Child poverty a battle

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OPINION: The Salvation Army is lining up a weapon on behalf of many of the people who need its help in the Nelson region.

DOC deserves extra cash

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OPINION: Saving native species from introduced predators has become a key Department of Conservation objective.

The year of our Lorde

Lorde at gig

In the music world there is no such thing as an overnight success.

Roll slump surprise

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OPINION: The extent of Nayland College's shrinking roll is both a surprise and a concern.

Parties hit the trail

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OPINION: If you didn't know it's election year, politicians have wasted no time reminding us.

Peters looms again as kingmaker

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It had to happen, didn't it. Election year and Winston Peters looms large again.

Mollycoddling helping kids?

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OPINION: Perhaps part of the problem is that breeding - the mating act itself - is generally quite pleasurable.

System review needs to be open-minded

Hekia Parata

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.

Dunne decision, but no answers

OPINION: No doubt Peter Dunne hoped his shock resignation would end the scandal that he's become so embroiled in.

Acquaculture v the environment


OPINION: When two parties to a dispute voice equally critical responses to a judicial decision it generally suggests the judges have got it right.

Geneva deal on Ukraine in trouble

Slaviansk, Ukraine

OPINION: It was only a matter of time before the tensions between Ukraine and Russia boiled over.

Wakatu case puts doubt on 'final'

Ngati Haua Treaty settlement

Those who feel a general unease about the Treaty settlement process might take a little convincing over a key point in yesterday's Nelson Mail lead story.

Proving parochial diehards wrong


Eight years after the Makos' tentative beginning, the Tasman Rugby Union is showing sporting dreams do come true.

Unlikely pairing a big risk

Mana and Dotcom

On the face of it, you couldn't find a much more unlikely pairing than Hone Harawira and Kim Dotcom.

Editorial: A tale of Brashness

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OPINION: Don Brash, what were you thinking?

How should councils be funded?

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Taxes remain one of life's certainties, but the ways they are applied at a local government level may be in for a shake-up.

Remembering the massacre in Rwanda

It was only 20 years ago when the world stood by and watched the massacre in Rwanda.

Time to resolve Stanton issue

Lewis Stanton

OPINION: Enough is enough. The issues with resident misfit Lewis Stanton need to be resolved.

Post-royal NZ brings hard calls

Catherine Dduchess of Cambridge and George

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OPINION: The Cambridge's personal appeal may further delay New Zealand's move to a republic that is seen as inevitable by most politicians and commentators.

Sorry doesn't seem to be the hardest word

Rachel Smalley

OPINION: There are few more repugnant social actions than an insincere apology - and insincerity is one of the easiest acts of personal subterfuge to identify.