Garner: Do you worry about crime?

A new crime survey this week suggests assaults, robberies and burglaries are trending down.

So if crime is dropping how much safer do you really feel?

Editorial: Too soon for vindication on Iraq

Prime Minister John Key fulfilled an earlier promise by visiting Camp Taji, where New Zealand troops are training Iraqi soldiers.

OPINION: The prime minister was right to go to Iraq, but saying the trip "vindicates" him was strikingly premature.

Making a difference for children in state care

Minister for Social Development Anne Tolley.

 OPINION: Over the past few weeks two significant reports on the experiences of New Zealand's vulnerable children while in state care have been released.

Right to push for progress on Shelly Bay

Shelly Bay, site of a former Defence Force base on Wellington's Miramar Peninsula, may be made a "special housing area" with fast-tracked building conditions.

OPINION: The prime coastal spot has been a dump for too long - and Wellington should do what it can to get things moving.


A modest deal that comes with costs

Trade Minister Tim Groser at the Trans-Pacific Partnership press conference.

Forget the lofty talk about how much of the Earth’s landmass the TPP covers – for New Zealand, this looks like a slim achievement at best.

Deportation drive leaves bitter taste

Hundreds of people born in New Zealand, but raised and living in Australia, are being put in detention centres.

OPINION: Australia’s round-up of New Zealand offenders for deportation starts, like much of that country’s immigration policy, with an understandable premise, and ends up closer to cruelty.

No special treatment for famous entertainers

Chris Brown at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles.

OPINION: Chris Brown shouldn’t be allowed to tour New Zealand. His 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna is too fresh and too horrible for him to expect to be treated like an innocent citizen.

Editorial: Fares jumped too far, too fast

Fares for public transport across the Wellington region rose by as much as 18 per cent, adjusted for inflation, over the nine years to 2015.

OPINION: Wellington already has the best public transport passenger figures in the country, so why aren’t its fares the lowest?


Sauvs, shopping and a Singapore sling

Dubai International Airport.

OPINION: 'A Mad world, My Masters,' is a play by Thomas Middleton, a contemporary of Shakespeare. The play's not much cop, but the title's genius.

Outlandish style colours up the capital

Columnist Jane Bowron.

OPINION: he convergence of WOW (World of WearableArt Awards) with the school holidays in the capital has made the footpaths absolutely positively heave with seething hordes of humanity.

We deserve better from our public transport

Wellingtonians are being too much to take public transport, compared to the rest of the country.

OPINION: Even if the Green Party is not your cup of camomile, we must thank them for bringing public transport fare increases to our attention.

Jeremy Corbyn, consistently barmy, but full of conviction

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  British Labour Party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn addresses over a thousand supporters during a tea-time meeting as part of a nationwide leadership campaign at the Town Hall on August 18, 2015 in Middlesbrough, England. The Labour party leadership election was triggered by the resignation earlier in the year of Ed Miliband following the party's defeat at the general election. Four candidates were successfully nominated to stand, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall. The result of the campaign will be announced on Saturday 12 September 2015.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

OPINION: Jeremy Corbyn, the recently elected leader of the British Labour Party, has been described as a throwback to 1970s-style socialism.

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