Columnists

Spare us festival of the super-fit

Buses were laid on for runners after their exertions, but they ought to have sauntered home, writes Jane Bowron.

OPINION: Are the rest of us sloths supposed to look on admiringly at these narcissists, asks Jane Bowron.

Would you wade into a 'Smithable' river?

Not wading but swimming: Nick Smith prepares for a dip in the Manawatu River in 2016.

OPINION: Baby boomers like me remember clean rivers - and we vote. Dave Armstrong writes.

Tackling rugby's dark side

The tragic death of Wallaby rugby player Dan Vickerman poses hard questions about what happens to rugby players after ...

OPINION: Not all the players have a plan to cope when the superstar lifestyle ends.

Farewell Jane Roe, complicated champion of abortion rights

Norma McCorvey, right, was the anonymous plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe vs Wade ...

OPINION: She was full of contradictions, like all of us.

It's all bag

The dog as accessory.

Opinion: It was a dog day afternoon for Jane Bowron.

The Ohariu charade

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne.

Opinion: This year, both Tory and Green supporters could be holding their nose as they cast their vote in Ohariu.

Garner: Disaster in the making?

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee, left, Mayor of Selwyn District Sam Broughton and Prime Minister Bill English ...

OPINION: Who was in control as Christchurch hills and homes were ravaged by fire? No-one very smart is the answer.

No place like home

Bill English the puppet at the Backbenchers pub.

Opinion: American visitors get a taste of what makes New Zealand special and distinctive.

Stop shaming 'granny panties'

The Daily Mail Australia has apologised to Australian TV presenter Samantha Armytage for publishing a story that mocked ...

OPINION: Let's be honest - they're the heroes of the underwear world.

Trump beggars belief

Donald Trump specialises in bullying, lying and boasting, says Joe Bennett.

OPINION: Donald Trump has undercut the belief on which Western democracy is based - that the world can be made better.

Just what Wellington needs

A congested Ruahine St, in Hataitai.

Opinion: A day in the life of a car commuter.

The new Resistance

The people have risen up against Donald Trump's policies.

Opinion: It's only a matter of time before the resistance movement in the US goes underground as people fear to freely express themselves and gather together.

A force for good

Duncan Garner, left, and Dave Letele, aka the "Brown Buttabean''.

OPINION: Duncan Garner is on a mission to become a new bloke.

Embarrassment of riches

Donald Trump is proving that however rich you are, making a lot of money just means you're good at making money, says ...

They might be good at making money but rich people aren't good at politics, writes Rosemary McLeod.

Pigeons and perseverance

Kereru are fine birds.

There is much to love about pigeons, writes Joe Bennett.

The new terrorism

Donald Trump

The leader of the 'free' world has made not only his own country unsafe, but also those of his allies, writes Jane Bowron.

Like the yo-yo, Sevens is over

Dressing up for the sevens.

It's time to end the lament for the annual sevens fiesta in Wellington and move on, writes Dave Armstrong.

Garner: 6 ways to win an election

Where will this election be won and lost?

OPINION: The economy's doing okay; hence Labour's attack on Bill English as a ''follower'', not a leader.

What voters really want

Election year make-over - Andrew Little has ditched the glasses and smartened up his wardrobe.

Opinion: Do politicians really know how you are going to vote even before you do?

Trump and restrained reporting

Donald Trump has severed the torch-bearing arm from the Statue of Liberty and plunged America into darkness, according ...

Opinion: The internet makes it easy for a person to hunt out news sites that only confirm their prejudices.

The reality gap

An organised dog fight in China. We'd put such savage pastimes behind us in the civilised world until it became possible ...

We risk forgetting the ties that bind us into a world fit to live in, writes Rosemary McLeod.

A despot and his decrees

You can see the despot even in Donald Trump's handshake, says Joe Bennett.  He brings his hand down from above. He puts ...

Trump's rise to political power reminds us that there is nothing guaranteed about democratic civilisation, writes Joe Bennett.

Time for Melania's extreme makeover

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump is pictured at a campaign rally in Wilmington, North ...

Start with the blank gaze that makes it look like she has a dead fireplace for a soul, writes Jane Bowron.

One cheer for President Trump

Trump signs an executive order on US withdrawal from the TPP.

He did what no Labour PM would - slaughtered the TPP dragon, writes Dave Armstrong.

English right to snub Waitangi's hotheads

Prime Minister Bill English has made it clear he will not go to Te Tii Marae on Waitangi Day in 2017.

OPINION: The PM has done more to understand Maori than any other I recall.

We've doomed our animal mirror images

Colo, a contemporary of Joe Bennett's, was the oldest gorilla in captivity when she died.

Where our fellow primates once lived, soon we'll grow palm oil, writes Joe Bennett.

Steering us toward a future without drivers

Are you ready for driverless cars, like this Volvo XC90?

OPINION: We've been warned that autonomous vehicles are coming - ready or not - and we'd better embrace the future.

Bright lights, big city, heart of darkness

Keeping the lights on is more important than a runway extension, says Dave Armstrong.

OPINION: How many council employees does it take to change a light bulb? One to change the bulb and 14 to work in the call centre?

Love is not in the air

Air New Zealand has the habit of changing its livery to cash in on whatever's trending, whether it's the Rugby World Cup ...

Air NZ has cultivated a successful public image, but some have a less positive view, writes Karl du Fresne.

The obscenity of super wealth

The super wealthy love to own superyachts.

NZ's super rich are not an inspiration to the bottom 30%, who just want a job and a home, writes Rosemary McLeod.

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