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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.

Greater police access to Tasers deserves cautious support

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

OPINION: Nearly 5000 people – 4962 to be precise  – were inured last year by what police using what they call their "tactical options"; the actions they take when a person becomes unco-operative and has to be subdued or coerced by force. How many of those injuries were caused by Tasers? Just five. About one in 1000.

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.

Rebuild workers should be respected

A number of Filipino reconstruction workers were photographed in a rental house in April, paying huge rents and being squashed several to a room.

OPINION: OPINION: History will remember the foreign tradies who came to Canterbury to help with the rebuild after the earthquakes of 2010-2011.

John, tell Max to pull his head in

Amelia Finlayson and Max Key star in a video shot by Max while on holiday with his family in Hawaii.

OPINION: We all like to dream about being very wealthy. But wealth has its own problems.

Dom Harvey wracked with guilt?

Jay-Jay Harvey and Dom Harvey

Dom, have you seen my – Dom? Dom are you crying?

Holidays in the sun

Trina Nesbitt and her two children finally got a state house after five months of paying $300 a week to live in a caravan. "It was a horrible time," she told the Press this week.

Prison fights, lavish holidays, celebrity feuds. This week the news imitated reality television.

Light pollution a problem in Christchurch

The Church of the Good Shepherd at Tekapo is seen with the Milky Way as a backdrop. Tekapo's curbs on light pollution has made it a magnet for tourists and stargazers wanting a spectacular view of the night sky.

OPINION: OPINION: Bright lights, big city - as Christchurch rebuilds, there is an urgent need for politicians and planners to manage light pollution.

Serco must be held to account

Dining area at Mt Eden prison, one of the most modern in the country.

Editorial: The allegations about misconduct at Mt Eden are murky and the private operator must be kept to the standards expected of a prison service.

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