OPINION: Mate, you asked us to dare to dream. We did. Now the reality is dawning.
OPINION: The Government has acknowledged many state houses are not up to standard and have not been properly maintained.
A government statement in December 2012, announcing it had nominated Trade Minister Tim Groser for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation, was headed "PM supports Tim Groser's WTO bid".
OPINION: No one needs rules. Rules are the refuge of the narrow mind, especially when it comes to language.
OPINION: As days go by the devastation caused to Vanuatu by tropical Cyclone Pam becomes clearer.
OPINION: Officials needed to know whether lizards or native geckos exist at the property ... and whether their lives are in danger.
OPINION: Police Minister Michael Woodhouse rightly had concerns with the police's handling of the "Roast Busters" case.
Prime Minister John Key admitted National had " a big job to do" in Northland.
"We thank motorists for driving with courtesy and care, which assisted traffic flow immeasurably, and we congratulate the organisers of Womad and the people of Taranaki for a hugely successful festival."
OPINION: We can disown Natalia Kills, one of The X Factor NZ judges dumped after the bullying of a contestant was beamed around the world.
OPINION: My critic said "you need to get out more" and so dear readers, I did.
For the Northland by-election the Government is promising to widen one-way bridges and bring better internet services.
OPINION: Prime Minister John Key's plans to curb MPs' pay rises hit a snag last week.
OPINION: Poor Dean Stewart died the loneliest of deaths inside his Wellington council flat, lying undiscovered for a month.
OPINION: The confluence of a by-election and a spurt of infrastructural-development announcements in Northland inevitably raised questions in Parliament about the timing of National's interest in rejuvenating the backward region.
Americarna praised I was a first-time entrant in this years' Americarna festival, and very pleased to be able to participate in the three day events.
National Party campaign strategists have played the infrastructural-development card after opinion polls showed the safe seat of Northland might fall to NZ First leader Winston Peters at the by-election later this month.
Moodys Investor Services gave Finance Minister Bill English another platform for grandstanding about his budget management last week.
OPINION: Data gatherers from the Government Communications Security Bureau aren't the only ones who have been busy in the South Pacific.
If New Zealand is selling out its "little neighbours" in an attempt to impress its big American brother, as has been claimed, it has all the makings of a fable - albeit one with an unhappy ending.
OPINION: Nelson-based Talley's, an international exporter of food products, has interests in the seafood, meat, dairy and vegetable sectors.
The World Health Organisation plays a public-health role when it promotes tougher measures against smoking, including so-called plain-packaging.
Congratulations to the organisers of Americarna 2015. It was stunningly successful.
OPINION: A thorough Government review of the extent of political lobbying with public funding is long overdue.
Surely it would have been better to ask the taxpayers to vote whether the government should be spending this amount of money on a new flag?
OPINION: Burnside's take on the council hopefuls.
OPINION: Howie Tamati, sole Maori councillor on the New Plymouth District Council, sees the granting of Maori wards on local councils as a step in the right direction, telling Radio New Zealand it is "not the right answer but a start". He is wrong, very wrong.
OPINION: NZ First leader Winston Peters disclosed on Waitangi Day he was considering running for the vacant Northland seat at the by-election on March 28.
OPINION: There is little doubt - excuse the pun - who our next prime minister will be.
OPINION: Recording who owns what will at least tell us how much land is already foreign-owned.
OPINION: Not all commitments of troops have been put to a vote, and there is no legal requirement for Government to obtain Parliament's consent.
OPINION: Laila Harre and Matthew Hooton, enjoying a skiing holiday together?
OPINION: I made a promise to the dog. "I'll just watch the first five overs," I said. "Then I'll get back to work."
OPINION: Education Minister Hekia Parata has invested a great deal of political capital in proving the critics wrong.
OPINION: More than 4000 US soldiers, and countless Iraqi civilians, have died in Iraq since 2003.
OPINION: It is tempting to wonder if our biosecurity system has gone to the dogs.
OPINION: Not many people frighten me - but Celia Lashlie certainly did. Fortunately she was on my side.
Different viewpoint Waitara is a great place to live with a vibrant community and positive attitude, which contradicts the views of those of Joe Rauner (letters February 9).
Fresh from having their fingers burnt at the SkyCity casino, Prime Minister John Key and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce are musing on how much to sink into a fresh misadventure.
Whatever possessed the combined wisdom of the editorial staff and past editor Lance Girling-Butcher to offer such ill-disposed comments around the extraordinary achievement of "New Plymouth boy" Anthony McCarten?
OPINION: He's principled, but Labour leader Andrew Little needs to get a hand on his housekeeping.
OPINION: Government-industry partnerships aim to transform the sustainability and productivity pastoral and food industries through innovation, but are we getting value for money.
OPINION: This is a long shot, said the woman's voice on the phone.
Do you ever feel that you would be happy if only you had a ton of money with a bit of eminence and fame thrown in?
As Minister of Tourism, John Key has been peculiarly fixated on conference centres.
Writer's block. Who'd have it? Well, as it turns out, me. I feel like I've just admitted a common and private malady. Like erectile dysfunction.
OPINION: One of the most powerful messages this week came from a District Court judge named Pippa Sinclair.
OPINION: It is important to keep abreast of the modern world and the young who inhabit it.
OPINION: The parliamentary year has only just begun, but John Key already questioning over the SkyCity deal.
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