Karl du Fresne

Waiting for fallout of bizarre election

Kim Dotcom

OPINION: What a campaign. Its most striking feature has been the attempt by agenda-driven activists to influence the outcome.

Social media spurs prejudice

OPINION: Social media's influence is what has made this the ugliest NZ election campaign in memory.

Latta day saint overlooks facts

NIgel latta

OPINION: Nigel Latta is one of those phenomenons that happen when you're not looking. One day, no one had heard of him; the next, it seemed you couldn't turn on your TV set without seeing him.

Socialism as a champagne supernova

Bob Harvey

OPINION: I was intrigued to hear Sir Bob Harvey, the personable former Waitakere mayor, describe himself recently as a socialist.

Noise aversion

Ear

OPINION: Some sudden, intrusive sounds provoke what I can only describe as an involuntary, irrational rage.

Dangerous to silence sceptics

deepwater horizon

OPINION: Is it any surprise that people tune out when they hear the cries of global warming alarmists? The words "boy" and "wolf" come to mind.

Mistakes in RNZ changes

Radio

OPINION: I see someone has started a "Keep Jim Mora in Afternoons" Facebook page. Is this the tip of a rather large iceberg?

Mana has eye on cash

Mana and Dotcom

OPINION: Whatever else you might think of Sue Bradford, she sticks to her principles. You have to respect her for walking away in disgust from the Internet-Mana pantomime.

Public shrug off lather

pm

OPINION: For weeks, political news was dominated by allegations swirling around Justice Minister Judith Collins. Night after night, it was the lead item on television news bulletins.

Ignorance rife on social media

obama strap

OPINION: Heard of Barraco Barner? Possibly not. But according to a 20-year-old English beautician, he's the president of Britain and he really shouldn't be getting involved in Ukraine's problems.

People doing good things just ain't news

Masterton

OPINION: Sigh. It’s happened again. Masterton has been back in the news, and for all the wrong reasons.

Is easygoing a good thing?

new zealand flag

OPINION: We're generally an easy-going lot, we New Zealanders. Problem is, I can't decide whether that's good or bad.

Tough times for Australia

Holden Commodore.

OPINION: The Holden and the Falcon are Australia on wheels, but they survived only through massive taxpayer handouts.

Election circus already under way

rachel reese

OPINION: It's started already, and the election is still months away.

Benefits not for luxuries

Generic money

OPINION: Few New Zealanders begrudge some of their taxes being spent on welfare for people who really need it. But ...

Commodore corrupt on power

Frank Bainimarama strap

OPINION: We don't seem to hear a lot about Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama these days. Perhaps that's because we prefer not to think about him.

Pronouncing Maori right

te reo

OPINION: I'm not one for New Year's resolutions, but I've made one for 2014. I've decided this will be the year when I make an effort to pronounce Maori names correctly.

Black Marx for uni wowsers

Otago University

OPINION: What on earth has happened to Dunedin? I've always thought of it as a city of hard-working, practical people.

Let's keep our democracy

Auckland skyline

OPINION: The latest census confirms what was obvious: NZ has quietly undergone a profound demographic revolution.

Du Fresne: Mysteries of a modern life

downton

OPINION: Karl du Fresne has more pressing questions for our troubled times.

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