Basil of the year awards

OPINION: From the subtropical basil patches of Newtown comes the highlight of the year's social calendar.

Kiwis don't get nine lives

I can't help but spare a thought for the people who erred at the beginning of 2014.

New limits drive message home

OPINION: Is the drink-driving message finally getting through to New Zealanders?

Cheer of the kind found in beer

OPINION: It's the week before Christmas, I'm sitting at home

Remember to keep your distance

A new dilemma is entering Wellington roads, and later the courts. Did a car pass a cycle at 1.49 metres, or at 1.51 metres? How to tell?

Think hard before you judge people

A few years ago when I was active in our local food bank , an overseas relative asked why people we were helping ''don't get a job''. She was surprised that many recipients did have jobs but their pay, even with government ''handouts'', wasn't enough to cover all the necessities of life. I told her strict vetting and education in financial management we installed ensured only the truly needy were helped - and, even then, only for limited periods. My relative was surprised, but understanding. Compare that reaction with the cynics and rednecks who write to your paper claiming that all ''so- called'' needy people are only in that situation because they are lazy parasites who waste their money on booze, smoking and gambling or who deliberately (or carelessly) have more children that they can support.

Context needed over Sydney siege

Police shouldn't have apologised

Still a great shared tradition

What other time of year compares with Christmas?

Embarrassing U-turn for city

After a year of exuberant announcements, city's convention centre plan is in shambles.

US-Cuba thaw shows talking power

Alcohol sponsorship ban a step too far

Editorial | Pay docking policy must change

It would be odd if bank tellers were fined whenever someone managed to rob the bank.

Time for new ideas?

Bill English has been Mr Boring but Sensible, making a virtue of his affable, taciturn nature.

Street sinning and karma

Hope and karma - what crazy Christmas presents they would be.

Labour at inequality crossroad

Talking nonsense with aplomb

George Dubya admits guilt?

I may be ageing and paunchy but I can still dream. The dream takes place in court.

Comments: Why some don't make it

commenters BLOG: Ever wondered why your comment didn't make it on to our website? Here's why.

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