Dave Armstrong

NZ First an MMP survivor

winston peters

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

Whangarei kills reason to visit

hundertwasser

OPINION: In declining to fund the planned Hundertwasser Arts Centre, council has delivered a major blow to Whangarei.

Shifting of allegiances over UN

John Key and Helen Clark

With his clear resolve to stay out of Iraq, John Key is sounding like Helen Clark - has the Government had a philosophical change of heart?

Game offers a wave of hope

Football World Cup

GOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!! screamed the television commentators as Brazilian defender Marcelo scored the first goal of the 2014 World Cup. Admittedly his goal was for Croatia, but it was good to see the game get off to a dramatic start.

Verdict on Banks raises many questions

John Banks guilty

OPINION: Some may argue that John Banks mellowed in later years. I'm not sure.

Bucks trump talent for immigrants

coins money new zealand kiwi

OPINION: Immigration criteria have changed: how good a citizen you will make doesn't matter as much as your bank account.

Te Papa should look locally

LTOR exhibition

OPINION: Te Papa has been incredibly popular with many overseas visitors and critics, as well as ordinary Kiwis.

Departure a painful blow for Labour

Shane Jones

OPINION: Yet again, Labour last week found itself making the news for all the wrong reasons.

Cinema doesn't need liquor

penthouse cinema

OPINION: I have often complained about New Zealand's unhealthy binge-drinking culture, so seeing Penthouse Cinema denied an Easter liquor licence gave me great pleasure.

Sycophancy is outdated

OPINION: What are the royals, but celebrities?

Prince George

OPINION: New Zealand has a proud history of sucking up to the monarchy, and though republicans like myself are ever-hopeful that it will stop, who are we trying to kid?

Backing of Pacific voters not assured

David Cunliffe and Poto Williams

OPINION: Pacific people are suffering more under this Government, but the Pacific vote is not entirely Labour's for the taking.

Maori Television keeps others honest

ben hurley

OPINION: Maori Television reminds me of Kiwibank - it may not be that big in terms of numbers, but it keeps the others honest.

Handbagging has just begun

Hekia Parata

OPINION: I'm no expert on Olympic diving but I'm sure there must be a move involving a triple somersault double back-flip with an aggressive twist at the end that is called a Hekia Parata.

National's mode of business

Judith Collins

OPINION: You could be forgiven for forgetting Judith Collins is the minister of justice.

It's the little guys who suffer

Martin Bosley

OPINION: Some years ago, a client took me to a restaurant to discuss working together.

Glory from Kiwi aviation success story

Air New Zealand and Qantas

OPINION: As fully privatised airline Qantas tanks, Air New Zealand returns about $70m to the Kiwi taxpayer.

Easy ride on transport issues

Go Wellington bus generic

OPINION: Public transport presents a dilemma for officials - there are plenty of problems, but few obvious solutions.

Public's dream was sunk

America's Cup

OPINION: Revelations about the America's Cup show that when sponsors and taxpayers get into bed, the sponsor usually is on top.

No justification for coffee surcharges

Coffee Art

OPINION: With Waitangi Day occurring on a Thursday this year, Kiwis took full advantage of the public holiday.

Facebook ban strangely logical

David Cunliffe

OPINION: Every time the Opposition pulls slightly ahead in the polls, it quickly shoots itself in the foot and it's back to level pegging.