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Old ideas

Is there really anything new in the latest diet trends?

Tangled Web blog

The 'cuddle game'

Apparently there's some sports-like event happening in Brazil at the moment

The Roar sports blog

Riddle me this

Stricter measures at odds with TAB presence

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Homes, jobs and families

pm OPINION: In the upcoming election Labour are going to keep it short and sweet. We're going to focus on what we believe are the three most important things that matter most to voters: jobs, homes, and families.

Irn Bru and deep fried mars bars

Nathan Burdon OPINION: Every other person at the Commonwealth Games seems to be clutching a can of 'Iron Brew'.

Make the most of new cycle trail

Southern Focus OPINION: They say good things take time. That's certainly been the case for the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail but it's only a short time now till the first stage of the trail opens and it's important our communities are ready to take advantage of the benefits it brings.

Listen to your mothers

Drink driving breath testing OPINION: Maybe there's another cautionary message the drink-driving ads could use. Don't do it - or your mum may talk to the media.

Skin cancer data sorely lacking

hospital generic OPINION: Should we be committing resources to the cause of monitoring skin cancers in the name of earlier detection and treatment?

Opinion poll

Should April Miller be allowed to play in the presidents grade rugby competition?

Yes, if she can keep up with the other players, why not?

No, it's against the rules and it's not safe for her

Vote Result

Related story: Southland woman banned from men's rugby side

Letter: Donor registry

Should there be an organ donor register showing those who would take but not give?

Letter: All hail kale

A readers sings the praises of Southland's leafy superfood.

Letter: Amped up a downer

Time to flag a 'kiwi' idea

Jolly bad show wherever you go

Rolf Harris at his trial Everyday Housewife Danyel Southwark shares her thoughts on the week past, as relayed by satirist Steve Braunias.

Water supply under threat

Central Otago's horticulture and viticulture industries are critically dependent on a reliable supply of irrigation water.

Pest problem put on the table

Southland economy among NZ's best

Cup equation adds to zero

New Zealand's dysfunctional relationship with the America's Cup is coming to an end.

Slow burner that soon heats up

Murder Bag Is there anything more likely to warm the cockles of your heart on a chilly winter evening than a good murder mystery?

Animal stories essentially funny

Father-of-two Mark Hotton casts his eye over three books for children.

Short and to the point

Healthy eating begins as it always did

Simple steps to Indian cooking

BOOK REVIEW: If you enjoy a great takeaway curry and delectable authentic Indian food, you must get your hands on this book.