Tackling rugby's dark side

The tragic death of Wallaby rugby player Dan Vickerman poses hard questions about what happens to rugby players after ...

OPINION: Not all the players have a plan to cope when the superstar lifestyle ends.

Death and the monument

The memorial wall for the Canterbury earthquake.

The new memorial for the victims of the Canterbury earthquake is not just for Christchurch. It is for all of New Zealand, and even for the wider world. Death took 185 people on that day six years ago, and they came from many different parts of New Zealand and the globe.

Where's Railways of National Significance?

Covering 316 hectares of fertile land with a road, the Kapiti Expressway, is poor stewardship, says Viola Palmer.

Opinion: The cost to taxpayers and the damage to the environment far outweigh any small benefit the Kapit Expressway will bring to car travel times.

Cadbury and the consumers

New Zealand filmstar Sam Neill backs a boycott of Cadbury

Cadbury's abandonment of Dunedin poses hard questions about profits and power. Cadbury's owner, the giant multinational Mondelez, made the announcement more in sorrow than in anger. It said it just couldn't afford to keep making chocolate in Dunedin when 60 per cent of it was sold in Australia and had to be shipped across a very expensive bit of water.


Public service vs cash

Adrian Orr, CEO NZ Super Fund.

OPINION: Bill English would be right to sack members of the board of the Super Fund.

Harawira tries again

Mana Party Leader Hone Harawira and Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell competing at the 2017 Waka Ama Sprint Nationals.

It's the deal-making season for politicians. The latest is the proposed marriage between Mana's Hone Harawira and the Maori Party, the group he divorced with such biting acrimony back in 2011.

Hatred and the law

Police Commissioner Mike Bush

The call for hate-crimes legislation is understandable and even laudable. In an age of mounting xenophobia, those who preach hatred of other races or religions no longer seem a minor or fringe element. Some of the worst xenophobes now hold power in countries which used to preach tolerance and diversity.

Friends but no deals

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with NZ PM Bill English in Queenstown.

The trans-Tasman leaders' meeting was a disappointment. The two prime ministers traded bromides about the Anzac spirit and announced small beer news about scientific co-operation.


It's all bag

The dog as accessory.

Opinion: It was a dog day afternoon for Jane Bowron.

The Ohariu charade

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne.

Opinion: This year, both Tory and Green supporters could be holding their nose as they cast their vote in Ohariu.

Garner: Disaster in the making?

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee, left, Mayor of Selwyn District Sam Broughton and Prime Minister Bill English ...

OPINION: Who was in control as Christchurch hills and homes were ravaged by fire? No-one very smart is the answer.

No place like home

Bill English the puppet at the Backbenchers pub.

Opinion: American visitors get a taste of what makes New Zealand special and distinctive.

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