Opinion

Broken links and silver linings

The November 14 earthquake may spell the end of the line for the main trunk network north of Kaikoura.

EDITORIAL:Spanning the country from Cape Reinga to Bluff, State Highway 1 is New Zealand's most significant road.

That's a fail

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It's just as well the New Zealand Qualifications Authority is calling on independent experts to examine its exam setting processes.

Tiny invaders pose big problems

Argentine ants are experiencing a surge in numbers across the Nelson region.

OPINION: How wonderful if a regional pest management strategy could find a way to tackle Nelson's ant invasion.

Reinventing the world and the word

Former All Black captain Richie McCaw has reinvented himself as a pilot and still gets to hang out with the prime minister.

OPINION: "Post-truth" – that's Oxford Dictionaries 2016 WOTY (word of the year) and what a WOTY it is.

'Crashing witch' illustrates news threat

Fake stories are proliferating through social media, with some surfacing on mainstream platforms.

The rise and spread of fake news makes traditional journalism even more important, says Stacey Knott.

Fishing as world shakes and heavens open

Spotted Beauty: Paul Brower with a typical West Coast brown trout.

Shockwaves from the North Canterbury quake, days of rain and the presidential elections were among the challenges for a fishing guide.

Stanton 'protest' is beyond tiresome

Lewis Stanton says the council should apologise for breaching his human rights.

OPINION: The ongoing spat between Lewis Stanton and the Nelson City Council does no one credit.

Memories of Christmas parties gone by

Dave Graham delivers Father Christmas (Abby King-Turner) to the French Pass WDFF Christmas Party sometime in the mid 1960s

OPINION: I've been to a few over the years and after a while they fall into a pattern – as does almost everything as the years tick by.

Rolling through quake country

Members of the public wait for news about road closures at Civil Defence HQ in Hanmer on Monday.

Ripples from the massive earthquake followed Bob Irvine during a trip south this week.

Lessons in sustainable cities

A bike lane in Hamburg. The bike/pedestrian separation includes street crossings.

Sarah Langi of Nelson Environment Centre talks to eco-architect Lindsay Wood about his recent trip to Germany to learn about Sustainable Cities

Blind eye to mental illness

The neglected Accra Psychiatric Hospital houses 500 patients in basic conditions.

OPINION: Naked, splayed out on the footpath with the scorching sun beating down on him, I spotted the man from my window.

People power gets wheels moving

A sensible compromise may mean these pupils can keep catching a bus to their Nelson schools next year.

Bureaucracies often seem to exist in order to frustrate the public by generating and policing impractical rules.

Fifty shades of despair

Demonstrators make their feelings known about President-elect Donald Trump in New York.

OPINION: I said goodbye to an old, familiar friend this past week.

Staring down barrel of dystopian future

If Donald Trump's puts his campaign policies into practice, there are troubling impacts for everyone.

The worst case scenario reads like some dystopian recipe for World War 3.

Unified front hope for council

The new Nelson City Council at their first meeting in October.

Where would you expect to find a portrait of the Queen positioned directly in the line of fire of two scaled down brass cannons?

Benefits flow from Project Maitai

Children play in the Maitai river in Nelson on - the second most improved river in New Zealand.

OPINION: Let's not be shy in giving due credit to the city council for its efforts to improve the health of the Maitai River.

The inside story of a police 'checkpoint'

What happened when police pulled over a driver at a 'check point'.

OPINION: An elderly woman was pulled over by a young policeman. This is what happened next.

Crusaders finally realise Tasman's got talent

David Havili of the Crusaders runs the ball against the Hurricanes at Trafalgar Park in Nelson last year.

OPINION: Tasman Makos have record representation in the Crusaders, but why did it take this long to get noticed?

Cathedral a building to savour

Parts of Nelson's Christ Church cathedral have been rated a less than 25 per cent of the required standard to withstand ...

OPINION: Christchurch's cathedral was lost; Nelson's own Christ Church Cathedral must be protected at any cost.

Kallil's secret to Suter success

Katrina Kallil in the new Suter Cafe.

"I think the Lebanese are cursed with hospitality, we might want to kill you but we will make sure you are fed very well first."

Tasman Makos not there yet

Tasman winger James Lowe is tackled by Canterbury's Richie Mo'unga during the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership final at AMI ...

OPINION: There's an old saying in sport that suggests, to be the best you must beat the best.

No place for seclusion in schools

Salisbury School principal Brenda Ellis says seclusion is a risky and ineffective way of managing difficult behaviour.

OPINION: Seclusion and restraint practices should be eliminated from schools, says Salisbury School's principal.

Losing battle of the ages

Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell is on a mission to raise awareness of retirement costs.

Politics is no longer a contest of ideas. It is a contest of demographics. It would appear the self interests of our largest voting demographics are winning.

Trump waves ripple around the world

Donald Trump's divisiveness has spread around the world.

Sick of the US election? Me too. But in just over a week it will all be over.

Butterfly pathway must continue

Rebekah Malthus, Tasman Hicks and Jeanie Hicks at the Project Butterfly Memorial Pathway at Fairfield Park.

OPINION: This is real art that carries weight and meaning for families and the wider community.

When good nature gets out of whack

People have much greater sensitivity to the natural world these days, says Angela Fitchett.

OPINION: Did you see the duckling rescue on the news last week?

A walk around our most active volcano

GNS Volcanologists measure chemical composition and temperature at the outtake of Fumarole Zero on White Island

There is something about being on our only offshore island volcano, and this country's most active volcano at that.

Shark attack vs bullfight

The Makos will  be hoping for more action like this Kieron Fonotia try against Taranaki in a narrow Tasman win earlier ...

Ahead of the Makos/ Bulls national semi-final rugby showdown a proud Tasman fan and a one-eyed Taranaki lad give their views on the outcome.

Headwear, hardware, healthcare

A grey fedora sparked a chance encounter on a shopping trip for Bob Irvine.

OPINION: The hat was exceptional: a grey felt fedora with a tribal-beading headband.

Bringing back the birds

Four Nelson schools, each within a thirsty tui's flight of each other, are helping bring more native birds to the city.

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