NZ's super rich are not an inspiration to the bottom 30%, who just want a job and a home, writes Rosemary McLeod.
Paul Manafort's fate suggests all's not lost for freedom-loving people in America and the rest of the world, writes Joe Bennett.
The media may have to develop an obsequious relationship with Trump and wait for the right time to pounce, writes Jane Bowron.
OPINION: Teens don't just need good sex education, they need motivated, non-judgmental health professionals to offer advice.
Opinion: David Lange is remembered for his one-liners and his repudiation of nuclear weapons. But all is not what it seemed.
OPINION: Booze underwrites much of NZ's misery. Fans of cannabis need to prove it would really be a positive thing.
OPINION: Cleaning is a mindless job, says Joe Bennett. It leaves most of your central processor idling.
Opinion: The days in between Christmas and through till mid-January are rudderless and meaningless.
Holiday advice: Put down that phone, ignore everyone, and pick up a book.
Opinion: It's the season of goodwill - but not towards the neighbourhood pets.
OPINION: Idleness and overwork - the contrasting problems facing the world's youth.
Opinion: Today's corporations want to forge an emotional bond.
Opinion: There's not been much to celebrate in our shaky planet this year.
OPINION: Joe Bennett finds out the hard way that you can't replace a "flip-open" cellphone.
OPINION: Live from the basil patches of Newtown, our columnist's annual gongs.
OPINION: In a year of "unpresidented" strangeness, it's been hard to keep your mind on the job.
A couple of weeks ago, Karl du Fresne took part in a flagrant act of cultural appropriation. So did several thousand other people.
There isn't enough kindness in the world, so why try to shut down what there is, writes Rosemary McLeod.
Opinion: 2016 - the year of narcissism, nationalism, referendums and the Reaper.
OPINION: City centres full of events and life are far more attractive than free parking.
OPINION: The text appeared from a "hopeless admirer". It wasn't for me.
Opinion: Duncan Garner shares his list of the year's victors and vanquished.
Opinion: Santa sums up the state of the world - an old white man does the fun bits while slaves toil in the background, writes Rosemary McLeod.
Opinion: The presents to a beloved mother in a rest home far away eased Joe Bennett's conscience with every mile they flew.
OPINION: Grenada Village residents have the same concerns as I do about new housing.
OPINION: English may be dull, but he's no longer angry, says Duncan Garner.
OPINION: Road deaths involving alcohol have gone up since the blood-alcohol limit was lowered. What's going on?
Opinion: Art's ugly side is exposed yet again with revelations over the making of Last Tango in Paris.
OPINION: The poetry of the ancients and the comparatively moderns muses on many of the same feelings and themes.
Opinion: Accommodation levies for tourists are fairly standard in Europe and the US; does NZ need one too?