Tahu Potiki

Is a larger world conflict looming?

Russia's President Vladimir Putin

OPINION: Some have dismissed comparisons of Vladimir Putin to Hitler as too provocative, and they may be right, but there are some common factors.

Bite the bullet for Chch

City still needs the country's help to recover

Rangiora flooding

OPINION: Christchurch is doing all it can but it still needs the country's help.

Haphazard in face of death

Tahu Potiki

OPINION: When I once saw someone fall face-first into a fire, I thought it was a party trick.

SA crime rates unimaginable

Oscar Pistorius


OPINION: The fear of South Africa's violence is palpable so it is not surprising to find people shooting at shadows.

Get a grip Phillipstown School

Phillipstown School principal Tony Simpson

OPINION: Trotting your kids out to cry in front of the cameras makes me wince, writes Tahu Potiki.

Presence of Maori growing in dairy

Miraka processing plant

OPINION: The business arms of large Maori incorporations and iwi corporates have grown to participate in a meaningful way in the dairy industry.

Kohanga row a beat-up?

Derek Fox

OPINION: Kohanga Reo trustees may need to reflect on whether they remain the best people for the job.

Shocked how broken city remains

Christchurch CBD

OPINION: I was shocked at what a bomb site the CBD still appears to be on my first post-quake visit.

Shane Taurima has 'stuffed up'

Shane Taurima

OPINION: Shane Taurima would have been the country's most senior Maori broadcaster, but this is all history.

Message of Waitangi Day often lost

Michael Parata-Peiffer

OPINION: I can't help wondering what Waitangi Day might mean to our kids. At the moment, it means a day off school.

Hui help iwi's future leaders

arowhenua hui

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.

We are all culpable for fossil fuel dependence

Deep sea oil drilling protest

OPINION: It is simply not an option to turn the clock back and create some steampunk fantasy world.

Plenty of activity in year for Maori

Parekura Horomia

I thought I might just take some time to consider some of the Maori-related moments that have made their mark during 2013.

NZ's delegation to wake just about spot on

Tahu Potiki

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?

Wrong to reject directors' fees

Tahu Potiki

OPINION: Are councillors the best people to oversee $2.5b in assets if they have no previous governance experience?

What about ugly stick insects?

Dryococelus australis

OPINION: Much high-level protest about animals is driven by how attractiveness it is.

Where are we going with alcohol policies?

Alcohol 200x150

OPINION: Surely much can be learnt from recent government policy adopted to reduce tobacco consumption.

Roast Busters not a new phenomenon

roast busters

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.

Fiordland monorail has merit

Fiordland monorail

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.

E-voting could dumb down elections

voting papers

OPINION: With X-Factor scoring about twice as many votes as local elections, it is no wonder the government is looking at alternative voting.

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