NZ is sending military advisers, who won't see combat, to combat the threat of Islamic State.
Wellington has many great eating places - those I frequent do great coffee, but are let down on service.
OPINION: How do you eat without coming down with some ghastly food-poisoning bug?
OPINION: Once upon a time in New Zealand, state houses really were joyous places.
OPINION: A million-dollar-per-metre airport runway extension would allow flights from Dubai and Dallas and open up our economy.
OPINION: One of the first things a victorious PM John Key promised in 2008 was to reform MMP.
OPINION: Labour's tax policy will lead to higher taxes for the wealthy, though not nearly as high as when those famous Marxists Keith Holyoake and Jack Marshall ruled.
OPINION: The first stage of the Island Bay cycle way will proceed, but can it lead to a more cycle-friendly city?
OPINION: My employer doesn't reprimand me for Maori greetings, unlike the boss of a woman in Whangarei.
OPINION: The reaction to Nicky Hager's latest book, Dirty Politics, reads like something out of a Nicky Hager book.
OPINION: Susan Devoy kept rather quiet during the first months of her job and, by her own admission, underwent a 'learning curve'.
OPINION: Howzat! The umpires have rejected the dodgy pitch of the NZ Transport Agency for a Basin Reserve flyover.
OPINION: You could be forgiven for not noticing that NZ First had turned 21.
OPINION: In declining to fund the planned Hundertwasser Arts Centre, council has delivered a major blow to Whangarei.
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?
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.
OPINION: Some may argue that John Banks mellowed in later years. I'm not sure.
OPINION: Immigration criteria have changed: how good a citizen you will make doesn't matter as much as your bank account.
OPINION: Te Papa has been incredibly popular with many overseas visitors and critics, as well as ordinary Kiwis.
OPINION: Yet again, Labour last week found itself making the news for all the wrong reasons.