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Say it out loud, Charles

Prince Charles was hardly writing to Government powerbrokers to chat. His "black spider memos" apparently sought to champion his causes.

Behind closed doors

Cannot more be done to develop counter-measures against rogue pilots, once they are at the controls?

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Litigation row

The parents of St Bede's rowers taking the school to court should think good and hard about the pyrrhic nature of this victory.

Skill of keeping options open

Former Express editor Lance Dodd considers his loyalties as the Cricket World Cup gets to the pointy end.

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The wind-down from summer

Autumn is beckoning but my thoughts are still with summer and our annual family pilgrimage to Golden Bay. It's a ritual we've observed for 50 years and now there is a third generation enjoying the best swimming beach in that region (which shall remain nameless to discourage an increase in people using it).

Religion not cause of wars - scholar

Religious wars have been fought for millennia but a visiting scholar says religion isn't the cause.

Make sure you are well represented

Blue cod regulations commentator Hugh Shields asks some questions before consultation meetings in Nelson and Picton.

Lest ye be judged, eh?

X-Factor has all the integrity, and just a bit of the methology, of pro-wrestling.

Community with a healthy heart

If you want to get sick somewhere, you might choose Kaikoura.

Time to stop the perks

Prime Minister John Key's plans to curb MPs' pay rises hit a snag last week.

Couldn't see the problem

In case it doesn't go without saying, not everyone who is living with disability carries evidence of their challenges for all to see at a glance.

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By-election brings home bacon

National strategists have played the infrastructural development card after polls showed the safe seat of Northland might fall to Winston Peters.

What a complete act of generosity

The Stars won't be shining at the Marlborough Convention Centre this year because another group of stars, the Spring Creek Lions Club, are taking a well-deserved break.

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Six and not out

Who flinched from the cricket? Lots of us did.

Quick response not enough

New Zealand still has a lot of stepping up to do for storm-tossed Pacific nations, particularly Vanuatu.

Analysing wine's cash harvest

OPINION: Millions are made from New Zealand grapes, writes Keith Woodford.

Equipping our young people

I have visited a number of schools in the electorate and I have noticed that most school mottos or vision statements reflect the desire of the community to encourage pupils to achieve the best they can, to be well prepared for the future and to be lifelong learners.

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Mob's assurances nonsense

Let's be clear about this: We don't want the Mongrel Mob, or any other gang, in our community.

Donations a bit whiffy

OPINION: Nelson-based Talley's, an international exporter of food products, has interests in the seafood, meat, dairy and vegetable sectors.

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Righteous rage not helpful

However bad their driving - and dear God it can be awful - these tourists don't actually have a death wish.

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Really, you shouldn't have . . .

Public displeasure at yet another whizzbang increase in our politicians' pay is reliably worsened by the horribly out-of-tune chorus of regret from the recipients.

Editorial: At the risk of being uncharitable

OPINION: Charity law, says Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew, continues to be "specialist, complex and dynamic".

Caveman policing has its place

OPINION: When police and public rescued a woman from a sinking car in Waitemata Harbour, it didn't really take selfless bravery, superhuman strength or any bolts of inspiration.

Letter writing a dying art

OPINION: The news that Marlborough postal services are to be cut back should come as no surprise.

An opportunity to build for future

Once again the Marlborough community must make decisions with far reaching implications.

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Lashlie - a life that mattered

The passing of Celia Lashlie was a shock. A shock because it came so suddenly, and because she mattered.

Cost-benefit risk on buses

Bluff mother Kylie Fowler is right to contrast the double standard when motorists are required to wear seatbelts but school buses can legally have kids standing.

Take a bow, festival workers

Marlborough Wine Festival 2015 was all we hoped it would be and the thousands who attended went away happy and impressed

From a circus to a shambles

If New Zealanders are grateful the idea of a taxpayer top-up is dead, it appears they have Bill English to thank for reining in John Key's enthusiasm.

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Make parents more responsible

OPINION: The court appearance of a young Christchurch man highlights once again a continuing problem that society seems reluctant to face.

Fonterra blunder mars gains

Helped by the Kiwi dollar's decline against the greenback, the US is on the verge of becoming the New Zealand wine industry's biggest export market.

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Time to sober up at the Sevens

It looks like the sun is setting on the Wellington Sevens - at least as a carnival-style event.

Dedication makes us safer

Recent fire events should remind us that our communities are much safer as a results of the selfless dedication of our volunteer firefighters and the generosity of their employers.

Robust debate essential

National's Kaikoura MP, Stuart Smith , reflects on our national day.

Forestry a contributes to muddy waters

Marlborough-based Green Party MP Steffan Browning comments on the state of Havelock estuary.

Havelock Estuary research ongoing

Marlborough District Council environment committee chairman Peter Jerram responds to comments from Green MP Steffan Browning on the Havelock estuary.

Forest steward holds itself to high standards

Forestry company Nelson Management managing director Lees Seymour responds to comments from Green MP Steffan Browning on the Havelock estuary.

Punishment does not fit crime

Whether home detention is appropriate in cases involving violence and reflects the community's abhorrence needs considering.

Wine trade with US booming

Helped by the NZ dollar's decline against the greenback, the US is becoming the wine industry's biggest export market.

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Midwives' response is telling

Two widely publicised lapses in standards have bruised the midwifery profession's reputation.

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Rustling up a new Russel

Russel Norman is preparing to become political compost. The Greens should be good at that.

Let Kiwi beers fly high again

OPINION: Beer expert Geoff Griggs considers Air NZ's move to drop Kiwi craft beers from its flights.

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Getting down to business

OPINION: The undeniable lack of detail in Labour leader Andrew Little's state of the nation speech doesn't make it insignificant.

The fat of the land

OPINION: How high should we set the bar for weight-loss surgery?

Go slow. Be alert. For pity's sake

OPINION: The rule for passing a school bus that's dropping kids off or picking them up is the same whether you're in the city or a town or a country road.

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.

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