Karl du Fresne
Mocking other people's accents is an age-old way of asserting cultural and social superiority.
I wonder, was this the most demoralising election result ever for the New Zealand Left?
OPINION: What a campaign. Its most striking feature has been the attempt by agenda-driven activists to influence the outcome.
OPINION: Social media's influence is what has made this the ugliest NZ election campaign in memory.
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.
OPINION: I was intrigued to hear Sir Bob Harvey, the personable former Waitakere mayor, describe himself recently as a socialist.
OPINION: Some sudden, intrusive sounds provoke what I can only describe as an involuntary, irrational rage.
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.
OPINION: I see someone has started a "Keep Jim Mora in Afternoons" Facebook page. Is this the tip of a rather large iceberg?
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.
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.
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.
OPINION: Sigh. It’s happened again. Masterton has been back in the news, and for all the wrong reasons.
OPINION: We're generally an easy-going lot, we New Zealanders. Problem is, I can't decide whether that's good or bad.
OPINION: The Holden and the Falcon are Australia on wheels, but they survived only through massive taxpayer handouts.
OPINION: It's started already, and the election is still months away.
OPINION: Few New Zealanders begrudge some of their taxes being spent on welfare for people who really need it. But ...
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.
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.
OPINION: What on earth has happened to Dunedin? I've always thought of it as a city of hard-working, practical people.