Time for a serious debate


OPINION: The only thing the royals didn't charm was the weather.

Wakatu case puts doubt on 'final'

Ngati Haua Treaty settlement

Those who feel a general unease about the Treaty settlement process might take a little convincing over a key point in yesterday's Nelson Mail lead story.

Proving parochial diehards wrong


Eight years after the Makos' tentative beginning, the Tasman Rugby Union is showing sporting dreams do come true.

Unlikely pairing a big risk

Mana and Dotcom

On the face of it, you couldn't find a much more unlikely pairing than Hone Harawira and Kim Dotcom.

Time to halt the financial support

Lydia Ko

Supporting someone's dream is fair enough, but giving taxpayer dollars to a professional is wrong.

Editorial: A tale of Brashness

don brash

OPINION: Don Brash, what were you thinking?

How should councils be funded?

Generic money

Taxes remain one of life's certainties, but the ways they are applied at a local government level may be in for a shake-up.

Time to resolve Stanton issue

Lewis Stanton

OPINION: Enough is enough. The issues with resident misfit Lewis Stanton need to be resolved.

Post-royal NZ brings hard calls

Catherine Dduchess of Cambridge and George

© Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: The Cambridge's personal appeal may further delay New Zealand's move to a republic that is seen as inevitable by most politicians and commentators.

Opportunity knocks for inner-city living

While some doors are closing for central Nelson, others could be opening.

Weight reduction a matter of attitude

New Zealand is now rated third in the world for obesity, which elevates the risk of type 2 diabetes and many other health issues.

Legal high issue needs to be solved

Mark Brady

OPINION: Legal highs are back on the agenda with a vicar upset with what's happening in his backyard.

Sorry doesn't seem to be the hardest word

Rachel Smalley

OPINION: There are few more repugnant social actions than an insincere apology - and insincerity is one of the easiest acts of personal subterfuge to identify.

Risks and rewards of hitchhiking

Hitchhikers flown to Christchurch

OPINION: As a nation that prides itself on being friendly to visitors, many of us feel shame when tourists suffer harm.

Right decision to end whaling

Whale slaughter

It's a decision that appeared to take everyone by surprise - the comprehensive rejection of Japan's spurious argument over whaling.

Gentleman radio host signs out

Geoff Robinson

Geoff Robinson, who signed off Morning Report today for the last time, has been a fixture in the breakfast routines of New Zealand households for 38 years.

Fighting cancer is everyone's concern

OPINION: Cancer strikes so widely and indiscriminately that most people will know someone with it.

A win for enterprise and community action

 Michael Woodhouse

OPINION: The happy ending for Nelson cafe owners battling to stay in New Zealand shows the value of local action.

Outpouring shows caring community

Adelaide Ketel

A young, innocent life suddenly put at risk by sickness or disease is a nightmare parents hope they never have to face.

Right call to expose WINZ


OPINION: It's tough sticking your head above the parapet - even tougher when you're suffering from a chronic illness. But that's what Sarah Wilson bravely did.

NEXT Foundation shows the way

Abel Tasman

OPINION: Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows, as the Bard reminded us in the Tempest.

Ecofest should go it alone

Nelson ecofest 2013

OPINION: Last year's Ecofest drew 4000 people. Surely that support indicates a "sustainable" funding model could be established without the need for council involvement.

Give RSE workers their voice - and a koha


OPINION: The early days of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme had their share of controversy.

Message must be emphasised

OPINION: This year started with a groundswell of concern over street thuggery in Australia.

Hopes for recovery

Antarctica sunrise

OPINION: The economic landscape is filled with the sights and sounds of optimism.

Bus service boost is needed


Nelson's revamped bus service is showing steady progress two years down the track, but is still making little impact on traffic congestion.

An online race with some real spin-offs

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

OPINION: Through the 1970s and 80s, Top Town roamed the country putting small town teams through crazy obstacle courses.

So now the rises start

mortgage rates

OPINION: One thing about yesterday's rise in the Official Cash Rate - it can't have taken anyone by surprise.

Trafalgar may have met its Waterloo

Trafalgar Centre

Where to rebuild the Trafalgar Centre, if at all?

Bookshops have a bright future

stag emblem

OPINION: Independent bookshops still have a tough road, but reports of their demise are exaggerated.

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