SDHB needs solutions not political opportunism

Todd Barclay

OPINION:The poor financial management of the former Southern District Health Board has to be addressed and -- in spite of what the Opposition portrays -- consultation is key, Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay writes.

Flag from the touch judge -- letter

Servicemen prepare the flag for the Anzac Day dawn service

Just because we had had previous flags does not change that for more than a century we have had law, order and patriotism under this one, David Russell writes in a letter to the editor.

Where's it all going, and so fast

Pat Veltkamp Smith.

Columnist Pat Veltkamp Smith stabilises after a few speed wobbles.

Polyfest a luminous event

Winton Weka Pre School pupils at Polyfest.

EDITORIAL: It's a cultural kaleidoscope out there.

Progress made, challenges ahead

Sarah Dowie.

Invercargill and Southland are a great place to live, MP Sarah Dowie writes.

Of water, fisticuffs, fruitful fatherhood and villainy

Achievements and shamefulness feature in Lloyd Esler's About the South column this week

The smell of success

Natural World columnist Paul Gay celebrates the result of a long, experimental plant breeding process.

Govt does apologise for state care trauma -- letter

Anne Tolley

The Government can't have been any more public about the apologies and compensation being offered to people who were abused in state care, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley writes in a letter to the editor.

An Easterly change is forecast

Easter angst

EDITORIAL: What with one thing and another, now's as good a time as any to be thinking about Easter, the Government figures

Flag change up to us - letter

Marked by a fern, not a flag.

It's the silver fern, rather than our flag, etched into the crosses marking New Zealanders' last resting place in Commonwealth War Graves overseas.

Getting the light back on

Good to have him with us: A J Clothier.

Editorial: There's a lot to be said for being open to a change of plan. Especially this one.

An end to treaty claims -- letter

King Tuheitia

The Treaty of Waitangi gravy train must end, Nobby Clark writes in a letter to the editor

"Somewhere, out there'' health care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman

EDITORIAL: The health care we need won't be denied, but may be more distant, the minister is telling us.

TPPA defies Anzac sacrifice -- letter

Generations of soldiers past opposed foreign tyranny which the TPPA threatens to deliver, Pauline McIntosh writes in a letter to the editor.

A few wee looks behind the scenes

A vital role of all organisations in this modern age is reaching out to the public and explaining what you're doing and why.  In this week alone I have been involved with four community groups who have undertaken these transparency projects that basically encourage the public to have a look at what happens behind the scenes.  

Pharmac threat very real -- letter

An anti-TPPA protester writes to the editor that she is a middle New Zealander, neither rent-a-crowd nor misinformed.

Welcome scrutiny into unsettling areas

John Key

EDITORIAL: A pair of inquiring minds are doing us the service of examining the Government's never-you-minds.

Backing small business will build our economy

Clare Curran.

OPINION: The Government isn't responsible for the global dairy price, but it is in charge of the economy and has failed to support our regions sufficiently, MP Clare Curran writes.

Finding the past, right there

Pat Veltkamp Smith.

Past and present came together for columnist Pat Veltkamp Smith.

ICC should beware friendly fire


EDITORIAL: So no one told us it was going to be this way?

TPPA isn't about trade -- letter

Rallying to the cause

The news media has convinced people the TPPA is a trade deal, but it's an assault on democracy, Hamish Sutherland writes in a letter to the editor.

Funding funniness is a grim business

Jemaine Clement

EDITORIAL: It turns out funny business isn't especially funny

Coal's future is black -- letter

On the outer

Forget any coal-fired dreams, Richard Sandler writes in a letter to the editor.

Flag winner will be despised - letter

The Nicholson design

Aaron Nicholson explains in a letter to the editor that he didn't submit his flag design because, the way the referendum has been presented, he thinks the winner will be met with hostility.

Editorial: Have a happy day . . . or else

First one to stop is sacked.

OPINION: It's not always easy to grin and bear it.

We failed to represent -- letter

Robert Guyton

Environment Southland councillor Robert Guyton is feeling apologetic in a letter to the editor.

Solid Energy limps on

Still standing

OPINION: It's still sort-of-solid rather than in liquidation.

People-based approach to decision making works best

Ali Timms

There's a lot to like about how the whaitua (catchment comittees) are operating around Greater Wellington, Environment Southland chairman Ali Timms writes.

Hard decisions, yes, but quality care imperative

Sarah Dowie

Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie sets out her take on the Southern District Health Board sacking and defends the proactivity of Southland's MPs.

Sea level rises -- what's the plan, ICC?

Invercargill Estuary

Is the ICC preparing for sea level rises? Rochelle Surendran seeks answers in a letter to the editor and the council replies.

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