A'Court: Save Christmas for Christmas

Those advertising Christmas already can shove their baubles and tinsel where the spring sun doesn't shine, Michele A'Court writes.

OPINION: Those advertising Christmas already can shove their baubles and tinsel where the spring sun doesn't shine, Michele A'Court writes.

Robust EQC process needed

An example of shoddy Christchurch earthquake repairs, with Gib and old bricks used to pack and support floor joists

The Government should consider seeking independent advice on EQC's complaints procedure.

Science funding concerns

New Zealand needs scientists engaged in core research as well as industry-specific work.

Our national strategy for science should be about supporting and developing our scientific capability, says a leading scientist.

Labour's TPP choice could swing election

A Trans Pacific Partnership protest in Christchurch. Could Labour leverage public opinion against the deal to create a coalition for 2017?

OPINION: Andrew Little could lead an anti-TPP coalition into electoral battle in 2017.

"Fossil-fuel fundamentalism" is fearmongering

By siding with "happy-clappy idealists", does acting mayor Vicki Buck have her head in the sand about political realities?

OPINION: City council stance on deep-sea oil exploration an ill-fated crusade, Mike Yardley says.

Violent cost of work to release failures

A Rolleston Prison inmate raped a woman while on release to work.

The jaws of even hardened crime reporters dropped as more details emerged about what the Corrections Department called the worst incident in the 50 year history of the work to release programme.

A century of myths after the execution of Edith Cavell

British nurse Edith Cavell, whose execution in WWI has been seen in many ways since.

One hundred years on, the execution of Edith Louisa Cavell has faded from public memory, consigning her to the scrapheap of history.

Blooming terrific

Winston Churchill is a famous example of a late bloomer.

There are many famous examples of those who began life as relative failures at school but who blossomed later.

Sandstorms, bomb threats and trade deals

Prime Minister John Key has his "Mission Accomplished" moment onboard a New Zealand Hercules as it flew from Dubai to Baghdad this week.

It was a week of Iraq and roll as John Key visited troops.

Should beggars be out of sight, out of mind?

A woman walks past a beggar on Stanmore Rd in Christchurch this week. Should the city give itself new powers to move beggars on?

EDITORIAL: Moving beggars away from the public gaze reveals a failure of empathy.

Kiwis don't make enough fuss

Kiwi workers should make more of a fuss, Cecile Meier writes, like the Air France workers who stormed the company's headquarters in protest against nearly 3000 proposed layoffs.

OPINION: Are employers taking advantage of Kiwis’ good nature in the workplace?

Early childhood disquiet a wake-up call

An early childhood sector survey found one quarter of teachers would not be happy for their child to attend the centre where they worked.

New Zealand's early childhood education system came under friendly fire this week from its own teachers.

Me and John Key

Documentary maker Bryan Bruce has his head examined.

Why doesn't the Prime Minister believe the Government is morally obliged to do for young people what it once did for him?

Confessions of the untidy partner

White delight for the tidy partner.

It’s always the tidy ones who shoulder the worry.

Last minute TPPA negotiations

Trade Minister Tim Groser, who had to Google metaphors for "not an ideal result".

SATIRE: Andrew Gunn's highlights of the final hours of TPPA negotiations.

Icefest spending must be scrutinised

Icefest celebrated Christchurch's long-standing connections to Antarctica.

EDITORIAL: More than 100 years ago, great explorers chose the Port of Lyttelton as the launching point for their expeditions to unchartered Antarctic territories.

No need for begging

Mike Hassall has been begging in Colombo Street for about three months.

Martin van Beynen says beggars are a blight, an eyesore and have no claim on our conscience.

NZ 'bench warmer' in TPPA talks

A lack of information around the TPPA negotiations did not go down well with some Kiwis.

New Zealand "like the short kid in a basketball team" in TPPA negotiations, writes Johnny Moore.

City-making project grows people and places together

The Anti-Gravity installation at the Festival of Transitional Architecture last year.

How can Christchurch be more vibrant, sustainable and full of the dreams of its people?

Red-zoning by stealth

Coastal erosion at New Brighton beach in 2001.

Imagine a TV drama series where the central plot revolves around how residents battered by a devastating earthquake recover and once again, take pride in themselves and in their damaged but beautiful city. However, surreptitiously their Council delivers them a critical blow. You could title the series, Red Zoning by stealth – Christchurch City Council Coastal Hazards Policies.

More transparency still needed on Trans Pacific Partnership

Trade Minister Tim Groser says a disappointing dairy deal in the TPPA was the best New Zealand could do.

Does the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership mean a “big win for regional New Zealand” or have we “swallowed a lot of dead rats”?

Backstage at TEDx

Analise Twemlow, 11, and her mother Robyn Twemlow were both speakers at TEDx Christchurch.

OPINION: Christchurch was arguably the most eloquent, inspiring, heart-warming city on planet during TEDx.

Yardley: Time to tax Google

New Zealand must pounce on multi-national tax dodgers like Google, Facebook and Apple, Mike Yardley says.

OPINION: New Zealand must pounce on multi-national tax dodgers like Google, Facebook and Apple.

Expressions of hatred

US R&B singer Chris Brown was convicted of assaulting his partner, Rihanna, in February 2009.

OPINION: Hate, no less than love, seeks outward expression. The observation is neither new nor profound, but it's true.

CEO salaries: Measure performance rigorously

Fonterra boss Theo Spierings at Fonterra's results briefing in August in Auckland.

EDITORIAL: News that Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings requested his salary be frozen has given rise to a fairly predictable discussion.

When a home becomes a museum

An artist's impression of the new Ravenscar House planned for Rolleston Ave in Christchurch. The architect is Andrew Patterson.

Jim and Susan Wakefield are working with Canterbury Museum to turn their home into a musuem. She explains why.

Science needs funding certainty to excel

AgResearch at Ruakura in Hamilton - about 80 jobs are expected to go in a country-wide restructure.

OPINION: It's easy to get your nose out of joint when the flavour of the day (pandas, flags) gets more funding than essential and important science, as SARAH-JANE O-CONNOR explains.

A charitable legacy for us all

Businessman Neil Graham, who died this week, leaves a philanthropic legacy all of us can follow.

Neil Graham was a bit embarrassed last Saturday night when a crowd at the Christchurch City Council offices rose to give him a standing ovation.

'Heroism' comes in many forms

Beck Eleven

Beck Eleven is adding "part-time hero" to her CV after helping a friend trapped in a cupboard.

Figures show rebuild racing away

Work continues as the light fades on Antony Gough's Terrace development in central Christchurch.

Statistics New Zealand's latest non-residential consent figures show the Christchurch rebuild is racing ahead.

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