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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.

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.

Going down the plastic road

OPINION: When a Spark store declined to accept cash from a Timaru man trying to pay his bill, his frustration was picked up by many.

Show season is upon us

November marks the beginning of the show season and the Kaikoura electorate is blessed with many A&P shows.

A monster on the loose

Shockingly, it turns out that Phillip John Smith is not only a murderer and child molester. He's also a bit of a fibber.

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Dirty trick

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Dignity within a disgraceful outcome

Pike River

The Pike River families have held faith to an extent that deserves admiration as well as empathy.

A measured response to ISIS

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OPINION: The Prime Minister says the fight against ISIS affects New Zealand, but the effect is limited and our part in it should be limited too.

Lessons from the last election

 Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei

Let's look at the Green Party's position on the New Zealand political spectrum.

Bigger bang theory

Fireworks Palmerston North

Prime Minister John Key's populist antenna serves him well when he predicts it's just a matter of time before fireworks would be for only public displays.

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Absolutely positively new approach

Herzog restaurant and winery

Only Marlborough is a small part of the story, but it is the catch phrase that will become the "shop front" of the campaign

Message is to keep yourself safe

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OPINION: On the evidence so far, police and the public are entitled conclude that the right reactions kicked in during the robberies of two Invercargill stores.

Rural base needs voice too

The Marlborough District Council is developing a "smart and connected" project for the province, its people and business.

Browning didn't think it through

GREEN MP: Steffan Browning.

In a mentally alfresco moment, Greens list MP Steffan Browning suggested that homeopathy should be investigated as a cure for Ebola.

Uncle Brown is coming to town

TC Campbell

OPINION: Building resilience, or in more basic language, taking the "Oh, bugger" out of life and farming is core business for us Averys.

Not off the hook

How well the police did their job in their investigation of the Roast Busters is open to argument, but they proved no-one's innocence.

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Job well done

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Let's not sound the alarm

The family TV set could be more threatening than the terrorists whose mayhem it vividly brings into our homes.

Censorship imposed on the tame

Friends

When my flatmates and I are not working or hanging out with friends from church, we like to "chillax" in front of the TV.

New MP relishes experience

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Last week, with the official opening of Parliament, being sworn in and giving my maiden speech, at last I have had a taste of the real thing.

Workers take wins where they can

Wellpack workers

Dispassion can be hard to muster when an employee is already feeling stressed to bits.

Clusters help rural business to blossom

Ifor Ffowcs-Williams

Ifor Ffowcs-Williams makes the case for innovative business clusters to boost the economy.

Not perfect, but worth a shot

Generic cold and flu

There's no case for reproach against those who chose, or manufactured, this year's flu-shot vaccine.

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Voting more than speaking rights

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New Zealand's competitive side tends to kick in when it comes to contests such as our just-won seat on the UN Security Council

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