Opinion

Salvaging an upset tummy overseas

Nothing can spoil a foreign holiday quite like an upset tummy.

A tale of aid across the oceans involving a small army of volunteers who joined forces to save Beck some embarrassment.

A pay rise for the ages

Telani Esene, left, Kristine Bartlett and Eneata Apineru celebrate the historic pay equity settlement in Wellington.

Workers win a pay increase and Britain prepares for chaos.

Our shameful bullying record

New Zealand children are more aware of bullying than ever but the prevalence of it remains unacceptably high.

OPINION: New Zealand is bullying above its weight on the world stage.

Shock and awe while avoiding nuclear fallout in Queenstown

SATIRE: Just a regular American tourist in Queenstown, definitely not a former president...

Immigration policy a disgrace

A immigrant worker is happy to do work New Zealanders scorn.

OPINION: Vast sectors of our economy would collapse without immigrants but do we really need them?

Time to go White Elephant hunting in Christchurch

An artist's impression of the planned Christchurch Convention Centre. If An Accessible City is in question, what is the ...

OPINION: I think politics in Christchurch is about to get much more exciting than anything Netflix can offer.

Lack of haste in red zone frustrates

A portable "floating houses" designed for The Netherlands. Is something similar a bold enough vision for the red zone?

OPINION: It is one thing for Regenerate Christchurch to say they want to be bold in the red zone. It is another to work to real-world timelines.

Time to throw Wicked on the barbie?

Some Wicked Campers vans sport drug messages but others are said to be indecent, sexist or degrading to women.

OPINION: Wicked Campers is making a mockery of attempts to curb the use of offensive slogans on its vans.

Corporate callousness at work

A video screen grab shows passenger Dr David Dao being dragged off a United Airlines flight at  O'Hare International ...

OPINION: The beating of a United Airlines passenger saw a corporation pretending to care.

Pay equity milestone reached

Wellington aged care worker Kristine Bartlett brought a court case that snowballed into pay equity reform.

The Government reached a $2 billion settlement with aged care workers.

Blame game not helping river

The Selwyn River, seen here at the Coes Ford near Leeston in February, is the poster child for poor water quality in ...

OPINION: We don't have a water supply issue, we have a water management issue.

Too many pools? You're soaking in it.

Christchurch City Council are proposing free swimming at council pools. Pictured: Kade Maher at the Pioneer Recreation ...

OPINION: I'm always in awe of how a grassroots uprising or well-honed backlash can force bureaucracy's hand to think again and change course.

Inquiry needed into staff conduct at Cera

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes
and Michael Heron talk about the SSC report on allegations against former staff ...

OPINION: Gerry Brownlee says there is no need for a wide-ranging inquiry into staff conduct at Cera. We disagree.

Show of force on North Korea likely in vain

A North Korean navy truck carries the 'Pukkuksong' submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) during a military parade ...

OPINION: President Trump says North Korea "will be taken care of" if its dictator, Chairman Kim Jong Un, authorises another round of nuclear weapons tests.

Brexit's impact on New Zealand

British Prime Minister Theresa May took the UK's top job in the wake of the Brexit referendum.

OPINION: NZ's pro-remain attitude reflects a maturing relationship with the UK and EU.

Can sport and religion mix?

Sonny Bill Williams has become the public face of Islam in New Zealand.

OPINION: Religion is usually a private matter in New Zealand – unless you're Muslim.

Let's be bold and brisk in the red zone

The world's largest equine sculptures are part of Scotland's "The Helix" regeneration project. Can Christchurch be as ...

OPINION: Cantabrians who have a big idea for the future shape of the residential red zone better get cracking.

Silly old Bill English's humble hero social media strategy

SATIRE: Andrew Gunn stumbles across a top secret social media strategy calendar for PM Bill English.

Stories from the disaster arms race

An already sodden Waikato waits to be hit by Cyclone Cook. Experts predicted the worst storm in 50 years.

Weather news, Hitler and the loss of a comic legend.

Roll on the trailer parks

Village Trailer Park in Santa Monica, California. The homes are mobile but are going nowhere.

OPINION: Just maybe, trailer parks are the answer to housing those in New Zealand who otherwise end up on the streets.

Long, hard work ahead to restore waterways

Lake Forsyth, seen here in a 2016 photo, has been in poor health for many years.

OPINION: For some waterways, reaching "desired outcomes" in cleaning up rivers and lakes is simply not going to happen in the lifetimes of most of us.

Editorial: We have been let down

Public servants employed to encourage investment into earthquake-damaged Christchurch committed "serious and sustained ...

OPINION: We have been badly let down by three men employed by the taxpayer to support Canterbury's earthquake recovery.

A century of conscientious objection

This rare photograph of a group of conscientious objector prisoners at Paparua Prison, Christchurch, during WWI, ...

OPINION: With sabres being rattled over Syria and North Korea, it is time to remember the conscientious objectors of WWl.

Trump's creed - Popularity rules

US President Donald Trump delivers a statement about missile strikes on a Syrian airfield, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in ...

OPINION: Trump strikes at the heart of his populist creed.

Democracy won in court

The jury found that Lani Hagaman was not defamed by Labour leader Andrew Little.

OPINION: Andrew Little was the winner in court, and so was democracy.

Hospital parking proves elusive video

A row of roadworks cones adds to the frustration of finding a park around Christchurch Hospital.

Hunting the near-mythical hospital parking space. Perseverance, luck or no chance at all?

Get in behind Trev

John Clarke as Fred Dagg in 1976.

OPINION: No one was ever better at puncturing official waffle than John Clarke.

Council needs lessons in keeping afloat

Xavier Ballantine enjoys the pool at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre in Christchurch.

OPINION: Why is the Christchurch City Council trying to build more pools when the ones it already has run at a monumental loss?

Should we believe Uncle Sam?

U.S. President Donald Trump says he ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from which a deadly ...

There is an assumption among Kiwi foreign policy "experts" that what the United States tells us should be believed.

Daring to be bold along the Avon River

The world's largest equine sculptures are part of Scotland's "The Helix" regeneration project. Can Christchurch be as ...

OPINION: Christchurch has an opportunity to create something amazing for the future of Christchurch and New Zealand in the Otakaro Avon River corridor. 

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