OPINION: For ages now I've noticed how the people I know are getting older, though I remain blessed with eternal youth.
OPINION: News that a West Coast school was in a flap over sex education made me nostalgic for the comforting imaginary past.
OPINION: It's a hard fact to swallow, but swallow you must: some people won't like you. I mean, really really won't like you – and never will.
OPINION: In a world so hypersensitive about rights, the state's right to take a baby from its mother just hours after birth makes me uneasy.
OPINION: We're inclined to think that romantic love or the love of parent and child are the only forms of love worth celebrating.
OPINION: Justin Bieber's antics make me nervous for Lorde, despite her apparent level-headedness.
OPINION: It's a rare event to see a chief executive put his own foot in his mouth and swallow it, but Mark Powell of the Warehouse has managed that remarkable feat.
OPINION: How do I dislike ACC? Let me count the ways.
OPINION: My grandfather was a kid of 20 when he signed up for the war to end all wars.
OPINION: The true beating heart of the world reveals itself when nothing is happening, like now, with the news mostly about, a) the weather and b) fat people.
OPINION: There is a rule about summer holidays and it is this: disaster lurks.
OPINION: I'm wondering how many modern families will get through tomorrow without a major row or temper tantrum.
OPINION: I'm ending this year on a mutinous note, giving old technology for Christmas presents. It's called books, and count yourself lucky if you get one.
OPINION: When we praise Nelson Mandela, it wouldn't be a bad idea to acknowledge the protest movements constantly at work.
OPINION: If a man is too good to be true, he undoubtedly is too good to be true.
OPINION: It's good to run a campaign against violence toward women and children, but what a cringe-making start it had on television the other night.
OPINION: When 15,000 people a year make ACC claims for sexual abuse, and thousands march against rape, something is happening.
OPINION: What a comment on the way the world works when advertisers can force the media's hand, not the other way round.
OPINION: There is much here for neo-feminists to debate. The least Ms Chuang can do is write a book.
ROSEMARY MCLEOD - © Fairfax NZ News
OPINION: Pity the rich and powerful; they have such horrible friends.