Seeing my new home for the first time

A sunrise Lewis Taylor's boarding house.

It was a sleepy afternoon at Christchurch Airport.

Taking a canal on Capone's boat

Vessels large and small take advantage of the canal passage. Here a small yacht is dwarfed by a large freighter as they ...

 I've just returned from an overseas trip and I didn't attempt to smuggle illicit substances into the countries I visited.

Recognising the value of the vital

Teaching is on one of those highly skilled roles vital to our society which I believe are undervalued.

It seems to me that as a species we have a real problem in assigning value appropriately.

Is a Sunday without shopping so hard?

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick, McLeods Booksellers' Michael Byrne and MP Todd McClay in celebratory mood ahead of the ...

It's a gripe of mine that comes around as regularly as Easter.

Kids pay price for our stupidity

Grantlea Downs primary school has defended its decision to prevent the HPV vaccine being given to pupils on school grounds.

OPINION: Truth was abandoned as a Timaru school revealed it was withdrawing from an immunisation programme.

A regret only now fully realised

I was never going to be like global superstar Lang Lang, but I regret not at least learning to read music properly.

It took 42 years, give or take a couple of months, for my Dad's prediction to fully come true.

Masters' beauty is in its drama

Ben Crenshaw's emotions over the death of mentor Harvey Penick finally caught up with him after he sank the winning putt ...

OPINION: Ah, it's April. Thank heavens!

The horse raising a biscuit's profile

A mud-splattered Opie Bosson aboard Gingernuts, after winning the Rosehill Guineas in Sydney on March 18.

Kiwi horse named after biscuit popular in smoko rooms is favourite for major Aussie race.

A rockin' good time in Timaru

Rebecca Smith of Timaru at the Hospice Rock & Hop held at Caroline Bay this month.

"You wanna hit the portaloos early," Ali says dryly.

Animal magnetism the cross we bear

Not helpful. Loki and his mate, Moo, on my car as I left the house for work one morning this week. Unlike our other ...

The wounds are slowly healing. The latest ones, that is.

Immensely IMPressed, despite IMPlosion

A group of Lincoln City fans, with an imitation FA Cup, outside the Emirates Stadium before Sunday's quarter-final ...

It always looked like Mission IMPossible – and so it proved.

Contemplating treachery, out of desperation

Arsenal fans hold up a banner calling for manager Arsene Wenger to resign after this week's UEFA Champions League match ...

The question was a variation on one levelled at me regularly over 16 years.

You can't have my Thursday nights too

Eto Nabuli scores one of his three tries in a losing cause against the Force on Thursday night.

OPINION: Hey, did you see those Reds got done in Perth on Thursday night, despite Eto Nabuli scoring a hat-trick of tries?

My plan to move the goalposts

Environment Minister Nick Smith announces a plan to make 90 per cent of New Zealand's  waterways swimmable by 2040.

Good morning, everyone.

Joining the latter-day Resistance

Press photographers take pictures of a Madame Tussauds wax effigy of Sophie Scholl,  displayed at Ludwig Maximilian ...

I stumbled across two sobering accounts of wartime heroism that had somehow passed me by this week.

Nothing sweet in closure video

The entrance to the Cadbury factory in Dunedin. Columnist Derek Burrows considers how a brand set to close its Dunedin ...

OPINION: Closing Cadbury's Dunedin factory shows the company couldn't be further from its roots.

Scratching my head over 'pilot whale'

A volunteer waters down a pilot whale stranded on Farewell Spit.

Opinion: If ever there was a classic misnomer, surely it is "pilot whale".

Caught in the weirdness of a 'Ginge-go-round'

Ginge has quickly taken to one of the favoured sleeping spots enjoyed by Stella, who disappeared last year.

OPINION: Have you ever had an experience that seemed, somehow, other-worldly?

America first in first call to NZ

US President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin last week. Columnist Derek Burrows ...

Derek Burrows imagines how the first phone call between US President Donald Trump and Kiwi PM Bill English panned out.

Another great gone too soon

Jonah Lomu is tackled by South African halfback Joost Van der Westhuizen during the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.

True sporting greatness is something that transcends national boundaries.

Fed up that I went to bed

A delighted Roger Federer receives the Australian Open trophy from Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, while a pensive ...

'twas Monday morn, and I was torn ...

My beloved Imps march on

Lincoln City team and staff celebrate in the changing room after the FA Cup third round replay victory over Ipswich Town ...

OPINION: You might be hearing more about Lincoln City.

The 'Trumputin' era's distorted reality

The finger of fate. Donald Trump in full finger-pointing flight

Lies, lies, lies. They confront us at every turn these days.

Summer finally set to shine?

Rain hits Nelson last Friday, as the first of two weather systems "outside the normal range" swept the country

"Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York ..."

Smelling trouble among the roses

What Derek Burrows really smelt out among the roses was trouble.

Opinion: I've just been walking around our garden looking at all my wife's roses.

Shunning my Sunday arvo sandwich

The number staring back up at me from the scale on New Year's Day did indeed prompt an internal cry for help.

It didn't hit me until I was at home, watching something on Sunday TV I can't even remember now.

Songs for the Don

US President-elect Donald Trump at a USA Thank You Tour event in Alabama on Monday.

OPINION: So, another entertainer has decided they really don't want to perform at US President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony at the weekend.

Focusing on the next half-century

South African opening batsman wants Dean Elgar of South Africa raises his bat to his team-mates after reaching his ...

"So, what does it feel like to be (insert appropriate age here)?"

Didn't see 'that' coming

Surprise! Some predictions for 2016 didn't make the mark.

OPINION: This is the time of year when numerous crackpots come out of the woodwork and give us their predictions for the year ahead.

No harm, but good riddance

Jeff Elston in the Timaru Boys' High School archives with Bertie the Biff and the coffin he was consigned to.

Bertie the Biff, Tom Tickle, Oscar; it reads like a slightly macabre roll call of schooldays past.

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