Pollies tweet Christmas cheer

OPINION: JohnKeyPM: Awesome that NZ voted No 1 country to visit. Like most NZers I will spend Xmas hols at beach #HelloHonolulu!

Ups and downs of a doer-upper

Georgina Stylianou

OPINION: Constantly hearing the views of others is mostly helpful, but sometimes it makes you want to live in a tent.

Offering to help beats a hosing

OPINION: At Christmas time, all I want to hear from my boyfriend is "Can I help?" However knocking him down with a hose helped alleviate tension.

The television highlight of 2014

OPINION: Who would have thought four Australians cooking a steak could make an hour of totally riveting, edge-of-seat viewing.

Lifting US 'bloqueo' of Cuba overdue

OPINION: Just as Cold War 2 seems to be kicking off, it is surely time for America to at least sweep away the hidebound attitudes.

Editorial: Let's talk about boozing

OPINION: Unlike illicit drug use or smoking, drinking alcohol is normal for the vast majority of the adult population. It is here to stay.

Do you have charity fatigue?


OPINION: Ready for a moustache-free internet experience, I opened my laptop. Click, click - What the hell is Decembeard?

Shaking up communal spirit

OPINION: I grew up in a commune called Creekside. It was an era of communes. They were all over the place.

Editorial: Lessons from Sydney horror

OPINION: Whatever the events in Martin Place, Sydney, this week turn out to have been there is no doubt it was one that brought stark horror very close to home.

Pain or pleasure?

Christmas shopping 'crazy and stressful'

OPINION: Who loves shopping? If it means battling crowds and Christchurch's ghastly roads to search for something I may not want or need, no thanks.

Summer needs a hurry-up

OPINION: If I knew where to send it, I would write a letter of complaint about this summer.

This man admits guilt?

OPINION: I may be ageing and paunchy but I can still dream.

Editorial: Climate deal remote

OPINION: About the most positive thing that can be said about the climate talks that ended in Peru at the weekend was that they did not end in disarray and collapse

Touchy-feely provision

OPINION: Pop your head into any Canterbury court and you'll find the wheels of justice are grinding ever slower.

Alpine fault drilling 'ambitious'

The audacity of the project to drill through the South Island's most hazardous fault is breathtaking.

The risk is too much talking

OPINION: Resilience is one of those overused buzz words, but what exactly does it mean and why does the Christchurch City Council need a chief resilience officer?

Better as recovery goes on

The results of the latest wellbeing survey conducted CERA may have been predictable as more visible signs of the recovery get under way.

Stopped in my tracks

Wellington's Cuba St was a minefield of religious nutters attempting conversions.

Xmas carols for 2014

OPINION: In the wake of a tumultuous year, ANDREW GUNN has updated the lyrics to some of our favourite festive songs.

Don't call me a woman ...

OPINION: Martin van Beynen uncovers the shocking truth: Women's Affairs Minister Louise Upston is not a "woman".

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Opinion poll

The lower drink-driving limits from December are:

Great - too much carnage on our roads.

Overkill - targets moderate drinkers, not the heavies

Still too little - make it zero tolerance.

Sensible - punishment is in line with lesser breaches of limit.

Vote Result

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