Until the Labour Party decides who and what it stands for and unites behind a credible leader, it will struggle to rebuild public support.
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".
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.
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.
Compared to the white-water rapids ride of the election campaign, election night was a gently meandering river.
Rogues and vagabonds resurfaced this week. No, not in the lead-up to polling day (and please remember to vote) but in a story about a United States painter.
OPINION: Jim Hilton argues that supporters of the pesticide 1080 have got it all wrong.
The 2014 election campaign has been, in a word, bizarre.
OPINION: Maryann Ewers and Bill Rooke spell out the importance of using 1080.
The pressures on the public health system are many and varied.
In holding fire till election week, Kim Dotcom might have inadvertently caused more harm to his own aspirations than to National's.
The only thing that gets me as riled up as people who choose not to vote, is losing at Monopoly. And I hate losing at Monopoly.
National's plan to close the Marlborough Sounds to commercial fishing is likely to be greeted with some scepticism.
Eternal vigilance may be the price of freedom, but when does it get too steep?
OPINION: Thanks to one man's push for restoration, Nelson's Fairfield House, the place I met my fiancee, lives on.
In just a half-step in the long march of history, the internet has transformed the world.
It was good to be reminded that where it counts most, New Zealand politics is not so dire and soiled after all.
As the election countdown enters its final stages another critical vote of interest to New Zealanders is also looming.
This week I am going to be digging my grave with my teeth. Or I am going on a diet which will miraculously improve my health.
The region's oral health expert is generous to a fault in refusing to blame the parents of kids whose teeth have been munted by excessive sugar consumption.
There has been a huge outpouring of grief at the death of teenager Kathleen McInroe.
What a great tradition the Royal Humane Society for Bravery awards are.
This week The Suter Art Gallery launched a public fundraising campaign to purchase a painting by nationally renowned artist, Rita Angus, which would fill a significant gap in this public art collection.