OPINION: Unlike illicit drug use or smoking, drinking alcohol is normal for the vast majority of the adult population. It is here to stay.
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.
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
OPINION: The council's decision to sell a share of the city's assets shows it can face tough decisions without tearing itself apart.
OPINION: The drive to make local government more efficient, and thus better able to deliver services at lower cost, continued yesterday.
OPINION: While many projects are under way, both government and private, the rebuild is patchy. The city urgently needs to attract more investment.
OPINION: The Correction Department's system of temporary releases works reasonably well. Which makes its failure in the case of Phillip John Smith all the more puzzling.
OPINION: While errors by a former director compromised the service's political neutrality, findings of what the service did not do are just as important.
OPINION: Andrew Little must somehow try to find the right policies and try to re-engage with an electorate that has largely stopped listening to Labour.
OPINION: The final communique of the G20 summit meeting at the weekend, calling for support for a climate-change fund, was a clear defeat for Australian PM Tony Abbott.
OPINION: On Monday, the theatre's storied performance history resumes, with a rebuilt and comprehensively restored Isaac Theatre Royal reopening.
OPINION: An air service is as essential as roads and shouldn't be judged on just financials.
OPINION: Phillip John Smith is the sort of person about whom the authorities should have been most suspicious. Instead, their guard appears to have been down at every point.
OPINION: For insurance companies now to complain that proposals to the council's new district plan will cause rebuild delays is a bit rich.
OPINION: No matter what the weather, those who attend festival events can count on excellent mixture of entertainment.
OPINION: This country is, to put it plainly, rationing the provision of essential healthcare.
OPINION: While heartbreaking, It is hard to quarrel with Solid Energy's decision not to re-enter Pike River mine.
OPINION: On the uppermost question of direct military involvement with IS, the Prime Minister ruled out any fighting role for NZ soldiers.
OPINION: The bills many homeowners will receive soon for unpaid excess on earthquake repairs will come as an unpleasant surprise.
OPINION: The Government's list of concerns about the Christchurch City Council's Replacement District Plan is worrying.