A hundred days after the Kaikoura earthquake is a good time to reflect on what the capital has learnt. The November 14 shake was a shocking wake-up call for Wellington in more ways than one. We are still learning its lessons.
OPINION: Bill English would be right to sack members of the board of the Super Fund.
It's the deal-making season for politicians. The latest is the proposed marriage between Mana's Hone Harawira and the Maori Party, the group he divorced with such biting acrimony back in 2011.
The call for hate-crimes legislation is understandable and even laudable. In an age of mounting xenophobia, those who preach hatred of other races or religions no longer seem a minor or fringe element. Some of the worst xenophobes now hold power in countries which used to preach tolerance and diversity.
The trans-Tasman leaders' meeting was a disappointment. The two prime ministers traded bromides about the Anzac spirit and announced small beer news about scientific co-operation.
OPINION: Despite all its quake practice, Civil Defence is giving out unclear messages, and creating more anxiety.
Ohariu is one of the most fascinating battlegrounds of this year's general election. The odds are mounting against the sitting MP, Peter Dunne, and Labour and the Greens have done a deal in a bid to finally see him off.
Governments don't like launching inquiries unless they have to. The decades-long scandal over abuse of children in state care is not something the National-led Government wants to investigate.
The Government has finally moved to do something about gay men who have been persecuted by the law. Gays convicted of specific offences involving sex with those over 16 can now apply to have the convictions expunged. This is the least the Government could do.
OPINION: Graeme Wheeler's departure offers an opportunity to make some overdue changes to an important institution.
Labour leader Andrew Little might have frightened his caucus into silence following the uproar over Willie Jackson. But the damage is done. Once again the tensions within the party have been made public.
Wellington mayor Justin Lester's defence of a $3m upgrade of a central-city laneway does not sit easily with his promise to cut $8m from council spending. Lester says the increased spending on the facelift for Lombard Street and surroundings would come from this year's budget rather than for the 2017-18 year, when his $8m savings would cut in.
OPINION: There is more to do to strip away decades-old hysteria over "drugs" and make informed and compassionate decisions.
There is a good case for making the Maori language compulsory in schools. There are also many problems and obstacles.
Ready access to government information is not a privilege but a legal right. For too long now, too many officials have regarded it as a nuisance. Too often they have been slow to provide information or even to respond to requests.
Waitangi Day has become a day of celebration for many cultures, and not just of Maori culture. All the major cities now have multicultural fairs and festivals, Wellington included. These events have grown as attention has shifted away from the often-fraught official ceremonies around the treaty grounds.
OPINION: Why are Wellington petrol prices so much higher than those scarcely more than an hour's drive away?
OPINION: Which English will dominate this year – the thoughtful social policy-maker, or the politician happy to resort to election cliches?
So we now have a date for the general election. It comes as no surprise: many journalists had picked that 23 September would be the day, for a variety of reasons. It's an off-week between two big All Black games, for instance.
OPINION: It was technically an objection to the policy, but it came out as a murmur.
The Labour-Greens alliance is a marriage of convenience with a pre-arranged divorce. The deal ends on election day 2017. In the meantime, the two parties will work together to gather votes.
There are serious problems with Wellington's mental health services. In the space of 15 months in 2015 and 2016 four people died as a result of five attacks by Wellington mental health patients. This dreadful series of tragedies has now resulted in a disturbing report which outlines individual failures and more widespread systemic problems.
The case of Peter Thiel raises some hard questions. The German-American billionaire and Trump supporter gained citizenship under a special clause which seems to allow the immigration minister to give it to any "exceptional" person he chooses. In this case the argument seems to have been that as a rich investor and charitable donor he would bring special benefits to New Zealand.
The tough new earthquake-strengthening rules for Wellington are sensible and even overdue. Buildings with unreinforced masonry killed 39 people in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. There are about 300 such buildings in Wellington and Lower Hutt. They could kill many more.
Prime Minister Bill English was right to rebuff Donald Trump's absurd notion of a trade agreement with a 30-day termination clause. Unfortunately the spat shows how difficult it is going to be dealing with an American president who doesn't live in the real world.
The rise in organ donations is good news. There were 61 deceased organ donors last year, a big leap from 36 three years earlier. This means saved lives and a reprieve for desperately sick people who live on a medical version of death row.
OPINION: Forget what the tournament used to be - it's still a good event.
OPINION: Bring in a national holiday when we need it most - in winter.
OPINION: Democracy means leaders you might not like, at least some of the time.
OPINION: Out of an international environment of deepening nationalism and insularity, New Zealand might win greater links to some of its biggest trading partners.