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Govt leaves ratepayers picking up tab

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Kapiti Island

OPINION: Flying across the Tasman recently I got chatting with a fellow passenger who commuted regularly between Wellington and his work at the University of Melbourne.

How do we tell the kids about climate change?

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As a nation that flatly refuses to confront our climate-change obligations, or openly talk about the looming black cloud, I wonder how our children are faring.

Farmers had better put on their hard hats

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In a recent column, a dairy farmer wrote "this farmer bashing has got to stop".

Greens let down

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1080

OPINION: Before now the Greens have never felt quite fully cooked.

Aussie with birdcage on head visits tiger shark

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Australia. Bonza, and all that, but is it really "The Lucky Country"? I don't think so.

Follow Colorado and make dope legal

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Marijuana

OPINION: In my adolescence I smoked marijuana maybe half a dozen times.

Time to truly, deeply appreciate gift of being alive

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Here we are again at the back end of another year. 2013 has no doubt landed a few blows, and some blessings, on all of us.

Smartphones v dumb people - guess who wins

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THE JOLLA: Ex-Nokia engineers say their new smartphone's open operating system gives it an edge over rivals.

OPINION: There is no doubt about it - Americans love their gadgets.

Opinion: Problem be damned: we'll just keep on growing

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Another day. Another dire report for dairying and its impact on the environment.

Children, like dogs, need to know who is boss

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Children. Who'd have 'em?

It was all her fault? The mayor couldn't say no?

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OPINION: Did you know that I drive with my vagina? It's true.

Our country's being run by the Keystone Cops

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If I didn't laugh I'd cry.

Honour boosts wind beneath deserving sister's wings

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I must be getting old.

Time to look deeper into what others just accept

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Local body elections are once again upon us. My how time flies - even when you're not having fun.

Choosing to be indisposed to the truth

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That moment when you phone your editor for a long overdue catchup, partly hoping for some words from the wise to gain inspiration for your next column. Yeah, that one.

Why I'm fed up with those parasitic tiny-fish Feds

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In the wake of the Fonterra scare, I have watched the performance of Federated Farmers closely.

Clink of ice in a toast to freedom of the press

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On the balmy California evening of August 8, 1974, I was lying on my living room floor in front of a flickering television screen. I was totally riveted. I knew it was big news.

Scheme a gamble

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The negative impacts of proposed irrigation and water storage schemes are being discussed more and more.

Water, water everywhere but not a stop to think

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OPINION: A particular hobbyhorse of mine is water. Be it lack of quality, of allocation, or the predicted water wars now starting to escalate.

Having earned respect, try showing it for others

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OPINION: Public outrage about Air New Zealand's policy not to hire cabin staff displaying ta moko has finally elicited a response.

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