Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie is challenged on whether the tide is turning on welfare dependency by a letters-to-the-editor correspondent Michael Gibson.
Southland District Mayor Gary Tong is encouraged to see the commitment and effort migrants are making in southern communities.
OPINION: Suffer the little children, for the sake of robust scientific data. Or maybe not.
The Government's workplace health and safety reforms are a step in the right direction, Dean Addie writes in a letter to the editor
OPINION: In the wake of incidents of abuse at rugby grounds, Jale Moala relates his experience of racism in Christchurch.
OPINION: No, Mr Little, we have no dirge to purge.
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.
From July 1, 47,000 children under 13 in the Southern DHB area have access to free GP visits and prescriptions.
A small Scots-born woman, once responsible for the baking of half Southland's daily bread, will be honoured posthumously in Auckland this week.
Alpine tramping and avalanche advice is readily accessible, the New Zealand Alpine Club attests in a letter to the editor.
OPINION: Anderson Park is probably worth saving with public money. We can only say "probably'' because we still don't have our priorities sorted.
OPINION: The Government improved the rules for migrant workers but has done too little, still, for workplace safety.
OPINION: Prisons need to be less comfortable, with fewer treats, Nobby Clark argues in a letter to the editor.
OPINION: Looks like we've been given a privately run prison too much privacy.
Good on the Northland council that voted against GE crops, Robert Guyton writes in a letter to the editor
TPPA protests carry mighty political relevance, says letter writer David Russell.
It's every parent's nightmare moment. Those few seconds when you realise it's gone quiet … maybe too quiet.
OPINION: We need more public reporting of who's seeking, and who's handing over, information about us.
The Queens Park playground is for children, not dogs, Kate Barrie says in a letter to the editor.
OPINION: It's been a weird week all round for Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.
OPINION: Many of us are becoming indulgently abusive. Disagree? What would you know, you prat?
Letter writer David Russell can't find much planning in the Government's social housing plan.
Few New Zealanders fly a flag ... so why bother changing the one we don't fly now, says one letter writer.
OPINION: Just because he's a hateful buffoon doesn't make Donald Trump an inconsequential presidential candidate.
That was a good break, that was, writes Pat Veltkamp Smith.
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.
OPINION: You won't see this stuff on any funniest home videos show
Underfoot hazards at the recent craft show in Invercargill prompted Kathryn Macgregor to write to the editor.
OPINION: The Invercargill city council has woken up to some somnambulistic spending.
Opinion: What's the difference between cuts and changes? We're about to find out.