Hero in a half-shell mussel

New Zealand is apparently famous for its half-shell mussels.

Mussels on a barbeque at the Blessing of the Fleet at the ...

OPINION: "So what do you think of New Zealand? Have you been here before?"

Beginning of the end?

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Minister of Education, Patricia Hekia Parata meets with Horowhenua school ...

How the education minister ensure the checks and balances are sufficiently robust ?

Confessions of my self imposed news ghetto

The writer admits despite the plethora of information out there - she does not consume the news.

OPINION: I'm about to bite the media hand that feeds me by admitting that I don't read newspapers.

Counting your blessings down on the farm

Joyce Wyllie of Kaihoka collects her fresh fish from the mudflats.

OPINION: To be thankful and focus on good things doesn't change circumstance but does alter outlook and impact on others.

Stoking fires of progress

A meeting of key players at the site of the Stoke community centre development at Greenmeadows in April this year.

It's been referred to as the forgotten suburb, but to treat it as such would be a mistake.

Guy Williams: NZ's quiet racism

Guy Williams: is NZ quietly racist?

If you're against one of our cultures, then you're not a New Zealander and you should pack your bags.

'Crisis denysis' does nothing for poor

John Key seems to be missing that the critical issue is housing, says Russell Harding.

As winter 2016 draws to a close the most critical area by a country mile in New Zealand politics is - wait for it - housing.

Water crisis raises questions

Traces of E.coli were found in one of serveral water tankers, filled in Hastings, being used to supply residents in ...

OPINION: All councils should consider the security of vital infrastructure and how best to issue alerts.

All Blacks talking points video

Highlanders No 8 Liam Squire looms as the reserve lock for New Zealand on Saturday.

Let's have a look at the selection talking points ahead of Bledisloe I.

In the firing line

Around 70 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) troops deployed to help train Iraqi ...

There have been enough horror stories around military procurement that a degree of cynicism is inevitable.

Age of ageism road to divisiveness

Enhancing Rocks Road's scenic and recreational values is a key argument for the Southern Link, says Angela Fitchett.

OPINION: Baby boomers have been getting a hard time lately, but it's an unfair call, says Angela Fitchett.

The need to lead

Who will get your vote?

OPINION: It's great to have a vision, but you also have to be able to sell it.

Outsider's guide to the Olympics

Women's beach volleyball provides a clash of cultures at the Rio Olympics.

Wahoo, the Olympics – my one chance to be a sports fan. I chug beer, abuse the ref and cheer myself hoarse when a Kiwi wins a medal.

No more for the road

Just like modern trampers through the Mackay Downs, road engineers investigating the Heaphy Highway Road would have ...

OPINION: Frankly, I'm sick of local mayors calling for a new road through Kahurangi National Park.

Cold callers need cold response

Cold-calling has become an insidious way to exploit the vulnerable.

They're persistent, persuasive and can even seem plausible. They're also parasitic pests.

Locking out drink-drivers

The Government has signalled a law change requiring mandatory use of interlocks for the worst drink-drivers.

The drop-off in drink-drive reoffending in countries that use them has been significant.

Consummate performance

The Nelson Civic Choir and Orchestra, shown here at a rehearsal of The Armed Man last year, shone in their latest ...

Stabat Mater, by Karl Jenkins, Nelson Civic Choir and Orchestra, with Greenhill Orchestra, Old St John's, Nelson, August 7).

Secret delights of duck hunting

Jake Mirfin, left and his grandfather Stuart Mirfin in a maimai.

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Hunt for macho men and spinsters

People protest in Accra at rising prices. Ghana has a high unemployment rate that leaves many looking for jobs for a ...

There was an advert in one of Ghana's biggest papers last week searching for machomen and a spinster.

All steamed up

There are still mixed signals from health authorities on vaping and a lack of robust, long-term research around a ...

It defies logic to allow sales of a killer product while banning a much safer substitute.

Why Nelson is better than Auckland

Angela Fitchett prefers Nelson's small city charm over the bright lights of Auckland's metropolis.

OPINION: Sky-high property prices, traffic congestion and dank weather? Angela Fitchett prefers a small city where the living is easy.

Bid to save buried treasure

Scallop beds in Nelson and Marlborough have been closed this season to protect declining stocks.

Shellfish are the canary in the mine for our marine environment and the warning signs are clear enough.

Saying goodbye to a faithful friend

Bob Irvine's 14-year-old border collie Sammie enjoys some pampering.

On a final road trip with his 14-year-old dog, Bob Irvine reflects on the hardest decision facing a pet owner.

Safety boost from being well-read

DOC operations ranger Paul Dulieu who came up with the bolder, new avalanche warning signs for the Nelson Lakes National ...

OPINION: Red is a universal sign of danger. It's also the colour our faces turn when we do something stupid.

Scallop closure essential

A temporary closure of the Southern Scallop Fishery area (SCA7) in the Marlborough Sounds is the best way to ensure the ...

COLUMN: The closure of the Marlborough Sounds scallop fishery is the only option, writes Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith.

Treasured park gets a boost

New areas have been added to the Kahurangi National Park, including alongside the Westhaven Inlet in Golden Bay.

It's home to rare heavyweights of the creepy-crawly kind: giant carnivorous snails, 12cm spiders and metre-long worms.

There is no escaping the ugly power of the mob

Police retreat from anti Springbok tour protesters in Auckland in 1981

OPINION: Racism and xenophobia exist here too and that means that New Zealand may breed its own homegrown Trump.

Wine awards can be relied on

Wine judge Jim Harre.

The independence of wine show judging processes give a solid indicator of quality to consumers.

What we did in the holidays

Simon Says was a popular electronic game in the 1970s.

Who needs Pokemon Go when you can reminisce about the old games?

For want of a check, a speech was lost

Melania Trump, left, stirred huge controversy at the Republican National Convention with a speech that used phrases from ...

"Melania, you're fired." If only a camera had been rolling on America's wannabe first couple in their Cleveland hotel. That behind-closed-doors chat would have been revealing.

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