OPINION: Child poverty is about more than individual families - and New Zealand needs to do better in dealing with it.
OPINION: New Zealand's delegation for Nelson Mandela's funeral is sorely lacking a protester from the 1981 Springbok tour.
OPINION: Kaipara District Council wastewater scheme debacle highlights the need for councillors to know their jobs, writes Lawrence Yule.
OPINION: I agree with Gerry Brownlee's recent statement that there are enough temporary memorial sites around Christchurch.
OPINION: Thankfully, Parliament's privileges committee has confirmed what should have been obvious all along.
DAVE ARMSTRONG - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Shock! Horror! Last week New Zealanders learned that part of our education system were plummeting down the world table.
Shock! Horror!! Last week New Zealanders learned that our 15-year-olds were getting worse at reading, maths and science.
OPINION: Thankfully, Parliament's privileges committee has confirmed what should have been obvious all along to those investigating the leaking of a sensitive document to this newspaper.
OPINION: Nelson Mandela showed that goodness is a powerful force in politics. He spent 27 years in jail and in that time he became stronger than the apartheid regime that had locked him up.
ROBERT AYSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: New Zealanders should not be holding their breaths for a genuinely single economic market with Australia.
OPINION: John Banks' decision to resign is a belated acknowledgement that he has lost credibility with the voting public.
OPINION: Many Kiwis joke about the size of their population. "Forget about six degrees of separation," they chortle.
OPINION: Rising poverty and lack of attention to teacher quality are behind poor performance, says the head of the primary teachers union, Judith Nowotarski.
OPINION: We need to recognise Maori language more to help define us as a nation, writes Rawinia Higgins.
OPINION: John Banks' decision to stand down at the next election has removed a weight from the shoulders of the party and the Government.
OPINION: If a man is too good to be true, he undoubtedly is too good to be true.
OPINION: The education system has just been delivered what an earlier generation of teachers would have called "a swift kick up the pants".
OPINION: Nigella was making myth and an apparently paradoxical one because the point of goddesses is that they're not domestic.
OPINION: Pike River showed it; the unacceptable rate of death and injury in the nation's forests confirms it.
OPINION: Lifting New Zealand's education standards will take time and make some uncomfortable but it must be done, writes Education Minister Hekia Parata.
OPINION: New Zealand's irrigation debate should be about how to do it, not whether we should, writes Andrew Curtis.
OPINION: Those tempted to regard National's crushing by-election defeat as the beginning of the end of the Government would be wise to remember a few words.
OPINION: If you are a woman in your 20s or 30s and desperately seeking male company then saddle up your fastest camel honey and head for Christchurch.
DAVE ARMSTRONG - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Moving forward, whatever that means, was the catchphrase of this year's mayoral campaign.
OPINION: Martin Kay remembers the day that got him awarded a medal for bravery.
It's not often that the Government's little helpers join the Opposition.
OPINION: In the year to June 30, Greater Wellington Regional Council paid $36.4 million to the operators of the region's bus services.
OPINION: We're on a bus tour of Washington DC when someone asks, 'So, the government shutdown ended, right?'
OPINION: New Zealand needs to stop its rush to intensify agriculture, argues Mike Joy.
OPINION: In the heat of the moment it is easy to overlook the progress that has been made reducing the road toll. It is particularly easy to overlook that progress if the moment happens to coincide with the arrival of a speeding ticket.
OPINION: Karl du Fresne has more pressing questions for our troubled times.
In the fragmented world of MMP politics, the trick is to compete and cooperate at roughly the same time.
OPINION: It's good to run a campaign against violence toward women and children, but what a cringe-making start it had on television the other night.
OPINION: Talk of local government amalgamation arouses strong passions. Elected councillors fear for their livelihoods; local communities fear for their identities.
OPINION: It's not an either/or situation when it comes to water quality and dairying, writes Willy Leferink.
OPINION: BP's proposal to move its corporate headquarters north delivers a challenge to Wellington, writes Richard Norman.
OPINION: The nuclear breakthrough negotiated between Iran and six world powers is a triumph for economic sanctions not diplomacy.
OPINION: I have accepted an invitation to pontificate on the radio about the pronunciation of French words in English.
OPINION: Exactly how much time do you save by breaking the speed limit? We've done some calculations.
OPINION: We need the Government to sustainably fund our core work so that we can grow our services to meet demand.
OPINION: Gareth Morgan wants to do to football administrators what he wanted to do to cats – neuter them.
OPINION: Sex educators seem to be trying to prevent worst-case scenarios at the cost of childhood.
OPINION: Personal experience of abuse helped convince Jackie Blue all New Zealanders need to take responsibility for the problem.
Free immigration for all South American and Mediterranean citizens could be a way forward for the All Whites.
OPINION: Once again serious questions have been raised about the practice of spies in New Zealand. And once again Prime Minister John Key refuses to answer.
Friends are best when they're just up the road, writes Hadyn Jones.
OPINION: Many books will be written about the Pike River mining disaster. Few of them are likely to be as poignant or as gripping as the royal commission of inquiry into the event.
Tattoo removal would be a better use of money than a court case to reduce a man's sentence due to his ethnicity.
A study by Australian sports scientist Grant Tomkinson confirms what has long been suspected. Kids today are not as fit as their parents.
OPINION: New Zealand's water quality will continue to deteriorate as dairying increases, writes Jan Wright.
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