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Sweet intake sours our breath

OPINION: We should be puckering, not smacking, our lips at the latest statistics on our nationwide consumption of sugary drinks.

Too bad if SkyCity abandons project

OPINION: We should not be surprised to learn that the building of an international convention centre in Auckland would cost at least 25 per cent more than the original estimate.

Beware the hovering invader

So you look up and there it is, your neighbour's new toy, a $1600 drone, hovering outside your window. It has a live video feed, high-resolution camera and GPS.

Camp host 'completely content'

Deep in the Marlborough Sounds, with boat access only and with none of her friends around, 24-year-old Alice Rackham, from Auckland, was having the time of her life.

A shocking argument

Tasers are in the news again and attracting plenty of opposition, despite being used since 2007 in many volatile situations that have all been resolved without anyone being killed.

Tech-savvy kids grow up fast

What a minefield. Who would want to be a parent of young children these days? Or a teacher, for that matter.

Decluttering brings back memories

Having reduced my office materials by shredding the confidential stuff and consigning seven rubbish bags to the landfill, I've started to let go of my identity as a counsellor and supervisor. I have retired.

Shining a light is not enough

New Zealanders would dearly love to fillet the Antarctic toothfish poaching industry. We just don't have the sharp implements.

Lawmakers show lack of vision

Our lawmakers are shortsighted for not recognising that many victims want no more than a sentence to reflect the the crime.

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Precise rules, imprecise thinking

100kmh speed sign

Eruptions of public displeasure have forced a review of the police's zero tolerance stance on summer speeding.

Always look behind you

Negative types would say that personal responsibility should render the Government's $30 million driveway safety programme redundant.

A case for stiffer penalties

New Zealand is not among the world-beaters when it comes to alcohol consumption.

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Satire is serious stuff

No-one, no matter how offensive their comments may be, deserves to be shot. Slain. Massacred. In their place of work.

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Holiday heaven . . How good is this place?

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Innovative reputation overlooked

Disappointment must be put on record that NZ King Salmon has awarded the main contract for its first new Marlborough Sounds fish farm to a company in Chile.

Relief for farmers, not posties

State ownership does not exempt an enterprise from striving to do all it can to hold on to customers when business flags.

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Chapter closing on book shops

Mark Zuckerberg's latest resolution might help a little, but is too late to save the latest book store to shut.

More male teachers needed

The Ministry of Education appears at a loss as to how to resolve the chronic shortage of male teachers, a challenge hampered by both red flags and red tape.

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Honesty no longer the norm

Simple honesty is regarded as so out of the ordinary that those who show honesty are deemed worthy of special mention and rewards.

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Cracks in drug crackdown

A day rarely goes by without news of methamphetamine manufacture and use and its harmful impact on individuals, families and communities.

Drivers, take care out there

OPINION: When a fully laden logging truck ploughs at speed into a family vehicle there can be only one outcome.

Consequences not just from the court

OPINION: Disgraced St John paramedic Christopher King has copped a weighty sentence for his sexual offending.

A persecuted religion

OPINION: Thursday is Christmas Day. For most New Zealanders, this is not much more than a hard-earned day-off.

A review worth having

OPINION: We need to protect freedom of information from fiefdoms of information.

No time to hide on climate change

OPINION: We ranked better than Australia on the Climate Change Performance Index, but there's nothing to be smug about.

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Siege puts focus on law

Mark Mitchell, chairman of the committee that scrutinised the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill, defended the haste with which submissions were considered.

Land audit a positive step

The amount of productive New Zealand land in foreign hands is about 10 per cent and growing, according to some estimates.

Simple remedy in a digital age

I like to engage with the people I'm passing by but it's increasingly obvious that so many, especially the younger ones, are deaf to the sounds around them.

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Too much sunscreen sloppiness

We now have strong signs that some sunscreen products aren't providing the promised protection.

Lesson from Little Miss Liquored-up

It's acutely disconcerting that a girl at an Invercargill preschool was able ingest enough alcohol to be seriously drunk.

