A heavy lift for light rail fans

Light rail has experienced a resurgence from the US to Australia recently, including in Melbourne, pictured.

OPINION: Light rail has its appeal, but the cost of bringing it to Wellington remains worrying.

Bring NZ Wars into view

A ceremony marking the handover of Rangiriri, site of one of the major battles in the New Zealand Wars.

OPINION: The New Zealand Wars are a foundational part of this country's history, and every person should have at least a passing knowledge of them.

Wrong place for sex offender

Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard pushed for a repeat child sex offender to be removed from a house in Maungaraki.

OPINION: Some paedophiles must live in the community, but finding a place for them requires extreme levels of oversight and care.

Match climate talk with action

Climate Change Issues Minister Paula Bennett says the emissions trading scheme needs to be tweaked.

OPINION: The Government is striking a new tone on climate change. It will bring forward ratification of the Paris climate treaty to the end of the year, it says.

A reasonable ask for cat owners

Wellington City Council has passed a bylaw making microchipping cats compulsory.

OPINION: Mandatory microchipping for cats is a good idea. Other steps will be harder.

Time for cannabis debate

Allowing the very sick access to cannabis is the humane thing to do.

OPINION: It is time to allow the very sick legal access to cannabis - and to consider options for broader reform.

Havelock outbreak demands hard look

Havelock North woman Fiona Hosford and her daughter Elsa, 8, were among those struck down by the community's widespread ...

OPINION: New Zealanders don't expect to get sick drinking water from their tap.

Go for bold option with museum

An artist's impression of the more expensive proposed design for Wellington's movie museum and convention centre.

OPINION: Penny-pinching has too often won out over ambition in Wellington architecture.

Editorial: Voters need a clear choice

Voter turnout is often shamefully low in local body elections.

OPINION: Mercifully, there is a real choice in most of Wellington's mayoral races.

Could tourist charges be the answer?

The Tasman Glacier is changing rapidly in response to warming seasons and less snow on the highest peaks of the Southern ...

It's good to see people are thinking laterally about new ways of protecting our precious environment.

Councils, not police, decide on closing time

Crowds of people on Courtenay Place on New Year's Eve, 2013.

OPINION: The police can offer their opinion of alcohol harm, but they do not get to make the rules.

Welcome weapon against drink-driving

Former drink driver Luke Bickerstaff says the alcohol interlock in his car was "a genuine lifesaver".

OPINION: Interlocks are especially effective when the normal punishments don't work.

Judge's early exit leaves trail of questions

Justice Lowell Goddard has stepped down as chair of Britain's independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

OPINION: Dame Lowell Goddard's resignation is embarrassing for her, and for the British government.

Voters decide when time's up

Term limits won't solve broader apathy towards local government.

OPINION: Term limits for councillors are anti-democratic.

Hurricanes bury the hoodoo

A typical Hurricanes fan quietly takes in the team's unlikely victory.

OPINION: Even their most ardent fans were startled by how the Hurricanes came on this year.

Mayor who struggled to make her mark

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown won an upset at the 2010 election, kicking off her six-year tenure.

OPINION: Celia Wade-Brown won an upset victory in 2010, but kept a low profile as mayor.

Kevin Roberts crossed a line

Saatchi & Saatchi executive chairman Kevin Roberts said many women did not have "vertical ambition", but simply wanted ...

OPINION: Avertising guru's comments about women in leadership were condescending, outdated and offensive.


Debbie Chin, chief executive of Capital & Coast District Health Board.

District Health Boards deal with people in crisis: that is their job. They must cope with patients and relatives who are angry, hostile, grieving or otherwise upset.


Dr David Richards and St John paramedic James Watkins were awarded New Zealand Bravery Medals for their efforts during ...

Bravery is one of the higher mysteries and always deserves our highest honour.


Kevin Rudd: Grinning is not necessarily winning.

Of course New Zealand is chuffed that the Australian Government has decided not to back Kevin Rudd for the job of United Nations Secretary-General.

House prices must come down

Median house prices in Auckland are about 10 times the median household income.

OPINION: The political consensus that house prices must never fall needs to be shattered.

Pest-free plan needs teeth

The writing could be on the wall for stoats if a pest-free plan for New Zealand comes to fruition.

OPINION: It's supposed to be New Zealand's 'Apollo programme', but $7m per year isn't enough.

Editorial: High-stakes bet on Wellington

The first David Jones store outside Australia has opened in Wellington.

OPINION: David Jones could give the city a blast of retail energy.

Editorial: Odds against Mallard

Trevor Mallard has been MP for Hutt South since 1993.

OPINION: Trevor Mallard has had a chequered record in the House, but that could be a help to him.

Paying for child abuse tip-offs

It's an indictment on all of us that payments for child abuse tip-offs have to be considered.

There is something repellent about paying for information about abuse - but the police have made a reasonable case for it.

Editorial: Sky's Olympic rules rob public

Fairfax Media has decided not to send journalists to the Olympics.

OPINION: Restrictions on New Zealand journalists at the Olympics mocked the spirit of the Games.


Joe Biden speaking during his whistle-stop peace visit to new Zealand this week.

An American navy ship brings a symbolic end to a 33-year nuclear argument.

Editorial: McClay's memory loss

Trade Minister Todd McClay.

Trade Minister Todd McClay has an unfortunate brain fade about a threat to the country's exports.

Editorial: Ban Russia from the Games

Russian president Vladimir Putin says the Olympic movement "may again be on the verge of a split".

OPINION: The Olympics are a festival of nationalism - so a national punishment for systemic doping is fair.

Editorial: Chinese whispers

Claims that Chinese steel has been dumped - sold at less than cost - in New Zealand are entirely plausible.

New Zealand could be a pawn in a larger dispute between China and the United States.

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