'Live Central' a dead duck

The Avon River, central city, is yet to reach world class urban status.

OPINION: I love the Avon River but selling city living as "3.2km of world class waterfront development" is a bit rich.

Helen Kelly: Keep up the pressure

CTU President Helen Kelly says pressure to improve worker safety has worked in forestry and now the agricultural industry is the target.

OPINION: Workers need a three-pronged approach to improve safety in the workplace.

Editorial: A decades-long recovery ahead

A man cries as he walks on the street while passing through a damaged statue of Lord Buddha a day after an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 26, 2015. Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after the earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,900, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Nepal's recovery from the earthquake on Saturday will take decades. It must aim to make a more resilient country.

Was pony-tail pulling a political act?

Amanda Bailey

Did the Prime Minister pull Amanda Bailey's pony-tail because her "strong political  points of view" conflicted with his own?

Untouched vistas have long gone

Hereweka (Harbour Cone) rises above Otago Peninsula's Hoopers Inlet, known locally as one of the back bays.

A quarry developer needs to be realistic about the impact on the environment while others must recognise that roads to hidden-away places need gravel.

Era of peace and love over

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel

OPINION: The release of the alternate budget has brought an end to council peace and love.

Alcohol locking should be better

Breathalyse 250701 DAd Geert Herder with one of the Alcohol Interlock devices used to stop drink driving repeat offenders.

Alcohol interlocks look like a good idea but the system must be made to work properly.

When sought-after public opinion is ignored

Photo: Ella Brockelsby. Linda Burges and Jane Bowron at We Love TV - Tuesday 19th March 2013. Ponsonby Central, Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Ella Brockelsby

OPINION: Why bother asking citizens to buy into a feel-good share idea scheme and then disregard their suggestions?

Elements of first Anzac Day are still with us

Symbolic poppies of remembrance were not introduced by the RSA until 1922.

OPINION: Elements of the first Anzac Day commemoration in Christchurch match those being held today.

Are cycleways 'excessively optimistic'?

cycling generic

OPINION: Let's move on from the pitched battle of cyclists vs motorists and start talking commuter solutions.

More than 8000 possibilities to watch and not to play

The Australian cricket team celebrates winning the Cricket World Cup, defeating New Zealand in the final last month. The Australian team (with a few exceptions) has now come to exemplify gracelessness in sport.

Left to my own devices, something my wife and friends would probably agree is best avoided, I might well watch televised sport for about 50 per cent of waking hours; such dangerous excesses are possible in retirement. 

PM's ponytail fetish 'silly' gallery video

Rosie cafe worker Amanda Bailey (L) wrote: "The public had a right to be aware of how poorly their Prime Minister had behaved".

OPINION: John Key's ponytail fetish is stupid and weird but not bullying.

Am I a failed feminist?

Cecile Meier

OPINION: I was pretty confident in my feminist status until my husband went away for work this week.

Key pays price for crassness

Prime Minister John Key.

OPINION: The account given by the Auckland waitress of Prime Minister John Key's pulling her ponytail  is wince-inducing in the extreme.

Anzac Day is for remembering all who served

John Masters salutes as the national anthem is sung at the Basin Reserve, Wellington, during a tribute to Vietnam veterans in 2008.

Thousands of Kiwi servicemen faced daily death in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam. Hundreds more risked their lives in peacekeeping and combat support roles around the world.

Editorial: Don't rush provincial chambers

The Provincial Council Buildings on Durham St, Christchurch.

In the immortal words of the cheese advertisement, good things take time.

Hard knock life at the playground

Quinney's Bush playground in the Motupiko.

OPINION: Are politically correct playgrounds turning kids into wimps?

Reality bites for baby boomer smiles


OPINION: A trip to the dentist has Michele A'Court lamenting old-school oral care.

Airports can entice or deter visitors

The control tower at Christchurch International Airport illuminated at night.

Airports are like cities in microcosm. As well as being safe and efficient, the best airports are also attractive.

Property market will work itself out

Christchurch CBD looking up High St towards Cathedral Square.

OPINION: Investor confidence about the Christchurch CBD may have dipped but there is no reason for despondency.

War was hell and hardship, not guts and glory

Sunday Star-Times columnist Rosemary McLeod Byline photo Dinkus Portrait 07/11/2006 70088 SPL AKL This is the property of the Sunday Star-Times

OPINION: It is odd to be linked by memory to a depressing time in history that everyone else is excited about.

Misguided bid to sway budget

Photo - CARYS MONTEATH/The Press
The first Christchurch City Council staff have started moving into the new civic building.
Furniture movers lugged items and about 18 corporate staff were inducted at the Hereford St building.
The group is the first cluster of 1200 staff who will gradually move into the new $113 million building over the next four weeks.

OPINION: The work of finding a budget that will work not be done by playing around with the kind of foolishness from the People's Choice councillors

What were the Anzacs fighting for?

Returned servicemen march under the arch of the Bridge of Remembrance on Anzac Day 1932.

The First World War was a war between rival empires. The "great evil" was Imperialism. And New Zealand's sons were fighting for it – not against it.

British election shaping as a political cliffhanger

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 20:  British Prime Minister David Cameron, gives his key note speech to the Scottish Conservative Party conference on February 20, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. David Cameron expresses relief to conference that Scotland voted against independence in the referendum, as 300 years of history were hanging in the balance.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

OPINION: The British general election shaping as a political cliffhanger, Mike Yardley says.

Propaganda and prestige propel presidential hopefuls

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

OPINION: Do you find US presidential campaigns entertaining? Me too.

50 million reasons to fix stadium

Does it make sense to repair Lancaster Park, previously known as AMI Stadium?

OPINION: Estimates show Lancaster Park can be fixed for about $50m. But what would that mean for Christchurch?

Blunt candour from insurer

An aerial view of Lancaster Park showing the liquefaction that occurred after the February 2011 earthquake.

OPINION: Insurer Civic Assurance and the city council are streets apart on the amount the council can expect to recover for asset damage.

Council must pursue alcohol policy

No drinking sign.

OPINION: The city council needs to stop dithering over notifying Christchurch's provisional Local Alcohol Policy and get on with it.

Close to the family grapevine

Photo: Ella Brockelsby. Linda Burges and Jane Bowron at We Love TV - Tuesday 19th March 2013. Ponsonby Central, Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Ella Brockelsby

OPINION: There’s no guarantee that you and your siblings will keep in touch in later years.

Daddy has two Tri Pillows

PussPuss in the pantry.

OPINION: My boyfriend has moved out and someone must explain it to the cat.

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