Sex education in schools is a hit-and-miss affair, and it needs to change.
OPINION: Cabinet ministers must avoid conflicts of interest or any appearance of them.
OPINION: Be careful how you treat your Russian citizens, Vladimir Putin is saying, because the Bear is watching.
OPINION: Wellington's transport system is not broke, but it could be made better, and that process is under way.
OPINION: David Cunliffe has made a hash of the donations issue. He was slow to admit that he used a trust to hide those who gave to his campaign for the Labour leadership.
OPINION: The police don't always like to say sorry. It is striking, then, when one says he is "ashamed" over a case.
OPINION: If history has taught us anything, it is that environmental matters are too important to be left to businesspeople and bureaucrats.
OPINION: Rejuvenation is always difficult for political parties. Politicians don't usually go voluntarily, and they are absurdly optimistic by nature.
So the dinosaurs are back. Richard Prebble returns to run ACT's election campaign. Matt McCarten returns to become Labour leader David Cunliffe's chief of staff.
Wellington has a reasonably efficient commuter rail service. It is not perfect but it is improving.
OPINION: So the partial sale of state assets will lumber on to its appointed end. Nobody could say that this was a brilliant success at raising funds.
OPINION: Wellington City Council may live to regret its enthusiasm for the living wage.
OPINION: It is amazing that the Government Communications Security Bureau has had to apologise to PM John Key.
OPINION: The prosecution of an elderly pair of environmentalists for cutting native trees on their property has caused an understandable ruckus.
OPINION: A United Nations inquiry has likened North Korea to Nazi Germany and called for "action" against Pyongyang.
OPINION: There needs to be a serious debate about the proposed Phoenix stadium in Petone.
OPINION: State broadcasters are like Caesar's wife: they have to be above sin and seen to be so.
OPINION: When ''experts'' claim that vaccines are dangerous, the effect on ordinary people and their children can be disastrous.
OPINION: The election will be fought on hip-pocket issues, and at the moment these seem to be favouring National.
OPINION: How much is too much to save the town hall? That is the question Wellington City councillors have a duty to ask themselves.
OPINION: MP Shane Jones' claims that Countdown has been using "Mafiosi" tactics must be properly investigated.
Video cameras worn by police can reduce idle complaints but also reduce police violence.
OPINION: Big Tobacco is deeply threatened by New Zealand's plan to introduce plain packaging of cigarettes.
How can we rein in the drinking culture?
OPINION: The sevens has always been more of a party than a sports event - but it seems the party has got out of control.
OPINION: Vladimir Putin hopes he can impress the world with a terror-free and well-run Winter Olympics.
OPINION: Attending Phoenix matches in Wellington needs to be a more fulfilling and less costly experience.
OPINION: Older people want to keep working - and the economy needs them to do exactly that.
OPINION: Waitangi Day is a day of ritual protest in the north and relaxation everywhere else. It is business as usual.
OPINION: The election dance continues, with politicians making self-serving bids to lay down "rules" about coalition-building.
OPINION: We are now so used to seeing them all around us that we might start thinking native birds are safe. They are not.