Editorials

Editorials

Editorial: Parliament took its eye off the bullies

ACT leader David Seymour and four Green MPs were on the same side when they opposed the Harmful Digital Communications Bill in Parliament.

Despite a wave of online opposition, Parliament has passed a new law against cyber bullying.

Editorial: Greek bind shows the worst of Europe

Greece has been put through a kind of endless purgatory since being bailed out by European lenders in 2010. Even though it has implemented cost-cutting reforms, its economy has deteriorated further.

For all of Greece's profligacy, its treatment by European politicians and central banks has been worse.

Editorial: More to do on tackling scalpers

Queues for tickets at least privilege fans willing to sacrifice their time - though scalpers can always join them too.

OPINION: Until a better solution emerges, the government should widen its scalping ban.

Editorial: Risks and opportunities in council plan

Wellington City Council's big plans for the city have to pass a strict test before ratepayers' money is spent on them.

OPINION: The council can help lay the conditions for a dynamic city but needs to carefully balance its spending plans against cost to ratepayers.

Editorial: State house sell-off gets stranger

Australian non-profit company Horizons Housing is considering buying up to 400 state houses from the Government.

OPINION: The Government's Australian flirtation only makes the sales of state houses more dubious.

Editorial: Wheels turn at last for cycling

The Government has earmarked $45 million over 10 years for cycleways in the capital.

OPINION: Funding for cycleways has been an inconsequential trickle for many years. Now, all of a sudden, it has grown into a gush.

Editorial: Hurricanes surprised us all

The Hurricanes have had a grand season.

OPINION: Back in February, even the most one-eyed, optimistic mother of a Hurricanes player would have been hard-pressed to predict just how well this season was going to go.

Editorial: Restart contributions to Super Fund

NZ Super Fund chief executive Adrian Orr has overseen a successful period for the fund, which was the best-performing sovereign wealth fund in the world over the past five years.

OPINION: The NZ Super Fund has been a winner, so the Government should start paying into it again now.

Editorial: Good start on reviving the sevens

It's an open question how many people will buy a joint package to the sevens and the races, but there's no harm in trying the deal.

OPINION: Sevens organisers' new plans are useful, but they should act on prices too.

Editorial: Hearing-aid case demands response

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Green MP Mojo Mathers pictured on the day she supports the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group spokesperson launching their Accessible Christchurch Petition at the Dux Dine entrance.

If it's true that audiologists sold an elderly man $6000 hearing aids that he did not need, it's outrageous.

Editorial: Cheers for cheap flights - while they last

A mock-up image of a 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft in Jetstar livery.

OPINION: Anyone who flies regionally now knows what to expect: an assault on the wallet.

Half-baked housing plans won’t cut it

The Government's housing policy for Auckland seems rushed.

OPINION: Leave it to the courts to sort out who’s right over the latest Auckland housing fiasco.

Editorial: Minister was right to axe health board

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has sacked the Southern DHB.

OPINION: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman was left with little option but to sack the Southern DHB.

Editorial: Stamp out vanity spending

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's $67,000 stone sign was a flamboyant call and a waste of money.

MBIE should carve it in stone: there’s no excuse for spending up large on silly branding exercises.

Editorial: Keep distance from ugly deals

Tony Abbott: 'This government prepared to do what is necessary to keep the boats stopped.'

OPINION: It seems very likely the Australian Government paid a crew of people-smugglers to turn their boat around.

Editorial: Wilde takes fall for super-city

Ousted Greater Wellington regional council chairwoman Fran Wilde's political antennae failed her on the super-city.

OPINION: After the super-city failure, whoever takes the reins in Wellington will need to strike a new chord.

Editorial: Work safety bill suffering death by 1000 cuts

Pike River manager Steve Ellis and engineering manager Rob Ridl look at the memorial board containing the 29 men's tags near the entrance to the mine.

OPINION: New Zealand has a shameful work safety record, one of the worst in the West.

Editorial: Understanding sky-high passport prices

The current passport style, released in 2008.

OPINION: It has taken the Government a long time to switch back to 10-year passports.

Editorial: Good call to cut interest rates

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler has cut the official cash rate.

OPINION: By cutting the official cash rate, the Reserve Bank completes a welcome and striking pivot.

Editorial: Milo and the test of consumer power

Three-year-old Addison Ibell of Johnsonville won't drink her choccie milk anymore because of the change to Milo.

OPINION: Will Milo drinkers force the company to change?

Super-city scrapped, so now what?

Wellington super-city logo

OPINION: So now it's official: the Wellington super-city is dead.

Standards needed for rental houses

Finance Minister Bill English has poured cold water on a warrant of fitness scheme for rental houses.

OPINION: There is a public health problem with our rental houses. They need basic standards.

A long labour delivers little

Labour leader Andrew Little.

OPINION: Andrew Little has a long way to go.

Editorial: Too many worries with social bonds

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced that "social bonds" will be used to encourage private investment in solving intractable social problems.

OPINION: Social bonds have barely been tried overseas. They smell like a gimmick.

Greens go into pastures new

The newly appointed co-leader of the Green Party James Shaw speaks after getting the job.

OPINION: New Green party co-leader James Shaw can help increase the party's vote

Editorial: The value of good political radar

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie, left, made a hash of the exit of Roger Sutton, right, from Cera.

OPINION: The State Services Commission deserves its poor ranking in the Trans Tasman newsletter.

Honours should be based on merit

The man who picks the honours - Prime Minister John Key

OPINION: Queen's birthday honours should be awarded on merit, not politics

MPs should decide on euthanasia

Such a profound social change as legalising euthanasia needs to be decided by MPs, not judges.

OPINION: Parliament needs to decide what to do about euthanasia, not the courts.

Campbell's departure a body blow

John Campbell's departure from TV3 is what economists call market failure.

OPINION: The only sensible answer is to set up a new state-owned public-service television station.

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.

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