OPINION: I was shocked at what a bomb site the CBD still appears to be on my first post-quake visit.
OPINION: Shane Taurima would have been the country's most senior Maori broadcaster, but this is all history.
OPINION: I can't help wondering what Waitangi Day might mean to our kids. At the moment, it means a day off school.
OPINION: Since the new year I have attended three whanau-oriented hui and I made sure I took at least one of my kids to each of them.
OPINION: It is simply not an option to turn the clock back and create some steampunk fantasy world.
I thought I might just take some time to consider some of the Maori-related moments that have made their mark during 2013.
OPINION: I have been left wondering if other countries have turned the memorial service for Nelson Mandela into a circus or is it just us?
OPINION: Are councillors the best people to oversee $2.5b in assets if they have no previous governance experience?
OPINION: Much high-level protest about animals is driven by how attractiveness it is.
OPINION: Surely much can be learnt from recent government policy adopted to reduce tobacco consumption.
OPINION: Teenage boys of a certain character are prepared to use violence and exploitation to dominate and shame women. It excites them and is condoned by certain forms of degrading media. This is where the problem really requires action.
OPINION: I have been watching the evolution of the monorail project over the years and have, at different times, been hot, cold and now warm to the idea.
OPINION: With X-Factor scoring about twice as many votes as local elections, it is no wonder the government is looking at alternative voting.
OPINION: I am allowed to see pictures of Rihanna semi-clad, but I am not allowed to know that my daughter may be living with a murderer.
OPINION: Things are looking pretty rosy for Ngai Tahu.
OPINION: I do feel for Team New Zealand, but the general public need to get over themselves.
OPINION: The words kapa haka literally mean a haka group. The term is now applied to the genre of Maori performing arts in general where bands of men and women perform on stage in competition against each other.
OPINION: It surprised me how shaken I was after a near-miss between my daughter and a ute.
OPINION: After Nike's U-turn on tights with traditional tattoo designs, I am left wondering where the line is drawn when it comes to cultural property rights.
OPINION: Our childhood leisure time was significantly different to the way our kids spend their playtime.