Editorials

Editorials

Editorial: A day to celebrate - and debate

It was fair enough for Prime Minister John Key to decline to go to Waitangi this year, but he was wrong to admire Australia's national day.

OPINION: Why does a national day have to be all sweetness and light?

Lessons of the American primary season

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump discusses the issues.

Editorial: Religion and money have great influence in American politics, but much less in NZ. 

Minimum alcohol prices are worth trying

Problems with alcohol

Editorial: Minimum prices for alcohol could reduce problem drinking.

Editorial: Donations reveal what Kiwis value

The campaign to buy the beach at Awaroa Inlet, near Abel Tasman National Park, is a striking expression of people power.

OPINION: New Zealand’s most spectacular places should not be owned by anyone.

Protest, but let all voices be heard

Anti-TPPA protesters are expected to flood into Auckland's central city ahead of the signing of the agreement today.

OPINION: "Opposition to the TPPA doesn't grow more powerful or persuasive if it becomes violent."

Editorial: WCC must avoid Lions' den

Wellington Lions players Ardie Savea, Brad Shields and Matt Proctor model the team's jersey complete with the Wellington city slogan.

OPINION: Wellington City Council should scotch the proposal that it sponsor the Wellington Lions.

Education policy is proof of life

Labour leader Andrew Little speaks to reporters after his State of the Nation speech on Sunday.

EDITORIAL: Labour's promise about free post-school education is a welcome sign of new thinking. 

Blackwood's ordeal a lesson for all

Philip Blackwood has been released from a Myanmar jail

EDITORIAL: Wellington man Philip Blackwood spent a year in a dreadful prison in Myanmar. His case should be a lesson for other young Kiwi travellers.

Editorial: TPP no paragon of free trade

The Trans Pacific Partnership has inspired angry protests, like this one in Nelson, as well as glowing praise from proponents.

OPINION: While New Zealand should always lean towards genuine trade liberalisation, each deal should be assessed on its merits.

Editorial: Ratepayers entitled to openness

Singapore Airlines is expected to be paid close to $9 for every passenger who lands in the capital on a new service between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington.

OPINION: There's too much confusion and secrecy about recent Wellington City Council projects.

Editorial: Agency to cost policies has merit

Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei, pictured, has proposed a new policy unit that would assess the costs of political parties' ideas.

OPINION: The Greens’ idea is a good one, and the Government should take it up.

Editorial: Crackdown on student debtors fair

Ngatokotoru Puna, a maths teacher in the Cook Islands, became the first person arrested in relation to student loan debt.

OPINION: People cannot take out a student loan only to pretend later that it doesn't exist.

Stuck in Groundhog Day

Prime Minister John Key.

Editorial: Will anything change in politics in 2016?

The future of the Sevens

Pirates from Auckland come to Wellington for the Sevens.

Editorial: The Sevens brought the carnival to Wellington, and it was welcome. Now it's under a cloud.

Opinion: Neighbours from hell video

30092015 News Photo: MAARTEN HOLL/FAIRFAX 
Peter Aitchison.
2/11 Maida Vale Rd Roseneath Wellington 6011.

Roseneath homeowners dispute in the Environment Court. Aitchison v Wellington City Council. 2/11 Maida Vale Road. A bare wooden fence can be seen which now completely blocks the view of the Maida Vale property's lower level.

OPINION: Nobody has the right to blight the lives of those who live next door. David Walmsley did just that.

Judges shouldn't be spared

Corrections and police minister Judith Collins

EDITORIAL: Judges are open to criticism, just like everyone else.

Putting the "free' back in education

Education Minister Hekia Parata.

EDITORIAL: Will anyone put back the "free" in "free education"?

When to use medicinal marijuana

Many trials are continuing throughout the world into the use of medicinal marijuana

EDITORIAL:The use of medical cannabis is an issue that won't go away.

Strains on the Anzac Relationship

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: "tough on foreigners".

EDITORIAL: The Anzac bond has frayed because of the Aussie deportation saga. 

Deportation saga hurts Anzac spirit

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

EDITORIAL: New revelations about dangerous Aussie deportees won't help the Anzac spirit.

Taxing democracy

The Reserve Bank will charge for most Official Information Act responses

Government agencies could start charging for all official information. They shouldn't.

Pool woes part of a wider issue

The school pool problem is no joke

EDITORIAL: School pools are disappearing and more kids can't swim.

Aspects of TPPA worrying

About 2500 marchers protested against the TPPA in Christchurch last year.

EDITORIAL: The TPPA has serious flaws.

Patients' safety paramount

Wellington hospital.

EDITORIAL: How to make sure Wellington hospital can keep working after a major earthquake.

Obstacles create injustice

Mirren (R) and Declan (L) Callaghan both need writers to complete their assessments for NCEA, but have recently found out that writers are not allowed to type - everything must be handwritten. 
Pictured with writer Matt Macfarlane.

Disabled students who need help with writing face unfair obstacles.

The fight against litter must be fought on several fronts

Fighting a tide of plastic

More action is needed against littering in Wellington.

Rising health costs spell trouble

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

OPINION: The Government won't keep health issues off the front page forever.

Transgender people have rights and should not be mocked

Comedian and entertainer Barry Humphries

New Zealand upholds the rights of minorities, including those of transgender people.

Questions over the collapse of Dick Smith

Dick Smith in receivership

EDITORIAL: The collapse of Dick Smith leaves many unhappy customers and unanswered questions.

Maori wardens do good work and we should keep them

Waiuku Maori Wardens Maria Brown, Kirimangu Sheila Turner and Ngaire Schmidt

The law allowing Maori wardens to order "drunken and quarrelsome" Maori out of pubs needs to go. But the wardens must stay.

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