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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.

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.

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