Torment in the toolbox

Barack Obama actually used these words: "We tortured some folks."

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State powers need scrutiny

Parliament's processing of new anti-terror laws was peppered with paradoxes.

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A day in the life of an MP

OPINION: I was recently asked to describe a day in the life of an MP.It is a difficult question to answer, given that no one day is ever the same.

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How do you want to die?

OPINION: The universal theme seems to be that when their time comes, people want to die peacefully, as painlessly as possible, in their own homes.

Playing limbo with the limit

Early indications are that plenty of drivers are spooked by the new drink-drive limits.

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Mainlining on hate

As book reviews go, Pastor Logan Robertson's assessment of Jim Marjoram's offering was perhaps a little harsh.

We're in for a fight - maybe

Prime Minister John Key said in mid-June his Government was considering the humanitarian aid it might provide for tens of thousands of displaced Iraqis.

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They spy with their little eyes

Sometimes Big Brother might indeed be watching you with red-eyed malice or moist-lipped prurience.

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Lessons learned from Smith

Prison authorities, justifiably criticised because of the ease with which Phillip John Smith fled the country, must ensure he stays locked up.

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A not-sorry state of affairs

People keep trying to explain to John Key that you can delegate responsibility, but not accountability.

Minister pledges 1080 will save birds

OPINION: New Conservation Minister Maggie Barry explains her stance on the use of 1080 poison.

Ferry tale needs new chapter

After a year acknowledged as one of its toughest, the head winds buffeting KiwiRail, and more particularly the Interislander ferry service, show few signs of abating.

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Saving Mr Banks

John Banks' wife Amanda has done more than stand by her man.

Pest control includes our backyards

Monitoring what comes into our properties and being vigilant for new pests or diseases, and notifying the authorities, is something we can all help with.

'Town's living room' precinct project

OPINION: The next steps in the revitalisation of Blenheim's town centre are about to begin.

Play on in memory of Hughes

Felled Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes' colleagues ache to honour him. Opponents do, too, it seems.

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No defending the indefensible

Volunteer firefighters have other jobs. It disrupts their lives and their work when they have to drop tools for a callout.

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Limited options for Little

The political pundits were given plenty to ponder when newly-elected Labour leader Andrew Little announced his frontbench lineup and parliamentary team rankings.

UFB links electorate

With a heavy reliance on the internet, I am reminded on a daily basis just how important fast broadband is to our community.

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No race to lift the limit

The widespread calls to lift the existing 100kmh speed limit aren't simply the undisciplined clamour of an impatient public.

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Confronted by sad cases

It's hard to muster much of a case of the feelgoods from another hugely against-the-odds rescue of a newborn baby.

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Note to selves: yuck

No-one should have any difficulty accepting that our new notes will be harder to counterfeit, if only because of the nausea they'd induce..

Support for the community

In a world where inequality has persisted for generations, businesses are more and more grasping the reality that they have an obligation to put something back into their communities.

The curious case of Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton's managerial reputation is now buggered and his employer, the State Services Commission, is under fire.

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We've got the Aussie deal covered

Australians are braying that their country's framework for a free trade agreement with China is bigger and/or better than New Zealand's with regard to dairy products.

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Development and water important issues

OPINION: With the first year of this council's term already over, I am certain that council's decision to allocate resources to economic development projects has been the right move.

Common Treaty beliefs jolted

The Waitangi Tribunal has given the country plenty to think about with the release of its findings on Stage 1 of the Te Paparahi o Te Raki Inquiry.

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Deals stuck and frozen

Save for one of those monumental South Korean parliamentary brawls, a free-trade agreement with New Zealand is about to come into effect.

Ethical path to sanctuary

It may be age-related but I seem to be drawn to philosophy as the starting point for many of my musings these days.

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An especially squalid betrayal

OPINION: What happens in the back of ambulances is often invasive.

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More subsidies for businesses

OPINION: Tourist industry leaders published a short wish list before the general election.

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