OPINION: Clarification about the purpose of smokefree outdoor spaces is needed.
OPINION: There could be 25,000 buildings in NZ that will fall below the 34 per cent of new building standard and be classified earthquake prone.
OPINION: A proposed city council rate increase of 0.43 per cent is a pleasing improvement.
OPINION: Bill English made some good points last week but his party is not the only one to select its candidates through the democratic process.
OPINION: Is the O Week Eat Off in poor taste?
OPINION: A reader challenges the claim of an "unusually wet" season in Central Otago.
OPINION: A reader wonders whether words or deeds can be more improper.
OPINION: A reader asks if the land of my childhood is still there for her grandson to enjoy.
OPINION: I read with interest the letter from SDC ceo David Adamson and wondered why he thought it necessary to write such a letter and to be scathing of A Bednar.
OPINION: The council was quick to close Anderson Park Art Gallery due to fears for public safety.
OPINION: A reader asks where the money for cyclists accommodation will come from.
OPINION: Why are TV presenters' first words following an ad break so often ''welcome back''?
OPINION: A reader asks if teachers' employment rights are more important than child safety.
OPINION: Let's build a 19km pipeline, fill it with waste, and let it stew for three to five days.
OPINION: Recently on Campbell Live two Auckland cyclists were interviewed about wearing reflective gear while cycling.
OPINION: A reader asks how landowners are meant to deal with catching rabbits.
OPINION: I note with interest the proposed increase in use of toxins (1080 poison) in our conservation estate.
OPINION: Our sincere thanks to the communities of Clutha, Catlins, Milton, Dunedin and further afield for their expressions of sympathy.
OPINION: I am writing as a reader strongly opposed to oil drilling in New Zealand.
OPINION: As chairman of the European Community I have summoned all you leaders here for an urgent meeting.
Owen Carson uses his 250 words well in prising open the smart meter can of worms.
OPINION: Electricity Invercargill Ltd in the 2013 issue of Connections stated that smart meters will replace all current meters over three years.
OPINION: January is a great time to quit smoking.
OPINION: I am the accused ''irresponsible landowner'' concerned in regards to your article ''Landowner ticked off after fire spreads in 50-knot winds''.
OPINION: I am often entertained and sometimes appalled by writers to this paper.
OPINION: Jeff Sanders, of Barnardos, is concerned that the current anti- smacking law will become an election issue.
OPINION: Was the release of figures showing how many are under investigation "beneficiary-bashing propaganda"?
OPINION: A reader takes issue with cats being abandoned.
OPINION: Zelda Horrell, Dave Kennedy and Aaron Nicholson are profoundly in error to criticise drilling for gas offshore.
OPINION: All of you listen up: When a shaven-headed CEO says jump you better jump, sonny!
OPINION: I have been to Southland. One thing that stood out - the incredible number of rotting hovels in the area.
OPINION: A reader says motorists aren't always at fault when it comes to dangers to cyclists.
OPINION: We are in danger of losing our distinctive rolling Rs here in Southland.
OPINION: 'It may be the only advertisement of its kind to have survived worldwide'.
OPINION: When Leanne Dalziel was elected as mayor of Christchurch City Council, it was a breath of fresh air for ratepayers.
OPINION: Roads to this area are a lifeline and this road will be a major step forward to capture the tourist market.
OPINION: Unfortunately no independent studies have been conducted to determine what impact aerial poisons like 1080 will have on the ecosystem.
OPINION: The attack on Southland Fish and Game from Neil Hayes, of Carterton, (Dec 17) over the ban on lead shot is unfair, ill-informed and inaccurate.
OPINION: An idea for using former old schools in Invercargill.
OPINION: Following your recent stories about the New Zealand Community Trust providing grant funding for racing, we at the Community Trust of Southland have fielded a number of calls querying why our trust is funding racing.
OPINION: It is pleasing to see the ethnic diversity increasing in our community. Each culture brings its own contribution to Southland.
OPINION: Good on you for your article ''Store criticised for selling 'Gollies' (December 5) exposing this absolutely repugnant means of grabbing a few dollars at the expense of others' deep humiliation and hurt.
OPINION: I question the financial cost of the Elles Rd dog park.
OPINION: In the next 10 days Alliance shareholders get the chance to vote for new directors.
OPINION: ''Well done and congratulations'' on the Southern Scenic Route celebrations - but the route does stuff-all for the town of Gore.
OPINION: I see that John Husband questions the point and the cost of the referendum on asset sales.
OPINION: A reader takes issue with a photograph of US TV personality/hunter Melissa Bachman.
OPINION: The Alliance and Silver Fern Farms annual general meetings are coming up.
OPINION: Fish & Game NZ's southern region operations manager says we do not have to pass on the legacy of toxic waters.
OPINION: Here we go again. Big bold lettering about dirty dairying in our daily paper.