Answering that inane question

A conversational experiment has Jacqui Paterson questioning how to answer the internally inane "how are you?".

OPINION: Is anything other than "I'm fine" worth the effort?

Flag change another National disaster

Protesters carry the New Zealand flag at a TPPA demonstration.

OPINION: This flag debate feels like it’s been going on forever – but what have we achieved?

Garner: The important lesson for cheaters

The Ashley Madison data dump included more than 90,000 New Zealand email addresses.

OPINION: Oh what a tangled worldwide web some people weave when they're planning to deceive.

Changing mind on changing flag

Variations on a theme - one of the 40 possible flag designs.

OPINION: I have to admit some months ago when the changes to the national flag were proposed I was horrified. Why change it?

We're too complacent about workplace safety

07082015 NEWS Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ. Protest over health and safety Bill outside Len Lye building. White crosses around the Len Lye are demonstrating loss of lives in the work place. Taranaki Family and father of three lost their dad,  Michael Joseph Kane, 33 when he was seriously injured in a fall in 2012 at his workplace on Paraite Rd, Bell Block. Former partner, Carly Gordon still very hurt over the loss of her partner in 2012.

OPINION: On November 14, 2012, my brother Michael was killed in a workplace accident. He was 33.

Garner: Are All Blacks fans too arrogant?

Richie McCaw willl be looking to right the ledger in the Bledisloe Cup decider.

OPINION: The All Blacks face relentless pressure to be the best team in the world.

The age of coal is over

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Ohai Solid Energy district office in Ohai

Opinion: There's an old, time-tested tenet, and it's this. Always separate your solids from your liquids.

'Bread and circuses' mask storm

In a region like Taranaki, which is so dependent on two big industries, we just don't have a lot of other options to pick up the people who are out of work

Our province is facing a perfect economic storm. Things are looking grim for Taranaki businesses.

Taranaki's dirty little secret

Across New Zealand there is a call out to a domestic abuse situation every six minutes – that’s 240 a day.

Every time we say no more - until it happens again.

Garner: Hitting bullies where it hurts

Minister of Justice Amy Adams.

OPINION: I want to congratulate Justice Minister Amy Adams for tackling domestic violence.

Witt's places at the table

Barbara George

OPINION: Chief executive Barbara George gives an update in a week when Witt made headlines.

TPPA like herding proverbial cats

Trade Minister Tim Groser is playing his cards close to his chest, says John Sargeant.

OPINION: It's like a high stakes game of poker that's turning into one massive imbroglio.

TPPA deserves a transparent discussion

Mexico's Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser at the TPP talks.

OPINION: It's difficult to talk about the TPPA because we don't know much about it, Ross Henderson says.

Waitara is showing us the way

Waitara's central shopping area is a haven of great service.

OPINION: It seems impossible to actually buy anything in Waitara without a personal touch, Gordon Burnside says.

Duncan Garner: Keep evil in prison

FFXENT. Supplied image of Duncan Garner and Heather du Plessis-Allan for Story.

OPINION: Imagine making a mistake that would later cost an innocent woman her life.

A little city with soul

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Whanganui file pictures.
The Watt Fountain in Victoria Avenue, the main street of Wanganui. city centre

OPINION: Somewhere between New Plymouth and Palmerston North lies a city nestled on a river valley floor.

What goes up, must come down

230714 NEWS Charlotte Curd / Taranaki Daily News. John Sargeant from Hawera Council is in charge of the Grave site in Hawera. Feature on Hawera Grave yard.

The naysayers have it that we are heading for a downturn or maybe the dreaded 'R' word.

Polling promises are fickle

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The Beehive and the statue of Richard John Seddon in Wellington, NZ. generic parliament government beehive wellington

Even political journalists must feel a bit of fatigue with margins of error and seat projections and declaring that, as always, Winston Peters will hold the balance of power.

Seeing art everywhere

You can find and be humbled by art anywhere, even Pluto, says Dean Jamie Allen.

OPINION: OPINION: Art, whether found in galleries, the Solar System, or a sick child's CT scan is a humbling experience, says Dean Jamie Allen.

Why Whanganui wants to lynch me

Duncan Garner: Positive and negative comments

OPINION: The good people of Whanganui want my guts for garters.

Len Lye Centre vs Mt Eden prison

Art for art's sake doesn't always make it in a world where every dollar is meticulously counted, says Ross Henderson.

OPINION: There's one thing everyone can agree on when it comes to the Len Lye Centre. It gets your attention. It's literally a beacon, and it's had photographers lining up around the block to get a snapshot.

Who knows what you'll discover

Take a look inside the Len Lye Centre and "wash the dust off your soul", John Sargeant says.

OPINION: "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life".

Is it all too dazzling?

New Plymouth's dazzling new Len lye Centre is unlikely to cause issues similar to those of London's "Walkie Talkie" building in 2013, Roger Hanson says.

The Len Lye Centre has spectacularly achieved its goal of being eye catching but some are asking if it might be too dazzling.

On behalf of the trees

Peter Barker (left) with  Maida Vale Retirement Village residents Neville Rowley, left, and Alister Imrie.  Scooter riders are asking for better walkway access on the side of Devon Rd so they can drive their mobility scooters into the Waiwhakaiho Valley safely.

OPINION: Senior citizens have protested for a year about the dangers of an unpaved section of footpath, but the council says an upgrade is not a priority.

Filling in the blanks

Justice is blind, but sometimes that's just not right, says Gordon Burnside

OPINION: Armies march "in column a route" or at least that's what I used to hear the drill instructors command.

Garner: One people, two NZs

We now have the tale of two New Zealands, writes Duncan Garner.

We have two New Zealands. The difference has never been so stark.

Media should have seen it coming

The mainstream media should have seen tough times coming in dairying, says Rachel Stewart.

OPINION: In case you missed it, that streak of white smeared across the night sky was the New Zealand dairy industry.

Watered down bill makes no sense

Small, but often dangerous businesses such as farms or forestry should not be exempt from new labour laws, says Ross Henderson.

OPINION: After Pike River something had to be done. It would be done. But is the response coming undone?

Gaffes pave the road to obscurity

The only thing Phil Twyford has proved, says John Sargeant, is that Andrew Little has no more control over his caucus than David Cunliffe ever did..

OPINION: Labour's blundering on Asian housing and zero hour contracts.

The Rilkoff Files: Peanut butter nutter

Peanut butter goes with toast like peas go with carrots.

OPINION: At this very minute there are three jars of peanut butter in my pantry. They are unopened jars. Reserve jars.

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