Opinion

Who has time to protest anything?

TPPA protests in New Plymouth.

It's February and the kids are back in school uniforms; the caravan is secure in its shady resting place after its yearly outing and, the golden weather has kicked into overdrive.

Lesson in sportsman's tragic death

Tributes have poured in from around the world for mountainbiker Kelly McGarry.

The death of Nelson mountainbiker Kelly McGarry in Queenstown this week has, in a poignant way, brought home his international significance in the sporting world.  

Refugees need global and local solutions

An Internally displaced young Syrian carries a baby inside a refugee camp in the Hama countryside, Syria last month.

News of Syrian refugees finally arriving in New Zealand last week couldn't come soon enough.

What if Trump got in?

U.S. Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks at a veteran's rally in Des Moines, Iowa.

OPINION: The idea of Donald Trump becoming President doesn’t exactly calm my nerves.

Last rodeo on horizon?

Are some rodeo practices, such as bullriding, on their way out?

Rodeos have been a part of New Zealand summers for more than 50 years, but their place is under increasing scrutiny.

Time to ban rodeo stuff nation

Liam Hofsteede of Ashburton competes in the 2nd division Bull Ride  at the Richmond Rodeo held at the A and P Showgrounds on Saturday. Later in the day a bull had to be put down after breaking its leg in the ring.

OPINION: OPINION: The injuries caused to animals at recent rodeos highlights the danger to them, of being terrorized for entertainment.

St Arnaud’s time is coming

This image of Lake Rotoiti in August was a finalist for the cover of National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Like a lot of people I find it hard to resist the occasional flutter on Lotto.

Enjoy live music? Give something back stuff nation

"We welcome non-paying customers, but rather than putting a door charge on they can give something to the community." - Sprig & Fern owner Lee Fern.

OPINION: Love of live music behind move to ask for donations, Nelson bar owner explains.

Lewd, crude or doodle?

Ghanaian artist Wisa who has denied a charge of indecent exposure during a performance.

There's a confusing story here in Ghana which makes me double over in laughter each time I hear of it.

Shock therapy pays off for Monty

Weka? What weka? Monty Lawrey's weka aversion therapy is deemed a success after he ignored three dead examples of the bird.

It’s not every day you drive miles out of town to let a complete stranger electrocute your pet but that’s exactly what our family did last weekend.

Secret search raises troubling questions

The secret police search of Rolf and Ute Kleine's Golden Bay home raises questions about the use of search and surveillance powers.

When controversial search and surveillance laws were narrowly passed four years ago, then Justice Minister Judith Collins said they brought "order, certainty, clarity and consistency to messy, unclear and outdated search and surveillance laws."

The perils of fireworks on a hot, dry day

Paul Tranter at the fire on Pomona Road, Ruby Bay, caused by fireworks.

OPINION: The last thing I wanted to do was call out my own brigade on New Year's Day.

Murchison suicide bombing a world first

Murchison Courthouse the day after the suicide bombing in 1905.

Forget Islamic extremists or anything to do with the Middle East, the world's first strapped-on suicide bombing happened in Murchison.

If I was mayor

If Bob Irvine became mayor he would declare agapanthus as Nelson's civic flower.

OPINION: Some are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them, and still others chase it down the street.

What makes region number one

Nelson has the winning combination of nature and a population who love to live here, says Matt Lawrey.

If you're reading this and you're in Nelson, you're a winner!

Diversions and divisions

It's the middle of the holidays and the kids are bouncing around the house with all the increasing energy and noise of a kettle about to boil. 

Freshwater fishery under pressure

Three's company, any more is a crowd: three Aussie mates enjoy fishing the Nelson/Tasman wilderness.

Competition is part and parcel of life.

The name game

Naming your baby is one of the first tricky parenting decisions.

As many parents know, choosing a name for your darling newborn son or daughter can be tricky.

Wishes for 2016

You'll have more time and money for activities like kayaking the Abel Tasman if you can downsize your mortgage.

OPINION: One of my favourite philosophies goes like this: it doesn't matter if you're an optimist or a pessimist, the result is likely to be the same but the optimist will have a better time of it.

Summer of '71

French Pass store keeper Roy Webber outside his new store with the writer's son Michael Fitchett,1, in 1983.

OPINION: Memories of a golden summer in French Pass are still strong for Angela Fitchett.

Five wishes for Nelson sport in 2016

Injury hampered James Lowe's 2015, but will his comeback result in an All Blacks call-up this year?

Will the Tasman Makos finally produce their first All Black in 2016?

Making the ordinary extraordinary

Former All Black captain Richie McCaw has been appointed to the Order of New Zealand.

An "ordinary boy from Kurow" is now among the 20 most extraordinary New Zealanders.

Slice of the 60s

The golden, as yet undeveloped, sweep of Kaiteriteri beach featured in a mid-1960s edition of the NZ Weekly News.

That moment where pupil surpasses teacher is the ultimate accolade. Is it heck! The latter gets their butt kicked by an ingrate who doesn't even have the decency to lie to you.

Forget the things that matter, pour yourself another Christmas wine

Looking towards Rabbit Island from near Enner Glynn.

OPINION: All this heavy talk makes me really thirsty so I poured myself another wine really fast.

Christmas anticipation in Ghana

Kakamotobi performers spotted waiting at a traffic jam in Accra.

OPINION: Musical pineapples and hanging birds: A history of weird Christmases abroad.

Nick Smith's survey joke

Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith.

OPINION: Nick Smith's annual poll looks little more than a publicity stunt designed to give him the appearance of a mandate for the things that he wants to do regardless of actual public opinion.

Time may be right for Clark

Helen Clark would have the backing of John Key's Government if she makes a bid to become United Nations
Secretary-General.

Cometh the hour, cometh the woman. 

City of Sales moves on

Central Auckland has scrubbed up well since Bob Irvine worked there.

"How do they know where anything is?" an elderly matron asks, her face beaming amid the grown-up equivalent of a sweet shop. Unity Books in Auckland has the loose air of an opshop, taunting the imagination with thoughts of treasures lurking.

Nelson’s own Pike River disaster

The sign at the entrance to the Wynne & Son Coalmine is today all that marks the 1958 Mangarakau Mine Disaster.

The sign at the entrance to the Wynne & Son Coalmine is today all that marks the 1958 Mangarakau Mine Disaster.

Lights out in Ghana

Stacey Knott joins the rest of Ghana in dealing with daily power cuts.

Ghana has a bad problem with its electricity. Every night around 6pm, I cross my fingers and wait for a click or a beep.

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