Why I climbed Parliament

Verena Maeder faces a three-month prison sentence if she is convicteed of trespass for her part in a Greenpeace protest on the roof of Parliament.

OPINION: Nelson activist Verena Maeder explains why she risked a prison sentence to call for action on climate change.

Tickets not the only thing scalped

One way to avoid the ticket queues is to get a season ticket.

OPINION: Ticket scalping is just taking the free market to its logical extreme.

Editorial: Care needed with TPP

Trade Minister Tim Groser says it's "show time" for the 12-country Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.

OPINION: NZ needs to be ready to walk away from the Trans Pacific Partnership if it doesn’t deliver.

Dalai Lama could learn a lot from Pope Francis

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama turns 80 in July.

OPINION: Kiwi singer Lorde has been recorded on a celebrity medley album for the Dalai Lama to help raise his profile with a younger audience.


Editorial: Greek bind shows the worst of Europe

Greece has been put through a kind of endless purgatory since being bailed out by European lenders in 2010. Even though it has implemented cost-cutting reforms, its economy has deteriorated further.

For all of Greece's profligacy, its treatment by European politicians and central banks has been worse.

Editorial: More to do on tackling scalpers

Queues for tickets at least privilege fans willing to sacrifice their time - though scalpers can always join them too.

OPINION: Until a better solution emerges, the government should widen its scalping ban.

Editorial: Risks and opportunities in council plan

Wellington City Council's big plans for the city have to pass a strict test before ratepayers' money is spent on them.

OPINION: The council can help lay the conditions for a dynamic city but needs to carefully balance its spending plans against cost to ratepayers.

Editorial: State house sell-off gets stranger

Australian non-profit company Horizons Housing is considering buying up to 400 state houses from the Government.

OPINION: The Government's Australian flirtation only makes the sales of state houses more dubious.


Different tastes when it comes to baring bodies

Sunday Star-Times columnist Rosemary McLeod Byline photo Dinkus Portrait 07/11/2006 70088 SPL AKL This is the property of the Sunday Star-Times

OPINION: I can take or leave other peoples' nudity, but mainly I'd rather leave it. You can have too much of a good thing.

Fairy-stories no basis for decisions

Stingrays are no spiritual guardian of our lagoons.

It's one thing to respect Maori heritage, but that doesn't mean deferring to folklore that we know to be absurd.

Future remains unclear, but fog starts to lift

Joe Bennett received a call that no child wants to receive.

OPINION: The stroke ward was called Solomon. My mother was on a bed in the corner. I didn't immediately recognise her. She was slumped to one side, asleep.

News, views and meat markets

Sausages, part of any self-respecting meat pack.

OPINION: I was having yet another tedious argument along the lines of everything being ‘the media’s fault these days’.

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