OPINION: Here I am again, exactly the same weight as I started last year, feeling like I'm standing at the bottom of Mount Everest looking doubtfully at the peak.
On its surface, the Budget delivered by Finance Minister Bill English yesterday was unflashy and low-key.
OPINION: Struggle Street has emerged as the biggest winner in Bill English's chop-and-change fiscal affair.
OPINION: John Campbell might seem indispensable, but we'll forget him within days. Everyone, especially in the media, is expendable.
OPINION: Alright class, settle down and sit still. Key, you know what I mean.
OPINION: Martin van Beynen says man who took off his turban doesn't deserve such rich praise, and defends his mostly male reading list.
OPINION: Central city living is too lonely – we are moving to the suburbs.
A Missouri man, George Allen Jr, spent more than 30 years in jail for a crime he did not commit. He was set free in 2013 after being exonerated of the rape and murder of a 31-year-old court reporter, Mary Bell, in 1982. He had been serving a 95-year sentence.
Freedom of speech is a fundamental value that has to be defended. It goes hand in hand with tolerance and fairness and decency, writes Tim Pankhurst.
OPINION: It has been a long road, but John Banks has been entirely exonerated of the electoral offences he was accused of.
OPINION: Johnny Moore says it is time to abandon the central city rebuild plan.
Most tourists visit New Zealand to admire the landscape, not its architecture.
OPINION: Michele A'Court wonders why the successful visit of a UK children's author was spoiled by negativity.
The city council needs to concentrate on getting its powers over the city back rather than bickering over representation.
OPINION: How free are we in New Zealand to speak our mind? Dave Armstrong writes that, as a playwright, he is lucky to work in one of the freest countries in the world.
OPINION: David Rutherford asks will our mountains “ever be” freedom of expression’s ramparts on the sea?
OPINION: Recent report on the cost of NZ's dairy industry needs to look further than evidence that suits its needs.
OPINION: Freedom of expression includes the right to say things other people don’t want to hear, writes Joanna Norris.
OPINION: Were birthdays a simple affair when we were younger? Tahu Potiki is sure that they were.
In the absence of basic reforms, tinkering with tax collection is unlikely to do much to change the Auckland property market.
OPINION: Mike Yardley questions whether Christchurch community boards have the "calibre and nous" to take on greater decision-making powers.
The Government's change to the tax rules around property was the least they could do. Indeed, had they done anything less it might have been mistaken for doing nothing at all, writes Chris Trotter.
OPINION: A better city centre is arriving in a shorter timeframe than anyone dreamed was possible.
OPINION: A rebuild timeline which shows 14 out of 19 projects behind is sobering. However an enormous amount of work is underway.
OPINION: Turning people blue is a lucrative business, it seems.
OPINION: TVNZ – the Jetstar of public broadcasting.
OPINION: There comes a time in every girl's life when she has to fly free.
OPINION: Is this the Budget when National finally starts testing the boundaries of its huge election year mandate?
OPINION: It is the season for debates about trivialities.
Ric Stevens remembers the Bradford Disaster of 1995 and how, even 30 years on, such events remain fresh in the mind.