Opinion

School starts and kids' well-being

Moving to an earlier age for starting school  could mean less choice, less flexibility, and lower ability to be ...

OPINION: Having children start school before their fifth birthday may not really be good for them.

Deep State, big trouble

The Ataturkian legacy is being smashed to pieces by Turkey's Islamist President, Tayyip Erdogan. Will America's ...

OPINION: Situation in Turkey shows what happens when a populist president believes himself to be in the cross-hairs. Will America's democratic legacy be next?

English reticent, but deals a must

29-07-15 News Photo; David White/FairfaxNZ 
Bill English, Minister of Finance for the NZ National Govt

OPINION: Do the maths: National can't afford not to strike deals with its support partners.

Jackson: EC failing voters

Willie Jackson will stand for Labour at this year's election.

OPINION: What is the use of a democracy if only the middle class vote? The Electoral Commission is to blame for a voting crisis.

The Ohariu charade

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne.

Opinion: This year, both Tory and Green supporters could be holding their nose as they cast their vote in Ohariu.

Dinner date diplomacy

It's the annual trans-Tasman dinner date.  Prime Minister Bill English and wife Mary take a water taxi with Australian ...

Malcolm Turnbull and John Key got on like a house on fire. The Bill English relationship might need work.

Hard to say but it must be said

Tens of thousands of children were taken into state care in the decades following World War II, with many of them ...

OPINION: This is a public apology, given in the name of the people who feel unable to make it.

Pike River disaster lack of leadership

Anna Osbourne, whose husband Milton died in the Pike River Mine disaster, said they were standing up for working class ...

OPINION: We can't use a national tragedy to score political points.

Trump's man doesn't understand 'no'

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has been in the spotlight ever since he was named America's Sexiest Man by ...

OPINION: If we as a nation find Senator Scott Brown's actions abhorrent, we can do more than talk. We can say no.

Alison Mau: Foreign driver toll video

Alison Mau: "We're told visiting drivers are responsible for only a few road deaths (there's still those 700 injuries) ...

OPINION: My friend was seriously injured by a visiting driver. Ministers just don't get it – until they too lose a loved one.

Garner: Disaster in the making?

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee, left, Mayor of Selwyn District Sam Broughton and Prime Minister Bill English ...

OPINION: Who was in control as Christchurch hills and homes were ravaged by fire? No-one very smart is the answer.

Bald-faced lies and other social pleasantries

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer removes lint from Senior White House Advisor Stephen Miller's jacket as he waits ...

OPINION: The ability to stare into a camera and tell a bald-faced lie seems to be a prerequisite for staff in Donald Trump's administration.

Education trafficking is real stuff nation

Deportation is what many migrants fear. It can mean losing money, losing family or – in the worst cases – losing your life.

OPINION: The Indian students at Ponsonby's Unitarian Church aren't the first case and won't be the last case of duped students.

Time for another 'pyjama diplomacy'

Bill English - finding his feet as an international statesman

Aussie PM Malcolm Turnbull has packed his pyjamas for his first diplomatic sleepover since New Zealand's change in prime minister. Will the bromance flame burn on?

Political spin on Port Hills fire

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee, left, pictured with Selwyn District Mayor Sam Broughton and Prime Minister Bill ...

OPINION: The PM, minister and mayor were all singing the same song – forget about the muck ups.

A swirl of confusion around every emergency

Christchurch Adventure Park shows the destruction caused by the fires.

OPINION: Despite all its quake practice, Civil Defence is giving out unclear messages, and creating more anxiety.

Build a coalition of the willing

A Palestinian boy, who lives in a container as a temporary replacement for his destroyed house, jumps over a flooded ...

Opinion: Until there are leaders in Israel and Palestine with a longer-term vision, the world should do all it can to help find regional or creative solutions to the conflict.

Counting our trans-Tasman blessings

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull is visiting New Zealand. Should we care?

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and Bill English are set to pow wow at a luxury Queenstown resort. So why should we care again?

Will English speak up to Turnbull?

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will visit New Zealand on Friday for his first meeting with Bill English.

OPINION: The prime minister needs to take a stand on Australia's offshore detention horror.

Devil in the details

Ainslie Talbot is urging better bowel cancer screening in NZ after receiving treatment in 2014.

A bowel cancer screening test saved Ainslie Talbot's life but he worries the national programme has too many catches.

Resolution weakens chances of peace

A Palestinian man rides a donkey near the Israeli settlement of Maale Edumim, in the occupied West Bank.

Opinion: The latest United Nations resolution on Israel's settlements activity, co-sponsored by New Zealand, will hinder peace efforts rather than enhance them.

NZ's already done a Donald

"Arguably, Robert Muldoon was not as outrageous as Trump. Still, he once punched demonstrators, and stripped naked at a ...

OPINION: Sure, he wasn't as outrageous. But he was rude, frank and once got naked at a cocktail party.

Holding fast in uncertain times

Prime Minister Peter Fraser addressed the plenary session of the United Nations in 1945, speaking of the need to embrace ...

Opinion: As the new US administration displays values at odds with our own, NZ must never be afraid to speak out.

By-elections too often meaningless charades

The Mana by-election in 2010, prompted by the resignation of Winnie Laban. Kris Faafoi held it for Labour but the ...

OPINION: Electorate votes cast in by-elections should not be able to make or break a government.

Winston Peters no Trump

Winston Peters may be New Zealand's own populist political leader but that does make him a Trump, says Chris Trotter.

OPINION: Political experts have begun speculating as to whether we might be in line for an Antipodean version of "The Donald".

Willie Jackson: Why Labour for me?

Willie Jackson is standing for Labour as a list MP at the election this year.

OPINION: For nine years I have watched communities disintegrate while some in our beautiful country have advanced.

Good time to reform Reserve Bank

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has announced there will be a caretaker governor for the Reserve Bank, after Graeme ...

OPINION: Graeme Wheeler's departure offers an opportunity to make some overdue changes to an important institution.

Should he stay or should he go?

Zimbabwe anti-riot police beat up a man as they disperse protesters in the capital Harare.

OPINION: If we send killer William Nduku back to Zimbabwe, it will be to his death.

Summer lesson: 'Learn to exploit foreigners'

Relaxing in the Vanuatu sun as New Zealand endures a drizzly week - it's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

As cool rain swept across Auckland and Peter Thiel's residential status fuelled angst among what passes for our intelligentsia, I sweated through a few days on Efate's southern shores.

Summer's strange, mad beauty

SEPTEMBER 25: We turn our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time and summer. And in central Auckland, a 4-year-old ...

As Aristotle mused, while slapping sunscreen on the skin left exposed by his beach toga: The whole is greater than the summer of fits and starts.

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