Opinion

The great Kiwi flag debate

Do we really need a new flag?

Most Kiwis happy with their lives

The data is out and it reveals Kiwis are a happy bunch. Well most of us.

Bare-faced cheek of pubs

A pint and a paintbrush please, bartender.

OPINION: Punters are lining up for a pint and a paintbrush in London, but will it ever catch on here?

Catering to the needs of Chinese tourists

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Kiwi roadside food is not impressing some of our Chinese tourists, research has found.

Facing up to the reality of miracle creams

Face creams might not be the miracle you're hoping for.

The Old Chook is yet to be convinced about the effectiveness of miracle creams.

A celebration of SC's sporting success

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OPINION: South Canterbury is punching well above its weight in the sporting arena, says sports editor Stu Piddington.

Ignorance a headache for migraine sufferers

Migraines aren't just a bad headache.

OPINION: Warning: This column has some graphic content, so if you're eating, you may want to finish before reading it.

Beneficiaries are the winners

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OPINION: A give and take budget - with beneficiaries coming out winners.

Uncertain time for counselling service

The Relationships Aotearoa office on Beswick St, Timaru

OPINION: Another national non-government agency with a Timaru branch is in the spotlight due to a last-ditch effort to keep its doors open.

An emotional toll as well as costly

Temuka Golf Club greenkeeper Richard Shaw is upset that someone has ruined the grass.

The act of vandalism not only lightens the wallet but can have an emotional cost.

Shift the problem; share the wealth

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OPINION: Sharing the benefits of Auckland's business boom could also help resolve some of our biggest city's problems, Derek Burrows writes.

You say goodbye and I say hello

South Canterbury Regional Editor Sarah Jarvis.

It's an exciting time for the modern newsroom.

The day Fat Bryan came to visit

A cat's life isn't all rats and naps. The risk of intruders mean always being on your guard.

OPINION: Moo the Magnificent deals with the indignity of interlopers, with a little help from the humans.

Clothes maketh me warm

The art of darning.

OPINION: The day might be warm but at night the chilly touch reminds me that winter is just around the corner.

Letters to the editor: May 15

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John Key should be charged with treason for encouraging a flag change, a letter writer says.

Knack of getting among the people

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OPINION: Say what you will about Britain's royal family, but they know how to work a crowd.

Ponytail tug earned rap

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Pulling a little girl's ponytail earned one letter-writer a whack across the knuckles.

Stadium wishes present a challenge

There appears to be some troubled waters when it comes to coaching at the council operated CBay.

OPINION: The Timaru District Council will have welcomed the number of submissions it received to its long term plan.

Letters to editor: May 12

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Have motorists produce their licence if they want to buy petrol, a letter writer suggests.

Meals on wheels not for corporate pockets

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OPINION: Derek Burrows ponders the potential pitfalls of the decision to outsource hospital meal preparation in Dunedin and Invercargill.

Earthquake rules a balancing act

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Setting new earthquake-proofing rules for buildings was always going to be a balancing exercise.

Reasons to celebrate

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The Old Chook muses on birthdays, name days and party planning.

Letters to editor: May 11

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The New Zealand flag debate continues with our letter writers today.

Club merger makes sense

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A merger between the Timaru Town and Country Club and the South Canterbury Returned and Services Association makes sense.

What Grandma hears

Beck Eleven journalist at The Press

OPINION: A couple of weekends ago, I visited the Mother Ship. Timaru. Home of my childhood years and the town where the majority of my extended family remain.

Letters to editor: May 8

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The council responds to a letter writer's inquiry about traffic congestion in Timaru.

Pink-paddled penguin pops in for a visit

The yellow-eyed penguin that made a rare visit to Caroline Bay.

OPINION: It was as foggy as I've ever known it at Caroline Bay on Tuesday, the morning I happened on Pink Paddles.

Flag questions wrong way around

Flag of the future?

The New Zealand flag "campaign" was officially launched this week.

Tax on salt unpalatable

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Tricky, tricky, tricky. A tax on salt to stop us eating so much of it.

Letters to editor: May 5

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A call to ban the sale of coal with a high sulphur content has drawn a suggestion from model engineering enthusiast Hayden Brown.

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