It was a sleepy afternoon at Christchurch Airport.
I've just returned from an overseas trip and I didn't attempt to smuggle illicit substances into the countries I visited.
It seems to me that as a species we have a real problem in assigning value appropriately.
It's a gripe of mine that comes around as regularly as Easter.
OPINION: Truth was abandoned as a Timaru school revealed it was withdrawing from an immunisation programme.
It took 42 years, give or take a couple of months, for my Dad's prediction to fully come true.
OPINION: Ah, it's April. Thank heavens!
Kiwi horse named after biscuit popular in smoko rooms is favourite for major Aussie race.
"You wanna hit the portaloos early," Ali says dryly.
The wounds are slowly healing. The latest ones, that is.
It always looked like Mission IMPossible – and so it proved.
The question was a variation on one levelled at me regularly over 16 years.
OPINION: Hey, did you see those Reds got done in Perth on Thursday night, despite Eto Nabuli scoring a hat-trick of tries?
Good morning, everyone.
I stumbled across two sobering accounts of wartime heroism that had somehow passed me by this week.
OPINION: Closing Cadbury's Dunedin factory shows the company couldn't be further from its roots.
Opinion: If ever there was a classic misnomer, surely it is "pilot whale".
OPINION: Have you ever had an experience that seemed, somehow, other-worldly?
Derek Burrows imagines how the first phone call between US President Donald Trump and Kiwi PM Bill English panned out.
True sporting greatness is something that transcends national boundaries.
'twas Monday morn, and I was torn ...
OPINION: You might be hearing more about Lincoln City.
Lies, lies, lies. They confront us at every turn these days.
"Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York ..."
Opinion: I've just been walking around our garden looking at all my wife's roses.
It didn't hit me until I was at home, watching something on Sunday TV I can't even remember now.
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.
"So, what does it feel like to be (insert appropriate age here)?"
OPINION: This is the time of year when numerous crackpots come out of the woodwork and give us their predictions for the year ahead.
Bertie the Biff, Tom Tickle, Oscar; it reads like a slightly macabre roll call of schooldays past.