OPINION: Once again we have the opportunity to experience a wide range of events in and around Invercargill.
OPINION: Tomorrow I'm going teaching again. It's years since I did it. I accepted the school's invitation with delight.
OPINION: Given that Southland's economy is underpinned by agriculture, it's no surprise that the Southern Field Days at Waimumu is such a major biennial event.
OPINION: I stopped in a country town to stretch my legs and eat a heavyweight pie.
FROM THE BEEHIVE
At the next election, as most of you know, there will be a new MP for Southland. The question that I have been asked most since announcing I was standing down as MP is "who will be the next National candidate for Clutha- Southland?"
O nce again the Southern Institute of Technology has made a brilliant strategic move with the construction of a large new luxury student apartment complex right next door to its campus in Queenstown. I was invited to stay a few nights to engage in a little quality control.
FROM THE BEEHIVE
I am writing this in the evening of Waitangi Day, having spent the past week flying between Wellington, Christchurch and Ratana Pa twice in two weeks, Waitangi, and finally today at Otakou Marae outside Dunedin.
OPINION: Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and champion of Burmese democracy, declared last June that she would run for president in the 2015 election.
It isn't every day that I get to interview an eco-warrior, and today isn't every day.
OPINION: T his week New Zealand took pause to recognise Waitangi Day, one of the most important days in our nation's history.
OPINION: When I stopped smoking, peacocks arrived. I wrote about them and a few people wrote back expressing disbelief, either that I'd stopped smoking or that I had peacocks. But both things were true, and they remain true three months later.
OPINION: What a magnificent week it was last week. The weather was kind. Crank Up was glorious.
FROM THE BEEHIVE
OPINION: I made the decision earlier this month that I will not be seeking re-election to Parliament this year.
OPINION: It has taken a little longer than it did after the 1848 revolutions in Europe, but on the third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution we can definitely say that the "Arab Spring" is finished.
OPINION: I was going to write about the arrest of Justin Bieber. But I've just learned how a friend and former teacher died, and Bieber has shrunk from view.
OPINION: The Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the poorest and most inaccessible countries in the world.
OPINION: Poll: Chit-chat matters. Small talk isn't so small if you are inept at it. Not only does life have far more awkward moments, but it can be a barrier reaching more comfortable, useful conversations.
OPINION: As January and the holiday season draws to a close and we prepare for the challenges of 2014, it is important to reflect on the year that was.
OPINION: If there's a moral to this story I'd be surprised.
OPINION: It happens perhaps half a dozen times during a life, and every time it's like a mini death. It happened to me last month. My passport expired.
OPINION: The rural activities that can and do have impacts on water quality have received plenty of attention and associated response from our council. It is good to see that most people who live and work in our rural areas are getting on board with best practice, which will minimise the impact they have on our rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater.
Fifty years ago a florist tried it. Now it's the turn of a fast food outfit. To compare the two is to see how far we've come in half a century.
FROM THE BEEHIVE
OPINION: The latest census reveals that Southland now boasts a diverse mix of people from around the world, enriching and enhancing our communities.
OPINION: As this will be my last column before Christmas I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing New Year.
Bryce Johnson Fish And Game New Zealand
OPINION: It is time to stop bashing the messenger and avoiding the message to dairy farming over water quality.
OPINION: The first six weeks of my time as Mayor of Southland have been a whir, with so much to learn and so many people to talk to.
What an events extravaganza we had at the weekend in Invercargill.
OPINION: I watched a documentary on prawns last week. Everything about a prawn's way of life seemed weird.
FROM THE BEEHIVE
OPINION: Several Southland businesses are involved in the Christchurch rebuild, making the most of the opportunities it provides for them.
OPINION: The inaugural meeting of the ninth Environment Southland Council was held this month and at the beginning of this new triennium we have a fresh set of challenges, one new councillor and renewed enthusiasm to get on with the job!
OPINION: I realise a lot of Southlanders are not excited by our growing friendship with China. Cold War attitudes and fear of the "yellow peril" still dominate the thinking of a minority on council.
OPINION: In 1998, I began a column thus: "The camera is responsible for most of the ills of the late 20th century."
OPINION: Now that the councils of Southland have met, been sworn in and the dust has settled it's time to get back to work.
OPINION: 'The old man's cracked it," said the youth as I handed him a cup of tea, strong and unsweetened as he'd requested.
Superannuation is an important source of income and a backstop for many senior citizens around Central Southland, writes Bill English (National) in From the Beehive.
OPINION: Southland, thank you, writes Gary Tong in Southern Focus..
OPINION: It's great to be back with my column and first of all I would like to thank all of the residents and ratepayers of Invercargill who made the effort to vote in the last elections, writes Tim Shadbolt in Southern Focus.
OPINION: Grass is like Alexander the Great: it won't rest till it's conquered the world, writes Joe Bennett.
OPINION: Te Tai Tonga is the largest geographical electorate in Aotearoa, writes Rino Tirikatene (Labour) in From the Beehive.
OPINION: Like a nuclear mushroom cloud, the toxic fallout from the Len Brown-Bevan Chuang affair is enveloping everyone within its radius.
OPINION: The Government's goal of supporting communities to prevent and reduce harm caused by legal highs is working, writes Eric Roy (National) in From the Beehive.
OPINION: The recent leadership contest has energised support for Labour, writes Clare Curran (Labour) in From the Beehive.
OPINION: I am confident that I am the last person in the country to object to random breath testing, writes Joe Bennett.
OPINION: A new study released this week highlighted some worrying statistics about the amount of time parents have available for "family time".
OPINION: This case is all about what happens when employees can be shown to have breached their employment agreements.
When Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, came home from the United Nations General Assembly meeting last Friday, demonstrators at Tehran airport threw eggs, shoes and stones.
OPINION: Our sheepmeat exports to China expanded in the past 12 months from under $250 million to over $550 million, writes Eric Roy (National) in From the Beehive.
OPINION: Sunday afternoon and I am sitting in drizzle outside the airport at Palmerston North. Settings don't come more romantic.
It's been a mini season of elections over the past few months, writes Rino Tirikatene (Labour) in From the Beehive.
OPINION: On this spring morning, with the daffodils trumpeting, the buds bursting, a bellbird chiming in the kowhai and my dog's nose twitching because he's caught wind of a possum, I'm sorry to have to report that there's no hope.