Land reports need to be comprehensive but they also need to be accurate and not overstate risks.
Are alpine water schemes the way to "futureproof" farming in the increasingly dry Hurunui district?
As the glow from Rio fades, decisions need to be made about funding priorities for the Tokyo Olympics.
OPINION: Heartfelt thanks to all of you who took the trouble to put me right about the number of laps in 10,000 metres. I'm not sure however you'll find it so easy to spot today's deliberate error.
OPINION: If a referendum was held on legalising cannabis for personal use, would you support it? You'd have to be off your scone.
This town has attracted an odd level of disgust from outsiders. It really isn't fair, writes a resident.
Do we really need a day recognising those who died in the New Zealand Wars, asks Chris Trotter.
Rio a pearler for non-sporting sporting stories
This week I, Donald J Trump, announced my detailed plan to make America safe again by stopping all undesirables at the border. I called it "Extreme Vetting". And people loved it, believe me, they loved it.
It was a week of sickness, sport, death and luggage.
Look past the name Ministry for Vulnerable Children to the intention behind it.
South Victoria St needs to be covered by the same late-night drinking rules as the rest of the central city.
OPINION: Reports that nearly half of all Kiwi GPs are planning to retire in the next 10 years will be music to the ears of UK medical health practitioners looking to emigrate to New Zealand post Brexit.
OPINION: Anne Tolley set the tone: this isn't about children, it's about politics.
Mainly I'm not a high performance athlete because I don't have the time, what with all the wine and that.
It's good to free up pressure on prisons but the public is losing faith in electronic bracelets.
Organ donors need to tell family of their choice if they want to ensure their wishes are carried out.
Why is theft from bars treated differently to theft from anywhere else, Johnny Moore asks.
Should we slap an "entry fee" on the air tickets of visitors to New Zealand?
OPINION: It is the purpose of uniforms to make the wearer look mildly, or hopefully horrendously, unattractive, and to negate individuality. Uniforms want clones.
Michael Gorman, one of Christchurch's most influential people, wielded power on behalf of others.
OPINION: I have just had my quadrennial encounter with ectomorphic athletics, aka the Olympic 10,000 metres. It was an extraordinary thing.
Christchurch buildings need to acknowledge the "memories" of their predecessors lost in the earthquakes.
Public opinion is moving in favour of cannabis law reform. Time for a sensible discussion.
OPINION: A tourist tax is entirely reasonable - as long as New Zealanders don't have to pay too.
The fate of Christchurch's trees is currently a low-level debate. It shouldn't be, writes Chris Trotter.
It's good to see people are thinking laterally about new ways of protecting our precious environment.
OPINION: When your country fails to win an Olympic event and the reaction is national doom and gloom it doesn't say much about our flimsy egos and identities.
News: We may be changing but there's still lots of fun ahead
We looked for good news in a week of shocking allegations, threats and ugly politics.