften the Government's stance on "whanau first" care of troubled children. It should be possible for social workers to ensure that a child is kept safe while also preferring to place the child within the whanau or extended family.

Columnists

Hospital parking is sickening

It is perfectly reasonable to charge a small fee for parking for hospital visitors, as free parking might encourage ...

OPINION: Having to pay big sums for parking when visiting loved ones in hospital doesn't wash, writes Jane Bowron.

Abortion hoops hypocritical

Anti-abortion protesters outside Southland Hospital.

OPINION: Why do women with unwanted pregnancies face such hurdles, asks Dave Moore.

Parents are teachers too

Too many parents are contracting out their jobs to schools, says Duncan Garner.

OPINION: Too many parents are dumping on school teachers subjects that should be taught in the home.

More than semantics at stake

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in the movie Room.

OPINION: Abortion is so polarising that even the the opposing camps' labels are contentious, writes Karl du Fresne.

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