Opinion

Signs of the times

Thursday's anti-TPPA protests were not limited to Auckland but were held nationwide. A small group of protesters took to the streets of Timaru.

It was a week of protests, policy and political primaries.

Frothing over Trimgate video

The sign that got the internet over-caffeinated.

JOHNNY MOORE: I’m surprised more people don’t demand cafes serve breast milk lattes with the amount of crying I see online.

Odious con artists must be caught

What could be more despicable than stealing the life savings of the elderly?

What could be worse than ripping-off the elderly of their life savings? Con artists are contemptible.

When treaties collide

"Well, the locals would give up Certain Things, and in return they would receive Many Benefits. Stop me if I'm getting too technical."

SATIRE: Wait, which agreement were we talking about?

How bad is the TPP?

The intelligentsia of NZ has come out fighting against the TPPA.

Columnist Martin van Beynen says the opposition to the TPPA is its best recommendation.

From uncontrollable tears to good tears

Sometimes tears are a good sign.

OPINION: Some Kiwi families have holiday baches. I am convinced ours should buy a timeshare unit in a psychiatric hospital.

TPPA day a moment of significance

TPPA opponents protestors have committed to taking to the streets to protest against the ceremonial signing of the deal by 12 nations in Auckland.

Today is being signalled by some as an historic day in the nation's history.

Home needed for Ngai Tahu art

A decade ago, Te Papa held a celebration of Ngai Tahu art. Now it's time for a permanent South Island home for such a collection, argues Christopher Moore.

OPINION: Ngai Tahu creativity needs to be recognised and shared.

Why 'free education' should be free

Students in Christchurch protest over fee increases in 2006.

OPINION: Michele A'Court recalls when the idea of being 23 and $20,000 in debt was not ok.

Building community-focused workplaces

An artist's impression of Waterloo Business Park, under construction at the former Islington Freezing Works.

OPINION: A developer's vision for Christchurch includes workplaces that support work/life balance.

Back-to-school costs bite hard

The costs of heading back to school.

OPINION: Let's help and encourage parents who are struggling rather than add our judgement to their stack of challenges.

Mosquito-borne viruses a growing threat

Preventative measures against the Zika virus have been stepped us as the virus quickly spreads.

NZ must support efforts to combat Zika as global warming sees a rise in the threat from mosquito-borne diseases.

Tracy Gough, electric car convert

Tracy Gough

Christchurch is now at a crossroad in development. Some of the change will come from the earthquake situation and rebuilding, and some will come from the technology that is about to sweep the world.

Protecting our waterways

The photograph of cows in Lake Taylor that sparked fresh debate about fresh water.

OPINION: The uproar around the Lake Taylor herd of thirsty cows has highlighted the challenges of getting practical solutions to stock exclusion.

Lonely elderly need family, community help

Lorna Batchelor lives alone and is one of thousands of chronically lonely elderly people who need to be looked after and included in their community.

Families and communities need to look after their wisest but most vulnerable members - the elderly.

Two steps forward, one step back

Labour leader Andrew Little before a charity skydive in December. He seems ready to send Labour's Rogenomics legacy into freefall as well.

OPINION: The Labour Party is going to have to confront the ghosts of its Rogernomics past and lay them, finally, to rest.

Iowa kicks off 'the greatest show on Earth'

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa.

OPINION: The 2016 US Presidential Primary race is already proving to be the weirdest, wackiest and most unpredictable election cycle in living memory.

When truth so faultlessly expressed calms the rage

In a wham bam world of iPhones and porn on demand they don't want to read of poetry, writes Joe Bennett.

OPINION: "Poetry," wrote Auden... but let me pause there. That noise you heard was readers leaving.

Staying corruption-free takes work

New Zealand has slipped to fourth place in a global corruption survey. What can the Government do about it?

It's good news New Zealand remains mostly corruption-free, but the bad news is it's slipping. Why?

Too dirty to swim

Cows in Lake Grassmere in 2014.

OPINION: Cantabrians shouldn't be stuck with the embarrassment of rivers too dirty to swim in.

Farming woes continue for many

Cheviot farmer Vincent Daly surveys his drought-stricken farm after much-needed rainfall this month. The rain was the only bright spot in another gloomy week for the region's farmers.

A fall in forecast milk prices was further gloomy news for farmers, but rain was welcomed by many.

Sport in crisis after corruption

This laboratory in Moscow is accused of covering up incriminating drug tests.

OPINION: Can we trust anything in sport anymore? I don't think so.

Eleven: Silence for quake victims

The All Right? campaign, reminding Cantabrians that it is OK to feel stressed by aftershocks, has been a helpful response to the quakes, says Beck Eleven.

OPINION: Is 60 seconds quiet contemplation for the dead on February 22 too much to ask?

Week in review: trains, cows and politics as usual

Labour leader Andrew Little has had trouble with his party's line on the TPP.

It was a week of rail politik.

Taggers need tar and feathering

Tagging of public art, such as Ash Keating's wall mural Concrete Proposition in Manchester St, shouldn't be simply shrugged off as an inevitable feature of urban life as we currently know it.

OPINION: OPINION: Vandalism is an ugly, mindless blot on any town or city

Science and the city a welcome move

Science Alive hosted the Big Science Day in Cathedral Square in October last year, at which Annabelle Yang, 7, discovered little robots.

Christchurch is poised to become a major national science centre following Science Alive's announcement.

Dude TV not just for men

TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick at the Auckland TVNZ studios. The state broadcaster has announced plans for a channel aimed at men.

OPINION:

The corporate socialism fix is in

The Occupy Wall St movement has been the most visible sign yet of what Johnny Moore calls "angry mobs... banging on the expensive gates of the billionaires asking for their share of the wealth".

OPINION: The market’s not free at all, and if it’s going to be manipulated then maybe it should be to ensure everybody gets a bit of the pie.

'The orange ferret is rogue'

"Upon request by POTUS to open the Emergency Satchel, run.  Just run. With the satchel of course."

SATIRE: Thinking the unthinkable in case the unelectable is elected.

Cattle and lakes should not mix

This is not the first time cattle have been found standing about in Canterbury's Lake Taylor.

Photographs of cattle standing in our lakes should be the catalyst for strict Environment Canterbury action.

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