Downgrading water standards gives false hope

Muddling the waters: Environment Minister Nick Smith before a 2016 dip in the Manawatu River, which has been described ...

OPINION: Our Government is slowly contaminating our freshwater supplies through a combination of neglect and thoughtless economic strategy.

An inaccessible city

Mike Yardley is sceptical that major changes to Christchurch's Durham St will create "improved traffic flow".

OPINION: Utterly unforgiving lanes, painful parking spots, and more road closures. Welcome to Christchurch.

Labour's future has one name

Younger blood - like new Mt Albert MP Jacinda Ardern - is needed for the top of the Labour party, Chris Trotter says.

OPINION: If Andrew Little doesn't promote Jacinda Arden to deputy-leader, then he's a fool, writes Chris Trotter.

Immigrant bashing not based on facts

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse poses for pictures with newly arrived refugees at the Mangere Refugee ...

OPINION: Baseless assertions about the effects of immigration are distorting our political debate

Uncertain future of Civil Defence

Police control a cordon on Hoon Hay Valley Rd during the Port Hills fires. Does the emergency response offer lessons for ...

Could a fire services merger go further to see a new model which takes over Civil Defence?

Silly news for when the world seems too serious

French artist Abraham Poincheval poses inside his artwork Pierre ("Stone") in Paris, France, February 2, 2017 as he ...

OPINION: Do you ever feel like you're drowning in serious news? Relief is at hand.

Enjoying the Boss, remembering loss

Bruce Springsteen looks at a sea of signs at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

A week of memorials and rock and roll therapy.

The dark arts of setting public service salaries

SATIRE: We grill a spokesperson for the NZ Super Fund board about how they settled on more than $1million for its CEO.

Editorial: Cleaning up our waterways takes a village

The Selwyn River at Coes Ford in Canterbury is running dry, but may still be 'swimmable'.

Editorial: Cleaning up rivers and lakes is simply the right thing to do.

Cadbury needs a cad like Trump

The Cadbury factory is a Dunedin institution.

OPINION: What would Donald Trump say about Cadbury planning to shut its doors in Dunedin?

'Swimmable' loses all meaning video

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

Chamberlains Ford is all but withered into a puddle, filled with slime. But its swimming quality is marked as "good".

My mum goes to war with Wilson Parking

Wilson Parking has taken over many empty lots in Christchurch's central city.

OPINION: Even the most reasonable, level-headed people can be reduced to a hot ranting mess by parking tickets.

Saving access to sport TV

Sky TV's proposed merger with Vodafone NZ has been torpedoed by the country's competition watchdog.

NZers' all-consuming love of sport is at the heart of the Commerce Commission's decision to reject a merger between Sky and Vodafone.

Making sure we get the regreening of the Port Hills right

A seeding trial site at Mt Cook station just after fire in 2008.

OPINION: Before too many spades slice the soil or seed is sown, we need forethought and planning to get replanting the Port Hills right.

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.

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