Opinion

Good news, the Government is spending up big

We have neglected infrastructure such as roads and rail for decades, says Shamubeel Eaqub.

We ignored infrastructure investment for three decades, and the past is catching up with us, says Shamubeel Eaqub.

When free speech meets Anzac Day

Alison Mau: "I love the way we've remembered about Anzac Day. I love what it means to us. I don't like the way it's ...

OPINION: A young boy's outrage on our most sacred day of remembrance gets Alison Mau thinking about free speech.

Seat warming not Nikki Kaye's style

Incoming Education Minister Nikki Kaye has a big job ahead implementing the massive changes started under Hekia Parata's ...

OPINION: Can new education minister Nikki Kaye master "modernising" the cart without spooking the horses?

Damien Grant: My chemical romance

By banning codeine, the Government, is going to force people to endure unnecessary pain in order to protect someone who ...

Opinion: Codeine is going to be restricted here despite the entire population at some stage. The stupidity is incomprehensible.

An expensive addiction

With immigration, some people win – but as many economists point out, many Kiwis lose out with rising house prices and ...

OPINION: We welcome immigrants, their families, their businesses - and their money. But at what point should NZ say 'Enough'?

Everything's going Winston's way

Labour leader Andrew Little has jumped on the immigration bus.

OPINION: That sound National ministers keep hearing behind them? It's Winston Peters breathing down their necks.

Anzac wreath invokes wrath

John Minto and other protesters laid a wreath at Burnham Military Camp on Anzac Day.

OPINION: To complain about peace protesters laying a wreath on Anzac Day is to miss the point of what protest is all about.

Stop tenure review

Parts of the picturesque Irishman Creek in Mackenzie Basin are being placed into freehold.

OPINION: The best, easiest, and cheapest thing New Zealand could do for the land and water of the South Island is to stop high country tenure review.

Stop the 'flood' of migrants? Rubbish

John Edens, Stuff journalist and ''migrant''.

OPINION: I couldn't disagree more with the idea that NZ lets in too many migrants.

Economy needs immigration

Wellington Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Milford.

OPINION: Being able to hire someone with the necessary skills is essential for business.

Migration debate triggers a logic bypass

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse imposed a "remuneration test" as a proxy for skills.

OPINION: Recent boom in work and student visas suggests room for cuts.

From the beehive with Ria Bond

New Zealand First MP Ria Bond.

On Monday, Prime Minister Bill English appeared on The AM Show and pledged "more money for more people, because in the end this is a people business", when talking mental health. 

Fire-fighting fit on all fronts

Damage to the Christchurch Adventure Park from last month's widespread Port Hills fire.

OPINION: The unified Fire and Emergency Management service will be flexible enough to cope with the risks and needs of different communities.

A wider outlook on war

Collective displays of memory and patriotism mark Anzac Day in the 21st century.

OPINION: Anzac Day serves as a day to acknowledge our fallen, but perhaps we should also acknowledge some other imperatives.

Public radio at its finest

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, one of three prime ministers featured so far on RNZ's The 9th Floor.

OPINION: RNZ mighht be too full of itself sometimes, but The 9th Floor is excellent.

Brownlee's paradoxical legacy

Then Prime Minister John Key, Gerry Brownlee and then Mayor Bob Parker before they entered the tent city in Latimer ...

Six and a half years after it started, one of the more remarkable tenures in New Zealand politics is over.

Brownlee's promotion the easy call video

Gerry Brownlee has been handed the foreign minister's job vacated by Murray McCully.

OPINION: The tougher and more "political" call in Monday's reshuffle was Nick Smith's demotion.

Ditching deciles fine in theory

Outgoing Education Minister Hekia Parata wants to replace the school decile system.

OPINION: Hekia Parata's "big data" revolution holds promise - as well as risks.

Politics trumps economics

Aged care workers won a landmark legal case for higher wages this week.

OPINION: There is no shortage of unskilled people willing to be aged-care workers and their wages are comparatively pathetic.

Why election campaigns aren't what they used to be

This is how it's done. Winston Peters never left the hustings.

OPINION: Everything else is changing so fast these days. Why not election campaigns as well?

A pay rise for the ages

Telani Esene, left, Kristine Bartlett and Eneata Apineru celebrate the historic pay equity settlement in Wellington.

Workers win a pay increase and Britain prepares for chaos.

Immigration policy a disgrace

A immigrant worker is happy to do work New Zealanders scorn.

OPINION: Vast sectors of our economy would collapse without immigrants but do we really need them?

One-size-fits-all fire-fighting model unfair

The rural fire that spread over Christchurch's Port Hills in February. The current arrangement for dealing with fires in ...

OPINION: Putting fire and risk management under one umbrella won't bring the expected benefits but will see costs soar.

No case for compulsory voting

Being uninterested in politics is rational - any one voter's choice is virtually inconsequential.

OPINION:  There is little reason to think New Zealand's democracy needs saving by coercing people to vote.

Editorial: Surface changes on immigration

Record-high immigration levels have put a strain on infrastructure, especially housing.

OPINION: The Government's latest tweaks don't answer the bigger concerns about immigration.

Immigration: More or less desirable?

NZ First leader Winston Peters has been heckling for decades about immigration levels.

OPINION: Immigration - can't do without it, struggle to live with it.

Inching forward on fixing immigration video

New Zealand takes in more new permanent residents than almost any and yet we have one of the poorest productivity ...

OPINION: The Government is right to curb the number of low-skilled migrants, but it doesn't go far enough.

Solving the super dilemma

Today an increased number of older people have considerable savings and income beyond New Zealand superannuation.

OPINION: The debate about superannuation seems to focus solely on the age of eligibility. Equally important is how to limit the amount paid to those who do not need state support.

Brexit's impact on New Zealand

British Prime Minister Theresa May took the UK's top job in the wake of the Brexit referendum.

OPINION: NZ's pro-remain attitude reflects a maturing relationship with the UK and EU.

Can I please have some answers?

Early childhood teacher with children, pre-school, kindergarten, generic, reading. Photo: 123rf.com

OPINION: Blenheim woman Kia King has some questions for our government departments.

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