OPINION: One of the greatest successes in development aid in the past decade has been the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
OPINION: The Government's decision to not include a representative from the 1981 Springbok tour protesters at Nelson Mandela's funeral is weak and mean-spirited.
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.
OPINION: It is pleasing to see the ethnic diversity increasing in our community. Each culture brings its own contribution to Southland.
OPINION: In South Africa the flags are flying half-mast. If anything the symbolism will be more profound when they are raised again.
OPINION: So much for all those mayors, events, artworks and statues that we keep getting assured are putting us on the map. We're clearly not there yet.
Editorial: Among the "challenges" the Government acknowledges in our latest slide in maths, science and reading, compared to the OECD average, should be an honest re-examination of its own policies and processes.
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: It is right that all of us think hard about water, the economy and community wellbeing in Southland.
OPINION: I question the financial cost of the Elles Rd dog park.
In journalistic terms, Cameron Slater is more like one of those relatives that you don't get to choose
OPINION: In the next 10 days Alliance shareholders get the chance to vote for new directors.
Editorial: Did we detect some eye-rolling among the South Alive representatives at the Invercargill City Council's infrastructure and services committee meeting on Monday, as former Invercargill city councillor Thelma Buck returned to the fray?
OPINION: On reflection, the CBD of Invercargill has had a good old-fashioned walloping over time.
OPINION: ''Well done and congratulations'' on the Southern Scenic Route celebrations - but the route does stuff-all for the town of Gore.
Editorial: Sometimes what Big Brother's watching ends up being little brother-style misbehaviour.
What an events extravaganza we had at the weekend in Invercargill.
OPINION: I see that John Husband questions the point and the cost of the referendum on asset sales.
OPINION: I watched a documentary on prawns last week. Everything about a prawn's way of life seemed weird.
OPINION: It was never going to dominate last week's education news.
OPINION: The instant the spotlight hit them, the DOC staff at Piano Flat must have known two things.
OPINION: A reader takes issue with a photograph of US TV personality/hunter Melissa Bachman.
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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: Dairy farm employers have long since been given fair warning about the dodginess of paying workers below the minimum wage for those longer hours worked during hectic times like calving.
Joe Bennett knew there would be side effects to stopping smoking but wasn't expecting peacocks.
Immigration New Zealand says the national Settlement Support programme to help migrants is delivering what it set out to deliver and there's a high level of satisfaction among its clients, but that this simply does not suffice.
OPINION: The Alliance and Silver Fern Farms annual general meetings are coming up.
Sometimes the law sneaks up on people from behind. And sometimes people's own behinds sneak on them to the law.
OPINION: Fish & Game NZ's southern region operations manager says we do not have to pass on the legacy of toxic waters.
OPINION: Ireland went into to anaerobic shock yesterday.
OPINION: When hugging doesn't go well in Saudi Arabia - two men arrested.
OPINION: Many books will be written about the Pike River mining disaster. Few of them are likely to be as poignant or as gripping as the royal commission of inquiry into the event.
OPINION: Here we go again. Big bold lettering about dirty dairying in our daily paper.
A television crew was initially barred entry from the crowded Civic Theatre back in 1991 for the meeting that - it turns out very wisely - blocked the sale of the Southland Building Society to Westpac.
OPINION: Since the last election, the Government has been ardently explaining - to you - what you think about its asset-sales programme.
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: A reader says taggers have usually been brought up in a culture of rental accommodation.
We don't usually get our hopes up, financially, when we enter an airliner's toilet. However ...
OPINION: Jan Wright's report on water quality is hardly alarmist. That does not make it comforting.
OPINION: Jordan Wyatt of the Invercargill Vegan Society responds to an editorial on hunting.
OPINION: It's a question less often asked. What happens when an entirely resistible force meets a reasonably solid object?
OPINION: Monty Python fans rejoice - a reunion.
OPINION: A reader takes issue with Tim Shadbolt's claim that we owe a war debt to China.
OPINION: There's a cartoon strip out there somewhere (and since we can't find it we really hope it wasn't from an old 1970s Playboy) that shows a gentle bear ambling towards a river, taking a drink, and then looking up in startlement as a bullet from a distant, hidden rifle tears into it.
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: Harcore Huntress takes a few knocks after shooting lion.
OPINION: The New Zealand Shark Alliance is a group of non-governmental organisations, scientists and fishers calling for a ban on shark finning in our waters.
OPINION: If Health Minister Tony Ryall really does see the level of unmet need for elective surgery as a "nice little headline" for the news media, then he should reconsider how politically wise, let alone morally defensible, it is to trivialise the suffering of quite so many New Zealanders.
Sir Paul McCartney encourages the Russian president to reconsider the status of captive prisoners. So all he is say-ing, is "change Greenpeace stance." (Catchy).
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OPINION: In our communities we have so many kuia and kaumatua who give selflessly to their whanau, their marae, their church and their community.
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