Editorials

Editorials

Scandal should claim Fifa boss

Fifa President Sepp Blatter at a press conference following a Fifa Executive Committee meeting in Zurich.

OPINION: It’s the world’s biggest sport, so it is oddly fitting that Fifa, football’s governing body, is now tied up in the largest case of sports corruption.

Parliament yawns while problems mount

National MPs applaud following Bill English's Budget speech.

OPINION: Parliament's workload is light under a do-little government.

Stripping citizenship a step too far

A car is engulfed by flames during clashes in Ramadi on Saturday as the city falls to the Islamic State.

OPINION: The war on Isis is less than a year old, but its consequences keep rippling around the world.

Editorial: The police must not break the law

Courts cannot be seen to collude with the police in breaking the law or in bending the rules.

OPINION: Police aren't free to break the law, even when prosecuting gang members.

Editorial: Has the boom made you better off?

If Finance Minister Bill English pushes out achieving a Budget surplus for a couple of years more his reputation will be  dented.

OPINION: The boom has brought only modest gains

Editorial: Just a first step against poverty

Finance Minister Bill English's Budget takes a first step on child poverty.

OPINION: The Government has made a start on the problem of child poverty. It is not a big step, because the cupboard is bare, but it is something.

Crown Law must answer for botch

Former Auckland mayor and ACT and National MP John Banks has been acquitted of a charge of filing a false electoral return.

OPINION: John Banks has been acquitted and he is justifiably angry.

A revealing pivot on housing crisis

The Government's latest moves on housing are an admission that speculators are a problem.

OPINION: Finally the Government has moved on housing speculators.

Spy review hobbled before it begins

Sir Michael Cullen is part of the committee carrying out a review of intelligence oversight.

OPINION: The new committee reviewing intelligence oversight is not equipped for the task.

Boot smoking from packed public spaces

Wellington City Council is looking at banning smoking along the capital's popular waterfront area.

OPINION:

Deluge exposes region’s weak spots

Residents of Tangare Dr, Elsdon, make their way house through flood waters.

OPINION: Like Wellington's earthquakes of 2013, this week's Big Wet was a glimpse of nature's speed and strength – and a reminder of our region's vulnerabilities.

Reserve Bank right to clamp down on Auckland

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Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler.

OPINION: The Reserve Bank has pulled the handbrake harder on Auckland housing.

ACC should cut its levies harder

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OPINION: The cuts to ACC levies are too little and too late.

New flag debate one worth having

03022015 News. Cameron Burnell/Fairfax NZ. The New Zealand Flag Flying above the Beehive with obvious repairs.

OPINION: We need to have a debate about the flag - and then choose a new one.

Budgets and broken promises

Finance Minister Bill English discusses the chances of a surplus after a pre-budget speech.

Nothing can disguise the fact that this Budget also brings a big broken promise.

Former PMs are flying too high

Former National Prime Minister Jim Bolger ands wife Joan received $111,138 in  taxpayer-funded travel perks between 2011 and 2013.

OPINION: Taxpayers should not have to pay so much in travel perks for former prime ministers.

Collins should not be restored to Cabinet

National MP and former Cabinet minister Judith Collins.

OPINION: Judith Collins is now campaigning to be allowed back into Cabinet. John Key should decline.

Student binging leaves a bad taste

STRASBOURG, FRANCE - MAY 18. Italian students from the Primo Levi Technical Institute of Vignola in the Modena Province, toast wit glasses of beer in a pub during a school trip to Strasbourg to visit the European Parliament on May 18, 2004. School trips for teenager are very often a sort of initiation trip where they get in contact for the first time with alcohol and drugs and were they never sleep for the all time of the trip. But they can be also extraordinary occasion to get to know each others better even if for those which are consider "different" can be a nightmare experience .Mainly the teenager during those school trip are only interested in clubs, shopping and having a pizza instead that the cultural aspects of the tripp. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

OPINION: University hostel alcohol bans show student drinking can quickly cross the line.

Welcome movement on cycling

A woman walks beside a cycling lane in Florence March 12, 2015.    REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY TRANSPORT)

OPINION: The arguments for decent cycle lanes are simple and convincing.

Making deals amid world of human rights abuses

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Prime Minister John Key meets His Royal Highness Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

OPINION: John Key had to raise human rights with the barbarous kingdom.

New Zealand must oppose Indonesian killings

An ambulance carrying a coffin containing the body of one of the eight drug traffickers leaves Wijaya Pura port after the execution at Nusakambangan prison.

OPINION: New Zealand is right to condemn Indonesian executions

Editorial: Nepal needs Kiwi money

A man takes a selfie at the historic Dharahara Tower, a city landmark, that was damaged in Saturday?s earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepal?s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

OPINION: Nepal has more than enough willing hands - what it needs now is expert medical staff, and money.

Tough laws needed for safety and assurance

Balloon pilot Lance Hopping piloted the stricken balloon.

OPINION: There must be no repeat of the terrible Carterton balloon crash.

Why Anzac Day is our national day

Sarah Henderson is tasked with playing The Last Post at Wellington's Anzac Day dawn service.

OPINION: This is a special Anzac Day.

This is a diminishing moment for PM

Prime Minister John Key has copped flak for his ponytail-pulling antics.

OPINION: Everyone agrees it is plain weird for a customer to tug on a waitress' hair.

Time to renew the war on smoking

It's time for new action on smoking.

OPINION: The war against tobacco needs to be renewed.

Editorial: Government too timid on Auckland housing disaster

News photo/Fairfax NZ General shot of houses in the Howick Ward, Auckland

OPINION: Auckland house prices continue to rise to absurd levels – the median is more than $700,000 now – and fatalism abounds.

No need to jump the gun on road-building

Details of the proposed Takapu link road between Tawa and the Hutt Valley.

OPINION: The Basin Reserve flyover has cast a long shadow over transport politics in Wellington.

Editorial: Worrying signs at Te Papa

02/04/2011 Dominion Post NEWS A view of Te Papa - the national museum of New Zealand on the Wellington Waterfront.

OPINION: Te Papa boss Rick Ellis has wasted no time in getting to work.

Quake strengthening a moral duty

Gone: After months the quake-prone portico at the entrance to Civic Sq has been removed.

OPINION: Wellington has a legal and a moral duty to strengthen its earthquake-prone buildings.

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