Opinion

What starts when benefit stops? -- letter

Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie

Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie is challenged on whether the tide is turning on welfare dependency by a letters-to-the-editor correspondent Michael Gibson.

Migrants valuable for province

Gary Tong

Southland District Mayor Gary Tong is encouraged to see the commitment and effort migrants are making in southern communities.

What would David Attenborough do?

Not on her watch. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

OPINION: Suffer the little children, for the sake of robust scientific data. Or maybe not.

Legacy attitudes not helping workplace death, injury toll -- letter

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse

The Government's workplace health and safety reforms are a step in the right direction, Dean Addie writes in a letter to the editor

Intentional or unintentional, racism is still wrong

Jale Moala says no one can explain the feeling of helplessness and loss racism can cause until they themselves have become a victim of racial abuse.

OPINION: In the wake of incidents of abuse at rugby grounds, Jale Moala relates his experience of racism in Christchurch.

Labour gets up an anthem

The musically impatient Andrew Little

OPINION: No, Mr Little, we have no dirge to purge.

ICC misguided over Anderson Park -- letter

Anderson Park House

The ICC has got way ahead of itself in reaction to laws that don't exist yet, Lindsay Buckingham writes in a letter to the editor.

It's been a progressive month

Sarah Dowie

From July 1, 47,000 children under 13 in the Southern DHB area have access to free GP visits and prescriptions.  

Our Annie a celebrated laureate

Pat Veltkamp Smith

A small Scots-born woman, once responsible for the baking of half Southland's daily bread, will be honoured posthumously in Auckland this week.

Adventuring skills within reach -- letter

Searchers for the bodies of two young adventurers on the Kepler Track.

Alpine tramping and avalanche advice is readily accessible, the New Zealand Alpine Club attests in a letter to the editor.

The case for sensible strengthening

Anderson Park

OPINION: Anderson Park is probably worth saving with public money. We can only say "probably'' because we still don't have our priorities sorted.

A hit and a miss

Michael Woodhouse

OPINION: The Government improved the rules for migrant workers but has done too little, still, for workplace safety.

Take the prison treats

Mt Eden

OPINION: Prisons need to be less comfortable, with fewer treats, Nobby Clark argues in a letter to the editor.

When corrections need correcting

Mt Eden Corrections Facility

OPINION: Looks like we've been given a privately run prison too much privacy.

GE crop ban not science fantasy -- letter

Federated Farmers president William Rolleston

Good on the Northland council that voted against GE crops, Robert Guyton writes in a letter to the editor

Losing sovereignty isn't "politically irrelevant'' -- letter

Trade Minister Tim Groser

TPPA protests carry mighty political relevance, says letter writer David Russell.

Learning the game of life through board games

Four-month-old Zach learns how to play Candyland from the master. For the record, he won that game much to his father's disgust

It's every parent's nightmare moment. Those few seconds when you realise it's gone quiet … maybe too quiet.

Are your ears burning?

Companies, not just Government departments, should have transparency reporting.

OPINION: We need more public reporting of who's seeking, and who's handing over, information about us.

Playground not for dogs -- letter

Queens Park playground is for kids, not canines.

The Queens Park playground is for children, not dogs, Kate Barrie says in a letter to the editor.

Brimstone, bravado and a broken tooth

Tim Shadbolt.

OPINION: It's been a weird week all round for Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.

Getting a tad too intense, there

Dom Harvey

OPINION: Many of us are becoming indulgently abusive. Disagree? What would you know, you prat?

What social housing plan? - letter

Paula Bennett

Letter writer David Russell can't find much planning in the Government's social housing plan.

We don't fly flags - letter

We don't bring it out that often.

Few New Zealanders fly a flag ... so why bother changing the one we don't fly now, says one letter writer.

Firing up the crazies

Donald Trump.

OPINION: Just because he's a hateful buffoon doesn't make Donald Trump an inconsequential presidential candidate.

Best school holidays ever

02072015 News. Robyn Edie. Southland Times/Fairfax NZ. Southland Times columist Pat Veltkamp Smith

That was a good break, that was, writes Pat Veltkamp Smith.

Tiwai workers need certainty and a plan

Clare Curran

The Government is doing little to future-proof the Southland economy if the Tiwai smelter closes or reduces operations, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran writes.

Unsettling footage shows one man's folly

What was he thinking?

OPINION: You won't see this stuff on any funniest home videos show

Letters to the editor July 21

Come quickly

Underfoot hazards at the recent craft show in Invercargill prompted Kathryn Macgregor to write to the editor.

Surprising council spending

The Bank of New South Wales building; one of several the ICC didn't know it was insuring.

OPINION: The Invercargill city council has woken up to some somnambulistic spending.

We'll know cuts if we feel them

Southern District Health Board commissioner Kathy Grant

Opinion: What's the difference between cuts and changes? We're about to find out.

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