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New flag must be more than rebrand

POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24:  A New Zealand flag waves her national flag during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

OPINION: NZ is not really being asked to change its identity, but to take part in a costly corporate rebranding.

Government strips KiwiSaver of incentive

Prime Minister John Key speaks to media after the 2015 budget presentation at Parliament House on May 21.

OPINION: Changes to scheme announced in Budget are a disservice to all Kiwi savers.

Dying Dad taught me how to live

Duncan Garner says we let work distract us from what really matters: family, friends and the joys of new experiences.

OPINION: Duncan Garner: So, Dad, it's five years ago this week that you died of cancer.

An F for a fiscal flop

Duncan Garner says Bill English has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Budget gets a big fat 'F' for fiscal failure but it's a B for beneficiaries. They also deserve an A for audacious politics.

A CGT by any other name...

Finance Minister Bill English will bring in more housing measure in today's Budget.

OPINION: Like Humpty Dumpty it seems MPs want their words to mean only what they choose them to mean.

Why I cringed at the visit of the ginga prince

Prince Harry  has to play cute every day, rain or shine, until he pops his regal clogs.

OPINION: The call of the ginga is has faded from the land, and Rosemary McLeod is much relieved.

How a paddock can become outstanding

Joe Bennett in the paddock behind his house.

OPINION: What would you call an acre of steep land covered in waist-high grass, gorse and broom and walled on two sides by massive pines that groan in the wind? Well, I'd call it my back paddock, and so would you if you saw it, but neither you nor I are a city council.

Jack Body: A vanishing breed

Composer Jack Body was an exceptional teacher who also wrote the theme music for Close to Home.

OPINION: I have had at least half a dozen fantastic teachers. One of those was composer Jack Body, who died a week ago.

Going blue, seeing red

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Contracting firm, Human Synergistics, uses a circumplex system to measure and change the thinking and behavior styles of staff at the Ministry of Social Development.   Blue illustrates good behaviour, while red and green are unfavourable.

OPINION: Turning people blue is a lucrative business, it seems.

Time to steady the ship or rock the boat

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 15:  Prime Minister John Key speaks while Finance Minister Bill English looks on during the 2014 budget presentation at Parliament on May 15, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. Bill English delivered his sixth budget which included a $493 million families package, which includes extending paid parental leave and will introduce free doctors' visits and prescriptions for under 13s. It was also announced that the Government Budget would run at a surplus of $372 million for the 12 months to June 30, 2015.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

OPINION: Is this the Budget when National finally starts testing the boundaries of its huge election year mandate?

Time to end sweet nothings and act on child obesity crisis

Duncan Garner believes the flag referendum is a huge waste of money.

OPINION: Don’t expect an assault on obesity and its related killer diseases in next week’s Budget.

Little keen to attack Key on economy

Andrew Little has spent a lot of his first months as Labour leader speaking with the business sector.

OPINION: Andrew Little has been content to work on establishing himself as a credible leader and – he hopes – future prime minister.

Boorish behaviour wrongly blamed on booze

Dunedin's infamous Hyde St party.

OPINION: It's easy to blame the booze for terrible university students, but it's not that simple.

A day free of chocolate and fluffy pink slippers

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: The day I’m given pink fluffy slippers will be when I abandon all maternal thoughts.

Global cataclysm, a fun game for the whole family

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Author Joe Bennett
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OPINION: With conflict and chaos abounding there's never been a better time for a round of Catabingo.

Tired of Auckland property yarns

Photo: Ella Brockelsby. Linda Burges and Jane Bowron at We Love TV - Tuesday 19th March 2013. Ponsonby Central, Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Ella Brockelsby

OPINION: Aren’t you sick of Auckland-centric stories dominating the news?

Flight attendants are so much more than trolley dollies

Thanks to the Air New Zealand, the koru sign is indelibly printed on the minds of Kiwis as one of the country's emblems

OPINION: Air New Zealand needs to forget the PR rubbish and highlight the professionalism of its frontline staff.

Flag debate, spend $26m on kids

Duncan Garner believes the flag referendum is a huge waste of money.

OPINION: I couldn’t give a toss about changing our current flag. I just can’t get excited about the debate.

Princesses, perfection and real-life parenting

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 worry for the Duchess of Cambridge that she's too perfect.

The classified ads; all human life is there

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Author Joe Bennett
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OPINION: The world is yours, if you read the fine print of the classified ads.

Hats off to those who escaped

Photo: Ella Brockelsby. Linda Burges and Jane Bowron at We Love TV - Tuesday 19th March 2013. Ponsonby Central, Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Ella Brockelsby

OPINION: Hilarious names are the only thing to envy at Gloriavale, says 'Chastity Fortitude.'

Garner: Are manners sexist?

Wolf whistling is unacceptable, so why should the victims of it need to alter their behaviour instead of the perpetrators?

OPINION: I like holding doors open, to me it's a little sign of good manners. Or sexist. You decide.

Indonesia's history of brutality

Supporters of the two Australian convicted drug traffickers, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, executed in Indonesia gather at a vigil before the pair were shot.

OPINION: Indonesia has often been led by corrupt and brutal politicians. Perhaps this is because countries like ours, with our ‘me too’ foreign policy, have condoned Indonesia’s bad behaviour for over 50 years.

The chance that was missed on Anzac Day

Spending $650 million on 105 light armoured vehicles in 2001 was crazy.

OPINION: Something was missing amid the outpouring of sentiment surrounding the Gallipoli centenary.

Is ponytail the latest example of cavalier Key?

Will the ponytail episode take the wind out of John Key's sails?

OPINION: We've got a housing crisis in our biggest city, we are falling short of our flagship economic promise...and, oh yes, I repeatedly pulled a waitress's ponytail.

Obsessing over health clouds our ability to live life

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: We may be better educated than people have ever been in the history of our race, but we still have our issues.

Language of commerce has worn us all down

Columnist Joe Bennett.

OPINION: It's everywhere. It's impossible to avoid. It's commercial language.

Action needed to control housing inflation

There are ways to curb booming Auckland property prices.

OPINION: Despite Bill English saying 'pretty much not really anything' to do about Auckland['s housing boom, there are quite a few things that could be done.

When sought-after public opinion is ignored

Photo: Ella Brockelsby. Linda Burges and Jane Bowron at We Love TV - Tuesday 19th March 2013. Ponsonby Central, Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Ella Brockelsby

OPINION: Why bother asking citizens to buy into a feel-good share idea scheme and then disregard their suggestions?

War was hell and hardship, not guts and glory

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: It is odd to be linked by memory to a depressing time in history that everyone else is excited about.

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