Creating Saturday morning memories is important, writes Mark Hotton.
It's easy to mock Councillor Kett's proposal to have a limited number of free trips to Stewart Island for Gold Card members but I wish to publicly congratulate him for drawing attention to the injustice of this issue.
OPINION: Which way, where…
Five important people have played a vital role in helping to mould and shape Piper into the strong, confident and independent little girl that she's become.
OPINION: Why would someone who is going to a meeting, need to agree to be drug tested?
OPINION: We had a good turn out and some honest discussion at Environment Southland's public meeting in Riverton this week.
OPINION: This looks an even-handed Budget. Which is to to say it's part open-palmed "have this" and part backhand "take that!"
OPINION: She's an ardent drug supplier, in good standing in her community. But it wasn't popularity that kept her out of jail.
OPINION: At least as things stand, we have an airy-ferry idea in front of us.
Looking back, and ahead
OPINION: The media have an obligation to report what's happening in the rest of the country as well.
How many unhappy campers does Work and Income really have?
OPINION: Recent report on the cost of NZ's dairy industry needs to look further than evidence that suits its needs.
Respecting tradition doesn't mean we needn't ever bother looking good and hard at whether we can do better.
The recent bout of illness in Mark Hotton's house had a silver lining, however.
Outgoing Federated Farmers Southland president reminds Southlanders of agriculture's importance to economy.
OPINION: What an absolute triumph the visit by Prince Harry to New Zealand has been.
Welcome though the ACC levy cuts are, the corporation itself sorely needs rehabilitation.
It must take hard work to be quite that easygoing.
As a parent, there can be a lot of daily repetitive grind.
OPINION: More sleight of hand from the Invercargill City Council. Even councillors - or those not on council companies - are confounded.
If you build it they will come (if only to go crook about what you've just built).
Cats are funny things, particularly when it comes to children. Regular readers will remember that 4-year-old Zach has had his battles with our feisty feline Furley Cat.
OPINION: We'll be showing the prince one of our own crown jewels.
OPINION: Whose up for playing mind games with sporting bodies?
Should a Christian church be so tetchy about tai chi?
OPINION: Obama's climate change jokes were enough to make you weep afterwards.
OPINION: Workers need a three-pronged approach to improve safety in the workplace.
OPINION: Prime Minister John Key stands exposed as a bit of a serial ponytail puller. He'll grow out of it, right?