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Ode to unknown shopper

Why do we need celebrity chefs like the coy Nigella Lawson?

OPINION: In a time of mayhem, murder and Trump I bring you a celebration of the ordinary, my Hymn to the Unknown Shopper.

From student farce to American tragedy

Donald Trump voters are driven by a toxic mix of moral indignation and violent desire to punish an American they no ...

OPINION: Trump voters driven by toxic mix of moral indignation and violent desire to punish a US they no longer recognise.

Garner: My biggest fear

The average price of an Auckland house is an astronomical $970,000.

Do I tell my children to move to Levin, or will they still be working in their 80s to pay off their mortgages?

Moving from 'yes we can' to 'what is this?'

Roger Ailes, the outgoing chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations.

OPINION: Back in November 2008 I had the privilege of watching Obama's election night victory speech on television with my father.

Is it a case of male vanity?

Mick Jagger may be afflicted with the same peculiar form of male vanity that led Hugh Hefner, at 82, to marry a woman 60 ...

OPINION: With Mick Jagger there seems to be one constant: that Mick comes first.

We're blessed with uneventfulness

Cringe-making or a sign of how out of touch we are? When United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, right, ...

OPINION: New Zealand is a kind of Norfolk, surely, far away from places where they're currently hunting Pokemons or committing mass murder

Painful price of inattention

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan react to a Turkish military tank in front of the Turkish Parliament ...

OPINION: Never feed a log burner while watching a coup d'état.

Is this garden a good move?

A drawing of the proposed new Chinese Garden for Frank Kitts Park.

OPINION: Wellington has had a significant Chinese community for over a century.

Health Minister v Treasury

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says he had to fight "tooth and nail" for the National Bowel Screening programme ...

The Government's rushed its bowel screening programme, no doubt. But Treasury would rather no programme.

Cry wolf whistle

Sophia Loren:   Italian men worshipped her bottom's heart-stopping voluptuousness as it walked by and left them weak in ...

OPINION: If wolf whistles are deemed wicked, what of a hot look, or an admiring glance.

When you don't have a leg to stand on

Pretty women can have a lot to contend with, even a 50-year-old ex-Miss America like Gretchen Carlson.

OPINION: Everyone should watch Fox News a few times a year, if only to be reminded of why women have legs. It’s certainly not for walking.

Robots coming to a job near you

New recruit "Pepper" the robot, a humanoid robot designed to welcome and take care of visitors and patients, holds the ...

OPINION: Robots, it seems, are heading our way in force to free the likes of you and me from work. But for what?

Bowron: betting the house

If you could do an NCEA subject in housing they'd have to accredit the whole country as we are so clued up on the ...

OPINION: Not everyone is going to get out of this housing market debacle alive, writes Jane Bowron.

Bowron: The week in review

If you could do an NCEA subject in housing they'd have to accredit the whole country as we are so clued up on the ...

OPINION: Not everyone is going to get out of this housing market debacle alive, writes Jane Bowron.

Tide turning on Key's popularity?

The election may well hinge on who runs the economy: John Key and Bill English or...

OPINION: National's succession plan is every bit as important as its 2017 election campaign plan.

Garner: The digital future

The Government has announced that digital technology will be formally made part of the New Zealand schools curriculum in ...

Is the Government doing enough to prepare our children for the new jobs in a digital future?

Armstrong: Curly candidate questions

The trick is to vote for the mayoral candidate who'll get Wellington moving. Figuring out which candidate will make that ...

OPINION: Dave Armstrong's largely unscientific guide to choosing the capital's next mayor.

Life isn't meant to be lived in fast forward

Watching a good film or TV programme in fast-forward would be like eating your favourite food via a stomach tube that ...

OPINION: Watching a good film in fast-forward would be like eating your favourite food via a stomach tube that bypasses the tastebuds.

When love beat hate

We have come a very long way on gay rights, and as a country we should be proud of that. But legislation is only one ...

Grant Robertson was a teenager, struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, when the Homosexual Law Reform Bill passed 30 years ago.

A blooming great idea

Let's all tug and spread a little joy.

OPINION: The unconscious mind works better when the conscious one is busy with something else.

Generations at war

Soldiers  march to Wellington to  embark on ships heading to the front in World War 1.

OPINION: Spanking, hidings, parents damaged by war - Boomers suffered for their golden age.

Uniforms Olympian in their mediocrity

Athletes showcase the new New Zealand Olympic uniform for Rio.

OPINION: Remember "cultural cringe"? We thought it'd been tucked away, but it's back.

Garner: For richer, for poorer

The richest 10 per cent now own 60 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand. The bottom 40 per cent scrape by with just 3 ...

OPINION: The gap between rich and poor is turning into a chasm - but this Government just doesn't seem to care.

What good is swimming if you're just going to get sick?

Taputeranga Island at Island Bay, Wellington.

OPINION: For those of us who rarely go out of town during the summer holidays, a swim in the ocean is something to which we greatly look forward.

How have Boomers stuffed thee?

Retirement for this couple looks rosy. How nice for them, with their mortgage-free homestead, zero student loan debt and ...

OPINION: The older generation has been setting up millennials for a fall for quite some time now.

Mike Hosking and racism

Mike Hosking displays a wilful blindness to the evidence of racism that amounts to arrogance.

OPINION: Mike Hosking performs a valuable public role showing what racism looks like: pale-skinned, privileged, and smug.

The power of identity

The  British royal family - their heritage is as German as bratwurst.

OPINION: Oooh, isn't Brexit interesting. It feels like the biggest shift in global politics for 70 years

Bowron: Rue Britannia over Brexit

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Brexit. Union Jack. British. United Kingdom.

OPINION: The Brexit result will be felt far and wide - even here in New Zealand.

Wellington's cable car: Saving an 'icon'

Wellington's cable car travels between the CBD and Thorndon.

OPINION: It would be an incredibly stupid politician who stopped the funding for Wellington's cable car.

Garner: Time to tax tourists

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OPINION: We're making billions from tourists flooding into NZ, but we should sting them for a bit more.

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