Opinion

'Swimmable' loses all meaning

Chamberlains Ford on Canterbury's Selwyn River, photographed on Wednesday.

ANALYSIS: The Government wants to define the word "swimmable", but many think it means something completely different.

Mourning and joy on anniversary

A hug for super-fan Gill Cross from Bruce Springsteen doubled as a hug for Christchurch.

Six years on from the February 22 earthquake has often been picked as a mid-way mark of the recovery.

Lessons from memorials around the world

Berlin's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, visited by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week, is a ...

Memorials are prone to attracting controversy, writes Steve Meacham as Christchurch's earthquake memorial is unveiled today.

New era of quake memory

Christchurch children throw flowers in the Avon River on February 22, 2016. There is still some demand for the "river of ...

OPINION: Christchurch has a new way of remembering the February 22 earthquake.

Inexorable passage of time

When an acquaintance from many years ago gets in touch, Joe Bennett's thoughts turn to how fast time passes.

Opinion: When old acquaintances remeet, it's a sharp reminder of how time hasn't stood still.

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.

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