Leading a group united largely by age, and therefore of widely disparate views, will always have its challenges.
Karl du Fresne finds the growing faddism around food, wine and now craft beer leaves a sour taste.
The sudden winding up of the Kahurangi Employment Trust comes as a shock.
It's a touch ironic that the very service that provides a lifesaving service needs some rescuing itself.
Could this be the big one? Already the World Health Organisation is putting the Ebola deathrate in West Africa at a terrifyingly high 70 per cent.
Labour's message has become as fractured as its leadership.
As much as I hate to say it, the end of another year is looming upon us. Being an obsessively Type A personality, I'm already thinking about new year's resolutions.
When it comes to road safety, there are few more sensitive areas than outside a school.
Columnist Angela Fitchett finds, after spending the winter away, that there's no place like home.
Bob Irvine weighs the cons and cons of that necessity of modern corporate life, the call centre.
John Kirwan could have rested on his laurels. He's had enough of them to be very comfortable.
The Government's apparent determination to tackle housing disparity is encouraging - up to a point.
Sadly, many women have an ambiguous and not altogether happy relationship with their bodies.
A police focus on motorcycle safety this summer is welcome.
It's been a good season for the Makos. We'll soon know if it's destined to be a great one.
Cycling is an activity worth supporting. It has few downsides - it is a plus even for those intolerant motorists who seem to burst into road rage every time they see lycra.
I was one of those annoying kids who always knew what they wanted to do in life.
Shortly before she died, New Zealand and the world came to know Vivian Waller. Or rather, to know of her.
Until the Labour Party decides who and what it stands for and unites behind a credible leader, it will struggle to rebuild public support.
In the bigger picture, the well-aired and tiresome arguments over the use of 1080 are a sideshow - and so is the Battle for the Birds.
The combination of an unfamiliar road network, a strange rental car and an incompetent navigator means entering and exiting cities like Madrid can be "interesting".
OPINION: Official advice to the Government on poverty was bound to raise hackles, once the documents were flushed into the open.
Some mothers put so much effort into feeding their kids well that they forget about themselves.
Elizabeth Bean urges cyclists to give the Tasman Great Taste Trail a spin.
If you go down to the park tomorrow, you could be part of a big surprise.
Getting a reliable source of sufficient water for the Waimea Plains to achieve its economic, productive, potential, has been on the wishlist for decades.
What possesses foreign nationals to join a group dedicated to achieving a medieval-style caliphate?
What an extraordinary election campaign. And what an extraordinary result.
RUSSELL HARDING - Nelson
So, I flew back into New Zealand yesterday after two weeks in America. Did I miss anything?
Seeking pure happiness starts to get troublesome when you've got bills to pay - and that goes for people of any age.