Opinion

Political equivalent of a gold watch

Maurice Williamson - Hollywood bound.

OPINION: Maurice Williamson's main qualification for his new job is time spent serving the National Party.

What becomes of the starving SOEs?

Finance Minister Bill English is squeezing dividends out of SOEs.

OPINION: So, the Government has got these state-owned enterprise.

Wrong direction on plastic bags

Plastic bags are visible in abundance at the Wellington landfill.

OPINION: Environment officials have made a poor call by opposing levies that are working around the world.

The problem with a fishing monopoly

Barry Torkington is an advisor with LegaSea.

OPINION: How does the fishing industry maintain a monopoly structure in this day and age?

97pc of annual catch above sustainable limits

The seafood sector will become increasingly important as a provider of top quality protein – enough for 2.3 billion ...

OPINION: Quota Management System bulwarks one of the world's best managed fisheries.

Clark 'not out of the race' video

Insiders suggest that Helen Clark isn't out of the running for the UN top job despite her latest setback.

OPINION: The inside word on Helen Clark's UN prospects is that she's far from out of the running despite latest setback.

Maori King makes historic call

The announcement was made during 10th anniversary celebrations of Maori King Tuheitia's reign.

The King's speech is an Oscar winning Hollywood movie.

Last gasp for unions?

Labour MP Grant Robertson delivered a 300 word speech on the "future of work" without mentioning trade unions.

OPINION: What should we make of the fact that Grant Robertson's "Future of Work" speech contains no reference to trade unions?

NZ on the Security Council - worth it?

Carolyn Schwalger, Deputy Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the UN, addressed the Security Council on the  ...

ANALYSIS: Are you aware of all New Zealand has done on the Security Council, and what it can do?

Juggling act of competing interests

The separation of Britain from the EU will be occurring against a disquieting background of rising influence inside ...

OPINION: NZ interests and emotional ties are obviously affected by Britain's decision to leave the EU.

Political neutrality always to forefront

The building housing Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment staff.

OPINION: Within the public service, what has remained constant are the bottom line principles of political neutrality and providing free, frank and fearless advice.

Online school plan fails to convince

Education Minister Hekia Parata wants to change the law to allow children to do all their education online.

OPINION: The default presumption should continue to be that children attend a physical school.

Tax power must stay with Parliament

Tax law changes propose taking power away from MPs, which is problematic.

Opinion: Tax law changes propose taking power away from MPs, which is problematic.

Time for some home truths from MPs

Finance Minister Bill English and Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith are sugaring the pill over house prices.

OPINION: It may be open to debate whether the Government faces a "crisis" over housing.

'Time to pop housing bubble'

Real estate agent Steve Koerber has closed 48 sales on the Remuera street he lives on – including one $2 million ...

OPINION: What does a millionaire look like ... Dome-headed Daddy Warbucks? The top-hatted Monopoly man? Or a frazzled Auckland homeowner?

'Unfairness at work continues, thanks to one u-turn'

New Zealand unions have a long history of fighting for rights and safeguards but membership plummeted after the ...

Opinion: The loss of union bargaining power over the years has cost workers the safeguards they used to enjoy.

Catching fish but not value

Perhaps it's time for the creation of a stand-alone government agency for fisheries, with stronger oversight by ...

OPINION: The quota management system (QMS) has failed.

Too COOL for school

Education Minister Hekia Parata says schools have to keep up with being in the 21st century and the technology that ...

OPINION: Oh to be a fly on the wall when the acronoym for 'Community of Online Learning' proposal was decided.

A slim chance is a chance

Helen Clark has risen to take a grip on power when thing looked all but lost, before. Is she capable of a similar trick ...

OPINION: Her chances are slim, but it might not be wise to discount Helen Clark from the UN Sec-Gen race just yet.

Trading dignity for votes

Prime Minister John Key has washed his hands of The Rock radio station's soap "joke".

OPINION: There is a clear warning to the prime minister following his role in a bad taste "joke".

Policy for the birds

Tutaepatu Lagoon is a 49-hectare spring-fed freshwater wildlife sanctuary in Canterbury.

OPINION: A successful native biodiversity National Policy Statement will require all political parties to be on it.

Bring NZ Wars into view

A ceremony marking the handover of Rangiriri, site of one of the major battles in the New Zealand Wars.

OPINION: The New Zealand Wars are a foundational part of this country's history, and every person should have at least a passing knowledge of them.

GG's personal qualities trump doubts

Rubbing shoulders with the people. Alexandra Community Garden long-time volunteer Lloyd Milne with Governor-General Sir ...

When it comes to Sir Jerry Mateparae, Vernon Small came to gripe but stayed to praise.

Historic building boom

The simple, obvious and only solution to housing a growing population is to build more houses and build them faster. ...

OPINION: New Zealand is in the midst of an historic building boom. Across the country, building activity is at an 11-year high.

John Key's Easter Sunday headache

Prime Minister John Key is pushing ahead with plans to let councils decide whether shops can open on Easter Sunday - but ...

OPINION: The PM is playing fast and loose with the facts on the Easter shopping law.

Two watchdogs better than one

New Zealand is part of the Westminster family of nations.

OPINION: One of the constitutional roles of the public service is to provide free and frank advice. Public servant officials should, as the recent Dominion Post editorial wrote, "be brave and tell the minister something that he or she doesn't want to hear".

Andrew Little: National has no answers

Labour leader Andrew Little outside boarded-up derelict state housing in Hamilton.

OPINION: It's official: the average Auckland house price has doubled since the Key Government came to power.

What's your brand, councillor?

"Billboards, brochures and public meetings can build a candidate's brand, but nothing matters as much as an established ...

OPINION: So you want to run for council. Here are some key vote winning branding tips.

Wrong place for sex offender

Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard pushed for a repeat child sex offender to be removed from a house in Maungaraki.

OPINION: Some paedophiles must live in the community, but finding a place for them requires extreme levels of oversight and care.

Risk of inroads into our freedoms

Flowers lie on the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice, where one of more than 80 people were killed by a  French-Tunisian ...

OPINION: Picture the scenario: An act of terrorism like those that have blighted Europe and North America is repeated on New Zealand soil. Now consider how we would react.

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