OPINION: "So what do you think of New Zealand? Have you been here before?"
How the education minister ensure the checks and balances are sufficiently robust ?
OPINION: I'm about to bite the media hand that feeds me by admitting that I don't read newspapers.
OPINION: To be thankful and focus on good things doesn't change circumstance but does alter outlook and impact on others.
It's been referred to as the forgotten suburb, but to treat it as such would be a mistake.
If you're against one of our cultures, then you're not a New Zealander and you should pack your bags.
As winter 2016 draws to a close the most critical area by a country mile in New Zealand politics is - wait for it - housing.
OPINION: All councils should consider the security of vital infrastructure and how best to issue alerts.
Let's have a look at the selection talking points ahead of Bledisloe I.
There have been enough horror stories around military procurement that a degree of cynicism is inevitable.
OPINION: Baby boomers have been getting a hard time lately, but it's an unfair call, says Angela Fitchett.
OPINION: It's great to have a vision, but you also have to be able to sell it.
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.
OPINION: Frankly, I'm sick of local mayors calling for a new road through Kahurangi National Park.
They're persistent, persuasive and can even seem plausible. They're also parasitic pests.
The drop-off in drink-drive reoffending in countries that use them has been significant.
Stabat Mater, by Karl Jenkins, Nelson Civic Choir and Orchestra, with Greenhill Orchestra, Old St John's, Nelson, August 7).
632796180 Jake Mirfin, left and his grandfather Stuart Mirfin in a West Coast maimai. PHOTO: Zane Mirfin
There was an advert in one of Ghana's biggest papers last week searching for machomen and a spinster.
It defies logic to allow sales of a killer product while banning a much safer substitute.
OPINION: Sky-high property prices, traffic congestion and dank weather? Angela Fitchett prefers a small city where the living is easy.
Shellfish are the canary in the mine for our marine environment and the warning signs are clear enough.
On a final road trip with his 14-year-old dog, Bob Irvine reflects on the hardest decision facing a pet owner.
OPINION: Red is a universal sign of danger. It's also the colour our faces turn when we do something stupid.
COLUMN: The closure of the Marlborough Sounds scallop fishery is the only option, writes Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith.
It's home to rare heavyweights of the creepy-crawly kind: giant carnivorous snails, 12cm spiders and metre-long worms.
OPINION: Racism and xenophobia exist here too and that means that New Zealand may breed its own homegrown Trump.
The independence of wine show judging processes give a solid indicator of quality to consumers.
Who needs Pokemon Go when you can reminisce about the old games?
"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.