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.
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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.
OPINION: In a week when the supposedly Christian West is debating whether to biff yet more missiles into the Middle East, and thereby pave a few more kilometres of Bonfire Rd, I choose to address the fresh and significant subject of a door bell, writes Joe Bennett.
OPINION: One week down, one to go. The Labour leadership race is midway and we probably already know more than we need to about each of the three candidates.
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'E ach time one of us thinks, 'I'll just stand aside and things will happen without me and I'll wait', then he is helping this disgusting feudal system that sits like a spider in the Kremlin," said Alexei Navalny, often billed as Russia's top opposition leader, as he sat in a courtroom in Kirov in July, awaiting conviction on embezzlement charges.
OPINION: Editorial: We're sometimes reminded, even scolded, that it's easy to be wise after the event. Not always, it isn't.
OPINION: ''Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."
OPINION: Poor Andy. He's come home from holiday and is sad. It's not unusual, writes Joe Bennett.
OPINION: One of the things that always strike me as significant and special about Murihiku is how resilient the people are, writes Rino Tirikatene (Labour) in From the Beehive.
OPINION: I remember when that great innovator Sir Roger Douglas tried his hand at pig farming.
OPINION: The second most boring activity I know is discussing the human condition, writes Joe Bennett.
OPINION: The Australian boat people are getting to be a problem.
OPINION: "When and how," asked the columnist Bernard Levin, "did we forget to say what we mean?
OPINION: When I was a kid my father was the technical director of Wilkins and Davies, a prominent New Zealand construction company.
OPINION: Edward Snowden is safe from American "justice" for the moment, and he will certainly go down as the most effective whistleblower in history.
OPINION: The news about Tiwai Point last week was a great relief, writes Eric Roy (National) in From the Beehive.
OPINION: New Zealanders believe that to be a good citizen, you should: obey laws, exercise your right to vote, try to see other people's point of view and watch the actions of our politicians in Wellington and speak out when you believe something is wrong, writes Clare Curran (Labour) in From the Beehive.
OPINION: I have often wondered how Hitler remained so popular with his own people, adored to the end when the Fatherland was almost destroyed.
OPINION: We, Tariana Turia, Tribune of the People, duly and legally elected by a small proportion of a small proportion of those same people, do hereby pronounce and proclaim, we are appalled, writes Joe Bennett.
OPINION: 'Why don't men like talking about their prostate?" asks an advertisement for a natural health products company, writes Joe Bennett.
OPINION: Science writer Matt Ridley once described the human mating system as "monogamy plagued by adultery", which sounds a little judgmental.
OPINION: Recent research highlights the significant contribution Southland is making to the economy, writes Bill English (National) in From the Beehive.
OPINION: When I was asked to write this column, I was told I could indulge the grumpy old man lurking at my core.
Gorgeous guy walks into a cafe. Heads spin round. The girls smile coyly, and giggle among themselves - he's so cute. The guys frown, brandishing muscles or harsh words - who does that guy think he is anyway?
Two massacres committed by the Egyptian army in one week. At least 130 people killed in the streets of Cairo for protesting against the military coup.