Politics' sick soap opera


OPINION: And so the sky fell in. Whatever you think of Nicky Hager, you've got to admit he's slick.

No bones about sale to kids

New World

OPINION: Children make top customers with their lack of critical judgment, trust in adults and slavery to appetites.

Dirty tactics, or just politics?

Nicky Hager

OPINION: For press gallery journalists frantically skimming through Hager's book, its revelations seemed less surprising than they may to the rest of the public.

Joe Bennett: Ah love


OPINION: Ah men. Ah women. Ah love. It does such damage. Here's the story of a friend.

Socialism as a champagne supernova

Bob Harvey

OPINION: I was intrigued to hear Sir Bob Harvey, the personable former Waitakere mayor, describe himself recently as a socialist.

Key cleverly takes Centre-stage

John Key

OPINION: John Key's decision to vote in favour of the anti-smacking bill meant middle-class liberals could now vote for National with a clear conscience.

Gaza craziness

rosemary mcleod

OPINION: I had a kosher breakfast after the Berlin Wall came down, in a former synagogue that was now a bistro.

Sky to fall in over flyover

Basin Reserve flyover

OPINION: Howzat! The umpires have rejected the dodgy pitch of the NZ Transport Agency for a Basin Reserve flyover.

Nowhere to hide

Southland Times photo

OPINION: Everything he said circled back to the point that his time in the Beehive was ending. It was like he was dying.

Noise aversion


OPINION: Some sudden, intrusive sounds provoke what I can only describe as an involuntary, irrational rage.

NZ First an MMP survivor

winston peters

OPINION: You could be forgiven for not noticing that NZ First had turned 21.

My memory of the river is vivid

Whanganui River

OPINION: The purity and cleanliness of our waterways now possess much, much more than mere aesthetic value.

Teachers, have ye made a match?


OPINION: When I taught English, no-one wanted to know what I thought about it. Now that I don't, they sometimes do.

Needs must when deals wrought

Vernon Small

OPINION: Memo to voters: look less at what they say they will do and more at what they may need to do to win power.

Patting himself on the back

David Cunliffe

OPINION: I doubt very much that rapists and violent offenders will respond to Cunliffe's battle cry of "stop this bullshit!"

School donation policy appeals

Murray McCully

OPINION: Last week a rare thing happened in the political world.

The distortion of massive power


OPINION: The energy of the small is dragged off to augment the momentum of the large.

Really so heinous?

John Banks guilty

OPINION: Many people like John Banks don't buy the view that welfare would have been good for them.

What? Football at the World Cup?

Fifa Football World Cup Trophy

OPINION: Welcome to the Fifa 2014 World Cup, with football being but a mere sideshow to big money.

Internet-Mana creates a crowded Left

Internet Mana Party

OPINION: What's next on the comeback trail? Los Del Rio and the Macarena?

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