Indonesia's election

Indonesia anti-terrorist police raid

OPINION: Only a very bad novelist would dare to write a scenario as simplistic as the current presidential election in Indonesia.

Raising euthanasia

John Key in Petone

OPINION: On the surface, euthanasia is a peculiar subject for Key to bring up before a general election.

A community concern

Road generic

OPINION: The "challenging" nature of the main road links in and out of Nelson has been well documented.

Time for a fresh face

Max Martin,

OPINION: Despite the boring argument that politics isn't a woman's game, the numbers are ever increasing.

Housing for elderly a concern


More confirmation - not that it's needed - of the challenges faced in meeting the needs of an ageing population has come at a national conference in Nelson.

Mot's multicultural melting pot


Hola amigos. Is it just me, or is Motropolis feeling mighty multicultural these days?

Cool Auctions offers something new


Election years bring out the worst in politicians, of any hue, so one's thoughts naturally turn to the finer qualities of military juntas. Except without the military because they're an erratic bunch when off the leash.

Harsh lessons from closures

 Greg Shaw

OPINION: You can only hope the cluster of business closures in Nelson is an unfortunate coincidence.

'Boldness be my friend'

Luke Burke

Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It that "all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players".

Diplomatic immunity is a necessary tool

Murray McCully

The Nelson Mail

Our justice system is built on the admirable convention of there being one law for all. One glaring exception to this rule involves diplomatic immunity.

Be a good sport


Encouragement is a good thing. Yelling at coaches, referees and the players is not.

Fish bite in winter, too

Mark Carney

Pick your days and sea conditions and fishing in Tasman Bay can be remarkably pleasant.

Sieving through the nitty gritty

Mark Carney


Making sense of a lumpy and gritty world ain't easy. I came to this conclusion after spending too much time this week in my pottery, sieving glazes. When the task at hand is dull, oh how the mind does wander.

Quest for intelligent life

Mark Carney

NAOMI ARNOLD - The Nelson Mail

There are plenty of AI experiments online, so I thought I'd find a few and ask them some pressing Nelson questions.

Free parking move deserves praise

Parking meter

OPINION: Free parking for much of Nelson CBD over winter is a bold and significant move.

Feathers flying over an issue far from paltry


OPINION: Running a city is no job for the faint-hearted.

Never rains but it pours

Nelson floods

Latest deluge raises more questions about urban infrastructure's ability to cope with severe weather.

Time to ban scallop fishing


OPINION: Scallop-lovers need to play their part in encouraging recovery of this precious resource.

Hair today, but maybe gone tomorrow

Lucan Battison

It's astonishing to think how the lawyer for 16 year-old Lucan Battison has the temerity to compare his battle to retain his long locks with that of Martin Luther King Jr's fight for justice.

Safety at risk; new rules needed

Dr Ngahuia Te Awekotuku

There's a high-pitched buzzing noise in my ears. It's Thursday afternoon, I'm lying face-down, and needles are piercing my skin at between 80 and 150 times a second.

Connection of chemical rewards

mother and child

To thrive and enjoy the motherhood experience, regular intimate contact with our littlies is essential.

Weka back in gardens

lone weka


On Mother's Day a weka was on my lawn. This weka settled in and before long my hebes and hedge had weka tunnels at various locations.

Burying the ghost of WOW

The Winter Festival is poised to lift our gloom, and not a day too soon.

Warming winter workout

Lambs and daffodils

Three very rainy weeks and I didn't have a drop to drink. A Motueka winter is full of contradictions like that.

Editorial: Bubble travel next big thing?

It's not hard to think up a whole range of implications of the latest in smart ideas from Google.

Left’s poster boy gets it wrong

Thomas Piketty

Hands up all those who have read French economist Thomas Piketty's best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

Light needed on abuse's shadow

The Glenn Inquiry brings a renewed focus to a problem that is a cause for national shame.

Medical cures with a whiff of doom

Medical knowledge and treatment have advanced since colonial times but the varieties and causes of human suffering have not.

Mission impossible in Iraq

The current bloodbath in Iraq illustrates the depth of failure of the US-UK-led invasion on the pretext of destroying Saddam Hussein's so-called weapons of mass destruction.

Parking restrictions a 'necessary evil'


OPINION: You get held up a minute or two in the Lotto queue and d'oh! An unwelcome notice of your indiscretion tucked behind the windscreen wiper.

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