Columnists

Tickets not the only thing scalped

One way to avoid the ticket queues is to get a season ticket.

OPINION: Ticket scalping is just taking the free market to its logical extreme.

Dalai Lama could learn a lot from Pope Francis

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama turns 80 in July.

OPINION: Kiwi singer Lorde has been recorded on a celebrity medley album for the Dalai Lama to help raise his profile with a younger audience.

Garner: Can the Canes finally do it after 20 years?

Will Conrad Smith and Ma'a Nonu have a fairytale ending to their time in the Hurricanes jersey?

OPINION: I've waited nearly 20 long and painful years to write this.

Different tastes when it comes to baring bodies

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 can take or leave other peoples' nudity, but mainly I'd rather leave it. You can have too much of a good thing.

Fairy-stories no basis for decisions

Stingrays are no spiritual guardian of our lagoons.

It's one thing to respect Maori heritage, but that doesn't mean deferring to folklore that we know to be absurd.

Future remains unclear, but fog starts to lift

Joe Bennett received a call that no child wants to receive.

OPINION: The stroke ward was called Solomon. My mother was on a bed in the corner. I didn't immediately recognise her. She was slumped to one side, asleep.

News, views and meat markets

Sausages, part of any self-respecting meat pack.

OPINION: I was having yet another tedious argument along the lines of everything being ‘the media’s fault these days’.

Devices have stolen my life, my wife

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Duncan Garner which is to go with the TV Week Screen Test for Tuesday 22 Jan.

OPINION: I start with a confession – I'm as guilty as sin on this one. My wife is too.

It's not Maori TV 's job to be respectful

Former Maori TV presenter Mihi Forbes

OPINION: Let's hope the new Native Affairs' biggest challenge won't be dealing with management.

A far from super experience trying to make an appointment

Getting an appointment at Work and Income isn't as easy as you'd think.

OPINION: One of the crowning accomplishments of technology is that it has enabled the government bureaucracy to place itself out of reach of the people it’s supposed to serve.

More than a sign of excess, it's a tourist attraction

A new sign for MBIE outside Stout St, Wellington, which cost almost $70,000.

OPINION: I took time out this week to visit our new historic monument, at MBIE.

Chickening out and picking pockets in the Czech Republic

Prague Castle is like a separate town on a hilltop.

OPINION: It happened on the No 22 tram. Or rather it almost happened on the No 22 and it will since have happened on a different tram.

Rolf Harris' arrogance alarming to behold

Entertainer Rolf Harris arrives for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London July 4, 2014.

OPINION: You’ve got to wonder at the arrogance and stupidity of convicted sex offender Rolf Harris.

Dumping Wilde will not solve regional council's problems

Fran Wilde has resigned as regional council chairwoman.

OPINION: The public perception of the regional council is not good and just getting rid of Fran Wilde as chairwoman will not fix that.

Garner: Parents should be in dock

Dairy owner Arun Kumar, 57, was stabbed to death at his Auckland dairy.

OPINION: There's an issue that has more than bugged me all week - it’s made me bloody angry.

Yes Minister all over again

Sir Humphrey Appleby with his minister, Jim Hacker, in Yes Minister. Have government ministers been taking lessons?

OPINION: OPINION: Real life imitated satire this week as the Government lurched from one self-dug hole to the next.

Everest a mission too far

One Thing to Try: Lamb's Fry with Bacon

Everest is a challenge with cold offerings.

Super and welfare not the same

National superannuation is not as lavish as some people make out.

OPINION: If I were an assistant professor I might not expect to get national super, or need it, ever.

Move over John Milton, there's a new poet in town

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Author Joe Bennett
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OPINION: It's not every day I fall in love with a bloke from the eighteenth century. It happened by epitaph.

Key needs to show he is not a wimp on worker safety

The death of a man buried under rubble  at a Canterbury quarry has put the focus back on worker safety.

OPINION: With the Health and Safety Reform Bill, John Key has a historic opportunity. He can 'show some guts' and actively ensure that legislation with teeth is passed that will protect New Zealand's most vulnerable workers, in big and small businesses.

Flying solo: Odd One out

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: Shedding excess baggage is an ongoing process, writes Jane Bowron.

Garner: Cold-hearted Nick Smith

Environment minister Nick Smith says new measures to reduce plastic bag use are not justified.

OPINION: This week I met Amelia Tovo. She lives in a cold, damp state house with her six children.

Judge unfairly treated for doing his job

Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales, who died in the early hours of the morning of June 5.

OPINION: Justice David Collins drew the short straw when he was assigned to hear Lecretia Seales’ case seeking the right to die at a time of her own choosing.

Counting the cost of an unhealthy home

Ministers are weighing the cost of regulating rental homes.

OPINION: First some faint praise.

The rich grow old disgracefully

Kate Moss: a bad example is what she’s paid to be.

OPINION: The richest people in the world never grow up, they just grow older disgracefully, give the world the finger, and stay put of hellholes.

Bacon, eggs and joy in a pastry pie

Joe Bennett.

OPINION: Want pleasure? No. I take that back. I start again.

Jones a fine swap for Kirks

Kirkcaldie & Stains store on Lambton Quay, Wellington.

OPINION: I am both sad and happy to hear Kirkcaldie & Stains is closing down.

Garner: Death in a state house

Emma-Lita Bourne died from a brain haemorrhage at the age of 15 months.

OPINION: Many of my friends have returned home from overseas in recent years because they say this is still the best place to raise children.

Why our kids are not learning their maths

Many schools make maths a formal written subject, which bores many kids.

OPINION: Opinion: When it comes to maths, most of us treat what is essentially an art form as bad medicine that must be endured. I'm not sure making kids do even more rote learning – the same way Isis recruits learn the Koran – is the answer.

The chauvinistic horrors of Gloriavale

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 ongoing story of Gloriavale, the West Coast Christian cult, is a Gothic tale that makes for great winter Sunday night entertainment - but not before dinner.

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