Opinion

Sovereignty issues 'snookering' National

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Sovereignty issues are snookering National in a slow-burning winter of discontent, writes Mike Yardley.

TPPA: More than politicians in this world

Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo, New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser, and Peruvian Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva appear at a news conference in Hawaii after Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on the TPP.

OPINION: Tim Groser is not known for saying silly things, writes Chris Trotter.

Bowron: A deal that would sink NZ

ISDS would allow foreign companies to challenge US laws — and potentially to pick up huge payouts from taxpayers — without ever stepping foot in a US court.

OPINION: Only a madman would sign us up to a deal that had no benefit to us and lost control of our destiny.

Clark long shot as head of UN

Helen Clark in action in Tokyo in 2014 as head of the United Nations Development Programme

The odds are against former prime minister Helen Clark becoming the next head of the United Nations, although there is a remote possibility she will emerge as a compromise candidate.

Elderly can be naughty little liars

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OPINION: Grandma is 96. Her brain is sharp as a tack. It's the body that is starting to give way.

Oops, we mislaid NZ's only copy of the TPP

"The last thing we want to do is leave this in the back of the cab – and sure enough that's the last thing we did."

Trade Minister Tim Groser reveals the real reason New Zealanders have so little information about the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Cautious support for greater Taser access

It has been announced that frontline police can now carry tasers routinely.

EDITORIAL: Nearly 5000 people – 4962 to be precise  – were inured last year by what police using what they call their "tactical options".

Heady stuff of emotions makes movie moving

Mixed emotions try to make sense of the world in Pixar's animated trip through a child's mind, Inside Out.

OPINION: One of the joys of having grandchildren is going to the movies with them in the school holidays, writes Ken Strongman

Metropolitan area commuter rail is possible

The way it was:  passengers board the last train to Rangiora at the Christchurch Railway Station,  April 30, 1976.

OPINION: A better public transport system for the whole of metropolitan Christchurch is one that involves efficient, integrated multimodal services. That must include mainline rail for long-haul commutes, writes Christopher Kissling.

Engineer pioneered use of computers in NZ

John Robinson, Christchurch engineer and computer expert

Distinguished engineer John Robinson was one of the first users of computers in New Zealand.

Christchurch dog parks an asset

Kevin loves going to the Halswell Quarry

OPINION: Thanks for the dog parks, Christchurch City Council. 

Lawyers, politicians and other animals

Fataki, the oldest of Orana Wildlife Park's three gorillas, smiles for the cameras on Thursday.

OPINION: It was a week of law suits, trade deals and animal stories.

Don't stand on the oxygen tube

Never too old to fall in love. Bill Mitchell, age 101, enjoys some one on one time with Press reporter Ashleigh Stewart.

'Oh the horror!' was how it began.

A man and his pig - give me a break

Clearly, the man and his pig would be Otago supporters - not Canterbury.

OPINION: It's easy to be seduced by the cute story in this ad. Don't forget what it's here to do.

Sentence idea worth a look

Tony Robertson, sex offender and murderer.

A proposal that unrepentant criminals should have their sentences reconsidered if they make no efforts to seek help to reform is worth a look.

Intentional or unintentional, racism is still wrong

Jale Moala says no one can explain the feeling of helplessness and loss racism can cause until they themselves have become a victim of racial abuse.

OPINION: In the wake of incidents of abuse at rugby grounds, Jale Moala relates his experience of racism in Christchurch.

Ditching 'dinosaur' views

Johnny Moore

It's never too late to develop a better understanding of Maori language, writes Johnny Moore.

Ugliest voices always loudest

Christchurch's Fijian winger Sake Aca was the target of racial taunts during the weekend's  club rugby final  between Lincoln University and Christchurch.

OPINION: We need to stop being bystanders and call out the racists, writes Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

Trade deal must be closely tested

Global prosperity has increased exponentially in the last 30 years, thanks largely to the expansion of freer trade.

Like all trade treaties, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is expected to have trade-offs. The true test is whether New Zealand benefits overall.

Rugby must act against racism

Peni Manumanuniliwa, who has played 100 games rugby for Southbridge rugby club, says he prays before each game that he will not be racially abused.

Racial abuse from rugby spectators appears to be growing. Rugby authorities need to do more to stop it.

Offshore and off the grid

A tropical island holiday doesn't have to be promoted to the world on social media.

OPINION: OPINION: There is no video evidence of it to go viral, so you are just going to have to trust me when I tell you I had a great tropical holiday.

Dressing your home for winter

Design for a passive house in Arrowtown. A passive house meets an exact standard measuring how much energy is expended to keep it at a comfortable temperature while also maintaining an exchange of fresh air. Because of its design, only minimal extra heating or cooling is required, ensuring power bills are kept low.

OPINION: This winter has been a little bit nippy, hasn't it? Real brass monkey weather.

Parental leave should be lifted

Parents and babies at a campaign launch three years ago to extend paid parental leave.

OPINION: Increasing paid parental leave from 18 weeks to 26 would not break the Government's books.

Human rights cost lots of money

Spring Hill prison in North Waikato.

OPINION: As citizens of a civilised nation, we have a duty to care about what is being done behind prison walls.

Some pranks are good-natured, and some are really hurtful

A car covered in Post-It notes in the heart of Dunedin's student quarter, Dundas St.

OPINION: I think we see ourselves as a nation of pranksters always up for a good natured laugh, writes Tahu Potiki.

Stamp duty will 'stop the rot'

New Zealand's Government needs to look at introducing a stamp duty, Mike Yardley says.

OPINION: John Key should introduce a punitive stamp duty to stop offshore buyers gaming the country's housing market, Mike Yardley says.

Veering off the virtuous path, and crashing spectacularly

The valley surrounding Blenheim is dotted with vineyards.

OPINION: I'm at a literary festival and I am feeling a little less chirpy than the blackbird that is currently mocking me.

Financial review 'unbelievable'

An aerial view of Christchurch Hospital, taken in 2012.

The Canterbury health board has suffered a cut of $45 per person in its region while health funding nationally is up $24 per NZer.

Bowron: A week of skits

Mt Eden Corrections Facility before it opened.

OPINION: It's all laughable - Sky City's ad and the for-profit running of our prisons.

Govt should act on court ruling

A law depriving sentenced prisoners of the right to vote is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act the High Court has ruled.

A High Court ruling on prisoners' voting rights is a notable step under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.

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