OPINION: The Salvation Army is lining up a weapon on behalf of many of the people who need its help in the Nelson region.
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OPINION: Saving native species from introduced predators has become a key Department of Conservation objective.
In the music world there is no such thing as an overnight success.
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OPINION: The extent of Nayland College's shrinking roll is both a surprise and a concern.
OPINION: If you didn't know it's election year, politicians have wasted no time reminding us.
It had to happen, didn't it. Election year and Winston Peters looms large again.
OPINION: Perhaps part of the problem is that breeding - the mating act itself - is generally quite pleasurable.
Pardon the cynicism - but politicians announcing reviews are always going to set brows a-knitting. When Education Minister Hekia Parata is involved, a full-length scarf might result.
OPINION: No doubt Peter Dunne hoped his shock resignation would end the scandal that he's become so embroiled in.
OPINION: One thing about yesterday's rise in the Official Cash Rate - it can't have taken anyone by surprise.
Where to rebuild the Trafalgar Centre, if at all?
OPINION: Independent bookshops still have a tough road, but reports of their demise are exaggerated.
OPINION: The sudden disappearance of MH370 with 239 passengers aboard is aviation's most puzzling current mystery. Whether it is also a murder mystery remains to be seen.
OPINION: Half a million dollars to - perhaps - save Tahunanui's dysfunctional modellers' pond. Almost as much again to - hopefully - restore the Maitai River to something approaching full health.
OPINION: You'd have to be hard-hearted not to sympathise with the plight of a Scottish couple who have been told to leave New Zealand.
OPINION: The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust has had the odd critic to contend with.
OPINION: The cruise ships are returning, with six scheduled for this season and next after a break of several years.
OPINION: Every family has a story about cancer. Whether it's a battle that's won or lost, very few of us have not been touched by it.
OPINION: The anguish for the families of the 29 men killed at Pike River shows no sign of abating.
OPINION: The $400,000 boost to improve the health of the Maitai River is one of the most heartening, and least controversial, proposals in the city's annual plan.