My View - Karl du Fresne

Tribunal needs right balance

Court

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OPINION: Do researchers take into account the difficulties of sacking unsatisfactory employees, asks Karl du Frense.

Stirring the pot in Craig's kitchen

Colin Craig

There hasn't exactly been an overwhelming outpouring of sympathy in the media for Conservative Party leader Colin Craig .

Learning to share the streets

Cyclist

OPINION: Cyclists get up many people's noses. There's no getting around the fact.

The pain of mental health

Sad woman, depressed, grieving

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OPINION: Family members battle for years on behalf of loved ones but find the health bureaucracy frustratingly sluggish.

Everybody was Mandela's buddy

OPINION: It was hard not to feel a little cynical as the tributes flowed for Nelson Mandela last week.

Wise nun sets example for church

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OPINION: When I was a boy growing up in a small Hawke's Bay town, every household would receive a free weekly guide to the films showing at the local picture theatre.

Words apart when it comes to speech

Words

OPINION: George Bernard Shaw famously described England and America as two countries divided by a common language.

Cup whips up national hysteria

America's Cup

OPINION: This is very much a New Zealand thing, and it's probably due to our size. We are small enough to feel connected.

Australia airs its dirty linen

OPINION: Dodgy dealings among ex-NSW state government ministers reveal blurred boundaries between politics and crime.

Best judges rule with intolerance

OPINION: When I was a novice reporter in Wellington, my duties included covering what was then called the Magistrate's Court (now the District Court).

Young royals bypass tradition

Prince WIlliam

OPINION: William and his younger brother, Harry, seem determined to do things their own way, rather than be controlled by rigid precedents.

Packing a sad at words that jar

OPINION: Journalists should be at the forefront of using Kiwis' colourful vocabulary instead of foreign versions.

Trust survey a magazine plug

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OPINION: I've never met Sir John Kirwan, but I'm sure he's a nice bloke.

Trust survey a magazine plug

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OPINION: John Kirwan seems intelligent, personable and articulate. He also seems to have a sense of public duty, and good on him for that. But the most trusted New Zealander? Really?

Dads endure bum rap on TV

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OPINION: Anyone who watches much television is familiar with that stereotypical character, the idiot dad.

Offence part of free speech

OPINION: It seems we have become a much more touchy society. Certain ideas are no longer allowed to be expressed.

Finding my place in history

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OPINION: My wife reckons that if I had been alive in 1893, I probably would have opposed women getting the vote.

Finding my place in history

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OPINION: My wife reckons that if I had been alive in 1893, I probably would have opposed women getting the vote.

Thatcher restored British pride

Margaret Thatcher's funeral

OPINION: Like a lot of people, I've been thinking lately about Margaret Thatcher. My feelings about her are, to use a fashionable term, conflicted.

Deluded zealots can cause harm

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OPINION: We tend to think of idealism as a good thing. Idealists want the best for the world and for humanity - or so we assume.

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