OPINION: Only a very bad novelist would dare to write a scenario as simplistic as the current presidential election in Indonesia.
OPINION: On the surface, euthanasia is a peculiar subject for Key to bring up before a general election.
OPINION: The "challenging" nature of the main road links in and out of Nelson has been well documented.
OPINION: Despite the boring argument that politics isn't a woman's game, the numbers are ever increasing.
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.
Hola amigos. Is it just me, or is Motropolis feeling mighty multicultural these days?
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.
OPINION: You can only hope the cluster of business closures in Nelson is an unfortunate coincidence.
Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It that "all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players".
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.
Encouragement is a good thing. Yelling at coaches, referees and the players is not.
Pick your days and sea conditions and fishing in Tasman Bay can be remarkably pleasant.
RUSSELL HARDING - The Nelson Mail
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.
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.
OPINION: Free parking for much of Nelson CBD over winter is a bold and significant move.
OPINION: Running a city is no job for the faint-hearted.
Latest deluge raises more questions about urban infrastructure's ability to cope with severe weather.
OPINION: Scallop-lovers need to play their part in encouraging recovery of this precious resource.
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.
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.
To thrive and enjoy the motherhood experience, regular intimate contact with our littlies is essential.
KATHRYN MARSHALL - Nelson
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.
The Winter Festival is poised to lift our gloom, and not a day too soon.
Three very rainy weeks and I didn't have a drop to drink. A Motueka winter is full of contradictions like that.
It's not hard to think up a whole range of implications of the latest in smart ideas from Google.
Hands up all those who have read French economist Thomas Piketty's best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
The Glenn Inquiry brings a renewed focus to a problem that is a cause for national shame.
Medical knowledge and treatment have advanced since colonial times but the varieties and causes of human suffering have not.
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.
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.