Time to tell Trump he's fired

Donald Trump preaching to the choir. There's no place for his bigotry in decisions affecting our children's future.

OPINION: A few days ago, a friend and former colleague put a message on Facebook to his American friends.

Jonah's words to Joost prompt a new sadness

All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu died on Wednesday, aged 40.

OPINION: It was one of the first things I thought of when I heard the news.

Lomu remains larger than life

Jonah Lomu is mourned around the world by fans, fellow sporting greats, and media.

OPINION: Stories of Lomu's selflessness show us what we've lost.

Hateful posts compound grief

OPINION: There is nothing more aggravating than reading comments on social media sites from ignorant, rude people.

Restricting myself to 800 words

Melina Vidler, Erik Thomson and Benson Jack Anthony play the Turner family in 800 Words.

OPINION: This is not so much a homage, or a review, as an exercise.

AED campaign pays off

Geraldine High School Principal Simon Coleman with the defibrillator that was used to help save a staff member who suffered a heart attack on Monday.

OPINION: Worth every minute, and every last cent.

Maths on solar panels doesn't add up

Solar panels may save you money, but if you're still tied to the national grid you won't escape all costs.

If I buy 26 apples from you but you sell 28 identical apples, who will be in profit?

Preparedness before resourcefulness

Gary Wilson, the fisherman found alive in Opihi Gorge

OPINION: Be prepared. The old scout motto is one we forget at our peril.

Disbelief in the wake of tragedy

Friends pay tribute to Jordan McKeown after he died from falling off the roof of the arcade.

OPINION: Three scooters sat idle near a wall at the amusement arcade at Caroline Bay.

Not sleeping on the best invention ever

A woman advertising the Bambillo pillow has been pregnant for five months for some time.

OPINION: What's the greatest invention of all time, in your opinion?

Sometimes the right horse wins

Michelle Payne rode Prince Of Penzance to success at the Melbourne Cup.

OPINION: The underdogs claimed victory when jockey Michelle Payne crossed the finish line of the Melbourne Cup on Prince of Penanze.

Overcoming an oval aversion

I've never been a big fan of the scrum

This column is not going to be about the All Blacks and the Rugby World Cup.

A dress-rehearsal looms

A dejected Martin Landajo of Argentina looks on after defeat in the 2015 Rugby World Cup semifinal match against Australia at Twickenham.

How are the nerves, folks? Jangling a little?

Speaking into lull before storm

Richie McCaw is keeping television viewers hooked - until the Rugby World Cup concludes.

We're halfway through a week of posturing and postulating that will ultimately be pointless.

Sad story brews in a coffee cup

Getting to grips with the art of making a good cup of coffee.

As a man of English extraction, I’m quite partial to a good old cup of tea.

Attractiveness causes unwanted advances

Some people seem especially attractive to small insects.

I've got to do something to make myself less attractive.

Maidens on the wane

What will a maiden over be called if we dispense with the word maiden altogether?

OPINION: When I was at school I was always reluctant to reveal my middle name.

Close encounters of the animal kind video

A close encounter with a white rhino ... but not too close.

OPINION: It was about the time I was left suspended somewhere over the Southern Ocean that I lost my giraffe.

'Below the line' monotony

The Bicliffe family members were gobsmacked when their massive chook house was blown over in the wind on Sunday afternoon at Makikihi. It usually takes four people to lift it.

OPINION: Living 'below the line' is possible - but don't expect any variety.

There's no place quite like home

A sign near Johannesburg tells motorists they're entering a crime hotspot.

The sign wasn't actually that big. Had we been two lanes over to the right, I may not have seen it.

Babysitting puts cooking skills to test

"Can’t you see I’m trying to sleep."

You can't turn your back on Timaru for a minute before all sorts of interesting things go off.

Indulgence is not an option

Jogging might be too hard to take up, but walking is about the right level for some people.

New routines are hard to start, writes the Old Chook.

Spare me the buzzing

Mozzie at midnight? Goodbye sleep.

OPINION: It didn’t take too long to reacquaint myself with one of the sounds of my youth.

A lesson in perspective from nature

Were those eyes sending me a message?

All week it's been bubbling away under the surface.

Opportunity knocks

Debbie Doudle, owner of the Paws N' Claws Op Shop in Temuka, that contains many objects of desire for Bob Irvine.

"I'm not ready to play the cripple card just yet."

Japan win 'beyond miraculous'

Ayumu Goromaru of Japan celebrates scoring the second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan.

OPINION: Japan's win against South Africa must surely rank as the biggest upset in sporting history.

Why kill thy fearful symmetry?

Oz growls at the camera in his enclosure at Hamilton Zoo.

OPINION: Hamilton City Council made a blunder by refusing to rule out euthanising Oz.

'Evita' a step up - Letters

12092015 News. John Bisset/FaifaxNZ,  Dress rehearsals for Evita at the Theatre Royal . pictured in centre is Kate Esler playing Eva Peron

The drama league performance of Evita is faultless, a writer says.

Forgiveness, key to moving on?

Hayden Kelly died on a Nelson bridge in 2003 after being struck on the head 25 times.

To forgive does not automatically mean you have to forget.

Motorists ignore sirens - Letters

17/10/2008  photo: Warwick Smith   
St John's Ambulance - details for Feature article. Flashing light (right) and search light.

A reader is disturbed by motorists ignoring the signals of emergency services.

Ad Feedback
special offers