Action on Gully a relief for region

Transmission Gully

OPINION: After a century of hairpin turns and government congestion, the long-awaited Transmission Gully road is properly set to go.

Feeble animal welfare laws should be an election issue


New Zealand's abysmal record on animal rights should be an election issue, writes Catriona MacLennan.

Tougher rules welcome for sevens

Wellington Sevens

It's always a risk with a party - that point in the evening where the mood changes and things tip over.

Why Key has cut Craig out of the deal

Colin Craig

OPINION: Craig would have to be found a National seat where the local candidate was prepared to throw away his or her seat.

Capital needs more can-do creative people


OPINION: Potential workers see Wellington as having limited career opportunities and, as a result, are not confident about staying or shifting here.

Wellington nous is far from dying

Wellington generic

OPINION: Far from dying, Wellington companies are adapting rapidly to changing economic demands.

Football feast a win for Wellington

Wellington Phoenix

OPINION: Full credit to everyone involved in the weekend's flurry of football - the Phoenix owners, players and fans most of all.

Flyover finally over, sky about to fall in

Basin Reserve flyover

OPINION: Howzat! The umpires have rejected the dodgy pitch of the NZ Transport Agency for a Basin Reserve flyover.

Editorial: Big push needed to unlock our potential

Wellington Waterfront

OPINION: Wellington has made real economic progress in the past year, as shown by today's article revisiting The Dominion Post's Wellington Report of a year ago.

Championing a cultural treasure: Sounds good to me

te reo

OPINION: Pakeha often feel intimidated by Maori culture and language. We're afraid of making mistakes and being mocked for it.

Dead man walking

Southland Times photo

OPINION: Everything he said circled back to the point that his time in the Beehive was ending. It was like he was dying.

Editorial: Make MPs' spending records public

Claudette Hauiti

OPINION: It's scandalous that anyone in the public service can have their spending scrutinised, yet MPs remain protected.

Quieten down, please - or else


OPINION: Some sudden, intrusive sounds provoke what I can only describe as an involuntary, irrational rage.

Bulletproof Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee

OPINION: Is PM's refusal to accept Gerry Brownlee's resignation a sign National thinks it's bulletproof? | In through out door

Dotcom sideshow too big a distraction

Kim Dotcom

I thank Kim Dotcom for bringing a theatrical edge to the political landscape, even if it's only momentary.

Winston wades in with a masterstroke

Winston Peters

They were clearing the decks for the election this week, but for the two major parties it was just more of the same.

Editorial: 'No' to binding referendums


OPINION: Binding referendums sound good - "pure democracy" - but they are actually a worry.

Let's design our cities around people, not motor vehicles

Basin Reserve flyover

OPINION: The Basin flyover plan was the product of a transport agency too focused on roads.

Sugar's bitter after-effects


OPINION: 'Every day I have to extract teeth which are rotten to the core by super- sweet sugar drinks in young children. Often under general anaesthetic this carries risks. In my daily job, I extract over 50 teeth from children each week".

Alternative to flyover needed quickly

Basin Reserve flyover

OPINION: After years of planning, months of hearings and 8000 pages of transcripts, the Basin Reserve flyover is not a goer.

Editorial: Winston's serving too thin

Winston Peters

OPINION: Winston Peter's has celebrated NZ First's 21st birthday with a round of dubious new policies.

NZ First an MMP survivor

winston peters

OPINION: You could be forgiven for not noticing that NZ First had turned 21.

Fanaticism to blame for plane carnage

MH17 crash site

OPINION: The dirty war in Ukraine has claimed a planeful of innocent victims.

Aratere's woes were predictable


OPINION: Too much has been made of the Aratere woes. It's time to start looking at things from KiwiRail's point of view.

Don't raise rates - we're more porn star than rock star

Duncan Garner

OPINION: Rock star economy? More like a one-hit wonder at best.

Editorial: New life emerges out of the gloom


OPINION: Small towns will die as their elderly populations dwindle, says the Royal Society's "Our Futures" report.

Fresh and clean . . . my memory of the river is vivid

Whanganui River

OPINION: The purity and cleanliness of our waterways now possess much, much more than mere aesthetic value.

Articulate victims belie grim truths of their recovery

Tania Billingsley

OPINION: Tania Billingsley hasn't been a pleasing complainant.

Botch-up whichever way

OPINION: The Kim Dotcom fiasco seems to have no end.

Editorial: Use more 1080 to save the birds


OPINION: New Zealand is facing an explosion of rats and stoats and, as a result, an extraordinary threat to our native bird population.

Teachers, have ye made a match with the Bard?


OPINION: When I taught English, no-one wanted to know what I thought about it. Now that I don't, they sometimes do.

Public transports of delight

Go Wellington bus generic

The Wellington region has much to be proud of in our public transport system.

Fangs for the memories

Luis Suarez

What a terrific World Cup. It had drama, humiliation, heroism - and biting.

Clean waterways a hard balancing act

Waikato River

OPINION: The recent announcement on bottom lines for water quality has re-ignited the debate on the impact of farming on our rivers and lakes.

Forget the slogans, focus on what's best for the children


OPINION: As long as talk about education during the election campaign doesn't descend to simplistic slogans, that's a good thing.

Editorial: Thirty years after the revolution

David Lange

It was 30 years ago today that David Lange's Labour Party won the election that would change all our lives.

Inside the mind of a stalker: The erotomaniac and I

Glenn Green

OPINION: Glenn Green and police say he is the country's most dangerous stalker and seems he's interested in stalking me.

Hard calls to make on heritage buildings

St Gerard's Monastery

OPINION: Wellington City Council has found 137 heritage buildings that are earthquake-prone.

Better luck next time

Back to the future

OPINION: Craig Cliff indulges in a brief history of time travel.

Much happening to clean up water

Hutt River algae

Blaming dairy for all New Zealand's water pollution problems is not fair, writes the boss of Water New Zealand.

Editorial: Tax avoidance breaches social contract


OPINION: Aggresive tax avoidance has gone the same way as smoking: once common and even respectable, nowadays it's seen as a vice.

Dangerous to silence sceptics

deepwater horizon

OPINION: Is it any surprise that people tune out when they hear the cries of global warming alarmists? The words "boy" and "wolf" come to mind.

Needs must when deals are wrought

Vernon Small

OPINION: Memo to voters: look less at what they say they will do and more at what they may need to do to win power.

Cunliffe's apology patting himself on the back

David Cunliffe

OPINION: I doubt very much that rapists and violent offenders will respond to Cunliffe's battle cry of "stop this bullshit!"

Inner-city dwellers must embrace vibrancy


OPINION: Living centrally means giving up some of the classic "not in my backyard" attitude.

Football is theatre, not war

Fifa Football World Cup Trophy

Football's World Cup really is a cup for the world - everywhere you go, everyone's watching.

Tax won't downsize NZ's obesity issue

Generic obesity

Sugar taxes will extract more money from citizens' wallets for governments but do nothing to curb obesity.

Government efforts on water shallow

Dairy effluent

Our waterways are not healthy. The toll of the dairy boom has been dirty rivers and lakes.

Youth will have a say if you ask in their lingo

Ballot box

Asking young people to vote is like asking them to a party with old people where they won't understand the chat.

Clear choices in education policies

Classroom, students, pupils, learning, high school, secondary school

OPINION: Everyone knows the vital importance of education - the possibility it brings of transforming a child's life and prospects.
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