Convicted criminals complaining about unfair treatment don't usually find a sympathetic audience. Convicts who want compensation will find even less understanding.
OPINION: The digital tide can't be held back forever, but consumers who prefer bricks and mortar need a reasonable transition.
OPINION: Bringing the "Peter Jackson experience" to Matiu/Somes Island could be a brilliant idea, if it's done carefully.
OPINION: The odds on Helen Clark winning the top UN job are are not good, but there's no harm in staying in for now.
All teachers know that setting exams is more an art than a science.
The Wellington Sevens are stuck in the Last Chance saloon, and everyone knows it.
TVNZ has no right to refuse to reveal the names of its highest earners. The television company is owned by the taxpayers. The taxpayers have a right to this information.
OPINION: If the price is right, let Parliament build a new office block.
OPINION: The case is not hard evidence of special treatment, but it should make New Zealanders uneasy.
Opinion: The Government's reforms to family violence laws are a useful step forward on a horrendous problem.
Historian Hugh Sebag-Montefiore has made a serious case that New Zealand soldiers committed war crimes during World War 1. He cites statements by the soldiers themselves about executing Germans captured or trying to surrender during the battle of the Somme. These are strong prima facie evidence of war crimes and cannot be dismissed.
OPINION: Fiji is not yet a democracy, despite the democratic elections in 2014. Democracies do not detain opposition politicians whose only crime is to hold a meeting, as happened in Fiji this weekend.
OPINION: Over several decades, rising housing costs have gobbled up income gains for many poorer New Zealanders.
OPINION: Putting an in-house lawyer in charge of an investigation was a foolish choice.
OPINION: What took KiwiSaver providers so long to ditch their investments in companies that make cluster bombs?
OPINION: If a new political party wants to pitch itself as a voice for minority communities, then that is fine.
Why are so many state houses empty at a time of desperate housing need?
OPINION: Sending police to every burglary may not be much of a solution.
OPINION: Mary Potter Hospice's plans for an apartment block raise some concerns, but Wellington must have more houses.
OPINION: Sir Ngatata Love's conviction for fraud reflects an outrageous abuse of power.
OPINION: Environment officials have made a poor call by opposing levies that are working around the world.
OPINION: Victoria's decision is not a surprise, but it means other public bodies will need to act.
OPINION: The default presumption should continue to be that children attend a physical school.
OPINION: The sweet spot for the official cash rate could be substantially lower even than its current 2 per cent
OPINION: Light rail has its appeal, but the cost of bringing it to Wellington remains worrying.
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.
OPINION: Some paedophiles must live in the community, but finding a place for them requires extreme levels of oversight and care.
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.
OPINION: Mandatory microchipping for cats is a good idea. Other steps will be harder.
OPINION: It is time to allow the very sick legal access to cannabis - and to consider options for broader reform.