Queen: A Kind of Magic?

Freddy Mercury: Inspirational musical genius? Or just the persuasive dictator of a derivative glam rock band?

OPINION: When Freddie Mercury first strutted onto the stage, he made the entire world listen. But is the band actually any good?

Asbestos' deadly legacy

Elva Halliday is taking construction supplier James Hardie to court over failing to protect her family from asbestos ...

EDITORIAL: Asbestos was once a cheap building material but the cost to lives over the years has been great.

Blue-sky dreams for a big-city arena

The proposal for a multi-purpose arena could include  apartments, hotels, retail, restaurants, cafes, and bars, making ...

OPINION: A new multi-purpose arena in Christchurch would be a long-term win for the city and region.

Mass murder in Manchester

Queen Elizabeth II visits survivors of the Manchester bombing, including Amy Barlow, 12, and her mother Kathy.

OPINION: The Manchester bombing is the worst kind of horror.

Saying no to P with Paula B

 SATIRE: MONDAY: Los Angeles: Negotiations with Eminem's agent break down over Steven Joyce's plan to rap the 2017 Budget to the tune of "The Real Slim Shady".

Who benefits from investment?

Workers learn that Silver Fern Farms has proposed to close the Fairton plant and axe their jobs.

OPINION: Some believe the Overseas Investment Office is not tough enough.

Surviving the Great Plague of 2017

"When I woke up around 3am, it wasn't to fend off annoying cats deciding it should be breakfast time, it was to untwist ...

OPINION: This column is dedicated to everyone who has had or will have the flu this winter.

Cathedral bogged down in bulls...t

Bishop Victoria Matthews in 2012 blessing the site where the Cardboard Cathedral was to sit.

OPINION: Let's bulldoze the pussy footing on the cathedral issue.

Restaurant review: Gatherings, Christchurch

Gatherings restaurant in Christchurch embraces a minimalist chic.

Sustainable, vegetarian, organic and delicious.

'Sometimes we choose the fight and sometimes it chooses us'

UC Associate Professor Billy Osteen and US Congressman John Lewis, renowned Civil Rights activist, in Washington DC in ...

OPINION: A US sabbatical during President Trump's transition gave Dr Billy Osteen insight into how Kiwi young people can make a difference.

Election-year cake with a cherry on top

Finance Minister Steven Joyce speaks during the 2017 budget presentation at Parliament on May 25.

OPINION: Two-billion dollar family incomes package will mean more money in the kitty for more than a million households.

Canterbury's post quake architecture boom

This building at 18 Butler St won an enduring architecture award.

OPINION: Johnny gets to judge awards with a carful of snazzy architects.

'We can wait on Cathedral'

Bishop Victoria Matthews announced earlier this month that the Anglican synod would vote on the future of the Christ ...

OPINION: The decision about the Cathedral in the Square is very important. But there's other issues facing the city, writes the Bishop of Christchurch.

Terrorists are weak

Laying flowers in memory of the victims of the Manchester bombing.

OPINION: Manchester's profoundly civilised response is an act of defiance to the terrorists, who want to sow rage and despair and doubt.

How not to fix issues with street sex workers

Sex workers on Manchester Street in Christchurch.

OPINION: Restrictions on sex work won't decrease numbers and will make the profession more dangerous.

The jaws of justice

US President Donald Trump yearns to be loved, to be admired. Praise is the fuel he runs on, says Joe Bennett. But his ...

OPINION: The ancient gods knew a thing or two about the jaws of justice. Trump's' torture' is proof of that.

Does Labour exclude white men?

A high list placing means that East Coast Labour candidate and commercial lawyer Kiri Allan is guaranteed a place in ...

OPINION: Can only white men understand the real New Zealand?

Time for decisive action

The Christ Church Cathedral has become a symbol of acrimony and inaction.

OPINION: There is surely no greater symbol of despair than the crestfallen ruin of a cathedral in what was once the heart of our city.

How FB solves our crimes

Social media can be used to solve crime but also to facilitate it. In 2015, Tom Filmer's bike was stolen outside the ...

OPINION: It took 20 minutes for the police to take the call. Facebook users solved it in 90.

The risk of National backing the 'cargo-cult' TPPA

New Zealand's Trade Minister Todd McClay is mobbed by reporters at the end of the meeting TPP11 (gathering all ...

OPINION: An alliance against the TPPA would warn the political class that its participation in such absurd cargo cult rituals must end.

Tongan PM targets journalists

Tongan Prime Minister Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva speaks to media at Government House on July 28, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.

OPINION: Tongan PM's attack on public broadcaster is a troubling development.

Govt's data collection push will erode trust

One official falling on his sword is not enough to restore confidence in the Government's personal data collection push, ...

EDITORIAL: One official falling on his sword is not enough to restore confidence in the Government's personal data collection push.

Lolz from the PM's Twitter fed

SATIRE: Hello @everyone Bill English twittering at you.

Charity status is murky

Family First national director Bob McCoskrie thinks his organisation is being punished by the Government.

OPINION: is Family First really being punished for its politics?

The cult, the King and the spaghetti incident

Women dress as "handmaids" from The Handmaid's Tale in Austin, Texas, in March. New Zealand's Gloriavale inspired the look.

OPINION: Gloriavale went global and suicide was in the headlines.

Diary of a stay-at-home dad video

Stay at home dad Michael Thorpe with daughter Leah.

OPINION: A mother's intuition not just for mums – dads can learn it too.

Foreign student fiction

Playing the education game: Foreign student education in New Zealand is based on pretend.

OPINION: Why would you decide to educate your teenagers in a foreign country with a very different language?

A retrial for justice

Susan Burdett in July 1998.

OPINION: Retrying Malcolm Rewa for the murder of Susan Burdett would be a splendid outcome for the cause of justice.

My ideas that have failed to blossom

Columnist Johnny Moore at his Christchurch bar Smash Palace. The intersecting of his lives as a bartender and columnist ...

OPINION: As an esteemed columnist and publican, lots of ideas pass over my bar. Most don't make it further than that. Here's why

The power of planning

The new Sumner library, community centre and museum should be completed in mid-2017, a development welcomed by Darrell ...

STANDFIRST: Sir Bob Parker is a fan of suburban master plans, Mayor Lianne Dalziel isn't. But one was enough to draw a family home.

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