Letters to the Editor
OPINION: I am dismayed at Grant Robertson's continuing attacks on Minister Collins' visit to a company in China that sells a New Zealand product.
OPINION: It is with dismay I note this Government's commitment to bringing in performance pay for teachers. Education Minister Hekia Parata has been mooting this since 2012 and now a supposedly independent report from John Morris is saying it's the way to go.
OPINION: Your editorial (Mar 10) criticises the Government for the way sex education is delivered in schools.
OPINION: After the disheartening recent dulling of our universities, it is refreshing to read (Opinion, Mar 11) Victoria University vice- chancellor Grant Guilford's reminder to the Government of the importance of the humanities and the need to celebrate the arts.
OPINION: Electricity price rises indicate to many consumers that the power generating companies and retail suppliers just don't understand the fundamentals of their industry.
OPINION: Supporters of the Basin Reserve flyover are fated for disappointment if it ever comes to fruition.
OPINION: Your correspondent Dr Rosy Fenwicke (Letters, 10 March) is astonished that anyone would deny congestion exists at the Basin Reserve, but even more astonishing is her support of the worst possible way to attempt to relieve it.
OPINION: We await a decision from our council regarding the fate of our Town Hall with bated breath. Will it be strengthened and preserved - at huge and increasing expense? Or will it be bowled and replaced?
OPINION: Malcolm Stayner (Letters, March 6) uses the old saying that ''one of the hallmarks of a great civilisation is when you can set your watch by the train service.'' Perhaps that was the case in an earlier era. In today's world the hallmark of a great civilisation should be whether all of its citizens enjoy basic human rights.
OPINION: Instead of having a flyover built to obstruct views of the unique and iconic Basin Reserve the Wellington City Council should apply to have it recognised as a World Heritage Site.
OPINION: Expecting children to learn to swim in an unheated pool in Wellington weather is unrealistic, says Papakowhai School principal Mark Smith (Dominion Post, March 8).
OPINION: Philip G Hayward offers one explanation why we could afford trams in 1902 but not now (Letters, March 7). Here is another.
OPINION: As someone for whom money is no object, Prime Minister John Key's crass assertion that power price increases have ''been going up slower'' (Stuff, March 10) is cold comfort to ordinary Kiwis who, day-in and day-out, struggle along on limited incomes.
OPINION: ''Power prices: the people succumb'' would have been a better title for the front-page article of March 7. Going without heating and light (not to mention food) and borrowing from loan sharks are desperate remedies that many have been employing for a long time to survive, but these are acts of resignation and submission rather than defiance.
OPINION: The Greens should stop playing to the gallery, bite the bullet and support the Remuneration Authority determinations (Greens want curb on MPs' pay rises, March 10). When setting MPs' salaries this independent body already considers, among other things, relativity with comparable non-political positions.
OPINION: I haven't lived in NZ for 20 years but regularly read The Dominion Post online.
OPINION: It's unfortunate that the RSA is arguing against a new flag on the basis that so many of 'our boys have died overseas under the flag'. We should remember, as Danny Keenan points out in his Wars Without End (2009) that more men and women have died on our own battlefield during the Land Wars than have Kiwis died overseas, outside of the two world wars. James Cowan put the figure as about 3000; Mr Keenan says that 75 per cent of them were Maori, defending their own hearth. We should also remember too that our first overseas dead (the Boer War) were awarded medals which included an inscription of the 1835 flag of the United Tribes of Aotearoa. And our athletes have marched under the silver fern before, at the Moscow Olympics.
OPINION: Once again we have a horrible mauling by vicious dogs.
OPINION: As an American who feels fortunate to spend several months a year in Wellington, I have watched with pleasure the development of the harbour side and the increase in Wellingtonians spending time there. But the vibrancy of the waterfront depends on attracting both people and businesses, since having people work and live there sustains businesses which attract more people from outside the area.
OPINION: Why is that we can find billions of dollars for new motorways but refuse to invest the same levels of funds on a light rail system in Wellington - an investment that will transform the way people get around our beautiful city?