Opinion

Deep State, big trouble

The Ataturkian legacy is being smashed to pieces by Turkey's Islamist President, Tayyip Erdogan. Will America's ...

OPINION: Situation in Turkey shows what happens when a populist president believes himself to be in the cross-hairs. Will America's democratic legacy be next?

Church debate frustrates all

Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews, third from left, mingles with church members after a news conference on Sunday.

Christchurch's cathedral stand-off has a strange knack for resurfacing at the worst possible moments. 

Fire leadership 'ruddlerless'

An emotional Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel during a  meeting for affected residents by the Christchurch fires.

OPINION: As frontline heroes are saluted, alarm bells are ringing about the rudderless leadership from officials.

D-day for paua harvest ban decision

The extent of uplift created by the November 14 quake can be easily traced at Ward Beach.

OPINION: MPI should go ahead and extend the paua harvest ban along the east coast, say commercial paua divers.

Grazing animals needed in Port Hills

Firefighters in the dry-looking Port Hills on Thursday.

OPINION: More grazing would reduce fire risk in the Port Hills, argues Dr Derrick Moot who leads Lincoln University's Dryland Pastures Research team.

The fire is real, the president is fake

David and Michael Chadwick, 3, watch the Port Hills fire from State Highway 75 on Wednesday.

OPINION: A city was threatened by fire and reality was threatened by a president.

NZ independence crucial in Trumpian era

The US Polar Star, in Lyttelton this week, offered support with the Port Hills fires.

Our helpful American friends are very welcome, but lets extend the hand of friendship on our terms, not as a junior partner in an outdated alliance.

Plague standby for locusts

SATIRE: Kaikoura residents send emergency supplies of expletives back to beleaguered fire-affected Port Hills residents.

Bald-faced lies and other social pleasantries

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer removes lint from Senior White House Advisor Stephen Miller's jacket as he waits ...

OPINION: The ability to stare into a camera and tell a bald-faced lie seems to be a prerequisite for staff in Donald Trump's administration.

A swirl of confusion around every emergency

Christchurch Adventure Park shows the destruction caused by the fires.

OPINION: Despite all its quake practice, Civil Defence is giving out unclear messages, and creating more anxiety.

Move to 'quiet' Port Hills backfires

The fire forced Port Hills residents from their homes, with others anxiously bracing in case they, too, have to evacuate.

OPINION: We were smug about our shift to a peaceful neighbourhood. Now we spend our evenings preparing to leave.

OPINION: Ship Cove to Cathedral Square

Between the mountains and the sea - could a new cycle trail help invigorate Kaikoura and the top of the South?

OPINION: The Coastal Pacific Trail is one of the biggest tourism and economic opportunities of our generation.

What the Port Hills mean to us video

First we looked down in horror at our quake-ravaged city. Now we look up at spiralling plumes.

Once we took to these hills and looked down in horror at our quake-ravaged city. Now we look up at spiralling plumes.

A hug for the tree huggers

"​Tree hugging is educational. It reminds us how much we depend on trees."

OPINION: Ian Spellerberg explains the benefits of tree hugging and writes in support of tree huggers.

Why did it take so long?

David Askin, also known as Steve, was flying a firefighting mission in Christchurch when his helicopter crashed.

Why was a state of emergency not declared earlier?

Devil in the details

Ainslie Talbot is urging better bowel cancer screening in NZ after receiving treatment in 2014.

A bowel cancer screening test saved Ainslie Talbot's life but he worries the national programme has too many catches.

Trump beggars belief

Donald Trump specialises in bullying, lying and boasting, says Joe Bennett.

OPINION: Donald Trump has undercut the belief on which Western democracy is based - that the world can be made better.

Race can inspire all

Mike Smith, left, helped his his wife Amelia Smith fulfil a lifetime dream of finishing the Coast to Coast.

The Coast to Coast offers inspiring stories

Winston Peters no Trump

Winston Peters may be New Zealand's own populist political leader but that does make him a Trump, says Chris Trotter.

OPINION: Political experts have begun speculating as to whether we might be in line for an Antipodean version of "The Donald".

Mike Yardley: Full steam ahead

The Kingston Flyer when it was running. Both Invercargill and the West Coast have plans to bring the steam engine to ...

OPINION: What a nadir for local train-buffs, with all KiwiRail passenger services in the South Island now off the tracks.

Too much space, too little time

Cathedral Square seen from the air.

OPINION: Planning that prioritises time over space will avoid the terrible waiting games that have paralysed Christchurch since 2011.

New scheme 'just and humane'

John Jolliff, left, who with partner Des Smith, became the first gay couple to have a civil union, said some police ...

OPINION: A significant step towards equality was made when the Government announced historical convictions for homosexual offences could be wiped from people's criminal records.

The law still rules

The US courts knocked back the travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump.

It's refreshing to see that the system can still over-rule leaders.

Looking for news in the dark

It was a big week for Prime Minister Bill English. He explains the "vibe" of the Treaty at Orakei Marae on Waitangi Day.

A week of news in dark places.

When Trump pocket dials you

SATIRE: An almost official transcript of the phone call between POTUS and NZ's PM.

Climbing out of my rut

You can photograph vegetables and even, believe it or not, eat them.

OPINION: I'm at peak unhealthiness and always throwing out food. Well, not anymore.

Ruby's case difficult

Donella Knox at her sentencing at the Blenheim High Court in December.

OPINION: Donella Knox killed her autistic daughter. How much sympathy does she deserve?

Is mass tourism good for Akaroa?

"No-one can properly appreciate the special character of Akaroa when its streets are clogged with buses and visitors ...

OPINION: Akaroa's reputation as a charming village is threatened by mass tourism.

Toyota Corolla the perfect car

Toyota Motor Corp's first generation model of Corolla car. The Corolla is the the perfect car, Johnny Moore claims.

"I don't know why anybody would bother with anything else," Johnny Moore says.

Labour MP takes to Facebook

Willie Jackson has not been universally accepted since being given a list ranking by Labour leader Andrew Little.

OPINION: Voters will not support a Labour party whose candidates say they cannot work together.

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