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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.

Propaganda and prestige propel presidential hopefuls

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

OPINION: Do you find US presidential campaigns entertaining? Me too.

Pushing for a cycle-friendly capital

0102015 Photo: Christiane Howe. Supporters of the Island Bay cycleway adorned themselves in body paint on Saturday as they demanded no delays to the cycleway process. Georgie Allison(left) and Hils Corkran lead the way.

OPINION: In the early 1990s, I found myself working in the inner city.

Deep waters ahead

Water flows out of a lagoon at Kaiteriteri.

OPINION: John Key is telling the nation there is nothing to fear over the long-running debate over iwi rights to freshwater.

Special resonance to this year's Poppy Day

05112014 news photo: Viv Posselt/Fairfax NZ: POPPY: poppy pic for Armistice Day. generic

OPINION: Preparations are well under way for the Returned and Services Association (RSA) Poppy Day Appeal tomorrow.

It's time to junk the junkets - and send the Speaker packing

Speaker of the House, David Carter.

OPINION: There's a cosy convention in Parliament that MPs should not publicly criticise the Speaker.

MP perks can't be justified

06112014 News photo. Jarred Williamson/Fairfax NZ. An All-black Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on final approach at Auckland International Airport

OPINION: How is paying for a bunch of relative unknowns to be wined and dined across Europe somehow for the greater good?

Trash Palace closure a great loss for community

Trash Palace recycling unit in Porirua shut early after the workers were told the Mana Recovery Trust has been forced to cease operating.

OPINION: Over a decade ago I was writing some material for a kids' TV science show and the issue of recycling came up.

Coming to terms with the loss of a beloved pet

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: It’s been more than two months since Benecio drew his last breath.

Playing the terror card a powerful election ploy

07042015 News Photo:David Walker/Fairfax NZ. Prime Minister John Key was in Bromley to officially open and tour the new Rylock factory.

OPINION: The impact of terrorism has played a part in many Western elections since 9/11.

Desirability behind the next big thing

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Frankton's Cafe Agora make their own "Cronuts" and are selling out each day.
-- manager/baker, Israel Cook with a fresh batch ready to go out the door.
Hamilton

OPINION: Ever get the feeling the consumerist society is getting just a bit out of hand?

Bachelor mix of ancient and modern

The coveted long stemmed red rose is given to show that The Bachelor has formed yet another unique bond.

OPINION: Tinder meets 'Shucks Howdy Do Ma'am' as each week The Bachelor awards a girl a one-on-one date.

The second coming of Brian the resilient rooster

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Cliff  Inwood and his daughter Chelsea, 17 preparing an Australorp rooster for a show. Alcohol painted onto its comb to bring out the red.

OPINION: If you think you've read this story before you're sort of right.

Advance Australia Unfair

Duncan Garner

OPINION: We don't have to copy them but we can learn from the Aussies, and back ourselves more often.

How to deal with misbehaving students

St Bede's rowers Jordan Kennedy and Jack Bell.

OPINION: When I was at secondary school, after fooling around in class one day, I was summoned, along with three other miscreants, by the dean.

Painful legacy of parenting wrongs

Child Sex Abuse: We’ve looked away for too long

OPINION: If I'm honest about my mother, as out of loyalty I hesitate to be, my over-riding memory of her is fear.

Parenting wrongs create a lasting legacy

Domestic violence.

OPINION: If I'm honest about my mother, as out of loyalty I hesitate to be, my over-riding memory of her is fear.

Dancing in the graveyard

Columnist Joe Bennett

OPINION: In the face of appalling danger the matador and the ski-jumper seek the same thing. That thing is elegance, grace. They wrest beauty out of mortal peril. Each dances in a graveyard.

Who can't you call? Ghost buses

Loaded up: Wellington's bus service has improved, but still battles to keep up with demand during big events.

OPINION: Why do so many empty buses seem to be heading to the mystical suburb known as Not In Service?

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