Opinion

Voters smarter this time

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - Fairfax Media

OPINION: Election day in local government may not be until October 12, but mayoral races in our two largest cities already seem done and dusted.

Cup overshadows health

Porirua Union Health

OPINION: America's Cup hoopla has overshadowed the plight of community health clinics, which serve low-income people.

Priorities need rethink

Hutt News

OPINION: Acouple of weeks ago I watched two interesting television items that got me thinking about the America's Cup.

Timely promotion for Cunliffe

David Cunliffe

OPINION: New Labour leader David Cunliffe will have several opportunities to present himself as an alternative Prime Minister.

Are the polls to be believed?

OPINION: Polls have become the drug of choice in political life.

Punters being kept in the dark

Sky City

OPINION: While the Labour's Got Talent show rolls on, other political stories are being relegated to the shadows.

Capacity's early troubled waters now smooth

water generic

JIM CHIPP - Hutt News

OPINION: After a sometimes troubled childhood, Wellington's water services company Capacity seems to be knuckling down to make something of itself as it enters its teenage years.

Quake threat needs new thinking

Lower Hutt generic

CHRISTOPHER MILNE - Hutt News

OPINION: What will happen to the Lower Hutt economy if the Wellington CBD was closed for two years?

Is Cunliffe the answer after all?

David Cunliffe

OPINION: While Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe are both excellent public speakers, Cunliffe has been better able in the House to score hits on the Government.

Paula Bennett's bells and whistles

Paula Bennett

OPINION: If Steven Joyce provides much of the Government's intellectual firepower, Paula Bennett plays a different role for her colleagues.

NZ: 100 per cent vulnerable

Fonterra

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - Wellington

OPINION: Parenthood is anxiety-inducing enough, without asking parents to play Russian roulette with what they're feeding their babies.

Youth voice essential in planning

MARGARET WILLARD - Hutt News

OPINION: It was concerning to read of a perceived gulf between young and older elected members of Hutt City Council in the July 16 Hutt News ("Young and Prepared" - a profile on young Northern Ward Community Committee member Leole Malama).

Real culprits dodging culpability

beehive parliament

OPINION: The public service owes an increasing amount of allegiance to the ministers of the day, but there's a sniff of scandal the ethos of the old public service kicks in.

Labour turns to housing again

House for sale, real estate, property

OPINION: When in doubt, talk about housing.

SkyCity deal a political lemon

Sky City

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - Wellington

OPINION: Was SkyCity ever made to feel that the Government could, and would, walk away from the bargaining table? Hardly!

Editor's View: Time for some older councillors to move on

Is it time for one or two of our senior councillors to move along?

Don't bow to pseudo-science

Hutt News

I see Hamilton City Council has bowed to pressure from the very small but very vocal anti-fluoride lobby, and decided to stop adding fluoride to the water there, thus ignoring the 70 per cent of people who voted to have it retained.

The real flaws in the spy bill

Kim Dotcom

OPINION: While Kim Dotcom and John Key clash at the GCSB legislation hearings, other submitters have highlighted flaws in the draft bill.

National's tactics paying off

John Key

TALKING POLITICS BY GORDON CAMPBELL - Wellington

OPINION: Seventeen months out from the next election, National has the luxury of contradictory messages about the Opposition's credibility as an alternative government.

Editor's View: Fund fuss nothing to do with parochialism

Hutt News

Last week's fuss over the Regional Amenities Fund neatly encapsulates some of the issues that make the amalgamation debate tricky.