Subdivision plan sparks wider interest


Allow the subdivision, don't allow the subdivision? Never an easy question.

Pistorius reaction surprising

OPINION: The most surprising aspect of the Oscar Pistorius sentencing is the acceptance of it from Reeva Steenkamp's family.

Turtles face plastic danger


OPINION: Turtle populations are under threat from a common day item - the plastic bag.

Time to retire 'knock-off' flag

nz flag proposal

OPINION: The PM has a new national standard on his mind: a redesigned New Zealand flag.

Don't panic, but Ebola's pretty scary

OPINION: In New Zealand we'd expect to be better able to manage Ebola than most other countries, but there are no guarantees.

Unpopular, but wharf move is right

timaru port wharf no 2

OPINION: The decision to ban fishing at a popular spot in Timaru makes sense.

The huge cost of car crashes

OPINION: Cath Moore's story in The Timaru Herald illustrates the devastating long-term effects a head-on collision can have.

Not such a stunning overture

OPINION: "Catholic Church makes stunning overture toward gays," read the headline. Or variations on that theme.

This is today's biggest story?

Chocolate milk shakes up news agenda


OPINION: How can chocolate milk dominate the national news agenda for the best part of a day?

Call centre frustration

call centre

OPINION: I sat down at the computer on Saturday afternoon to complete the task of writing this column.

Not even close to case of the century

robert white, edward sullivan, lachie mcleod

OPINION: What for years has been touted as New Zealand's largest fraud trial has turned out to be a fizzer.

Slap in the face for SFO


OPINION: The judgment in the South Canterbury Finance fraud trial is a shock. For the Serious Fraud Office it amounts to a serious slap in the face.

Only fair to name food culprits

Foodstuffs Christchurch

OPINION: It would seem reasonable, wouldn't it, that we should know by now what food is carrying the yersinia bacteria?

Little blues trip instinct to protect

little blue penguins

OPINION: Timaru's burgeoning penguin colony is a privilege, but also a responsibility, and it's clearly going to need some protection from overzealous visitors.

Coming to terms with reality

miley cyrus

OPINION: ACT Party donor and Auckland mother of two Danyel Southwark is yet to come to terms with the election result ...

A whole lot of want in our trolleys


OPINION: For the South Canterbury folk who took part in the Living Below the Line challenge last week, the weekend must have offered a veritable smorgasbord of taste sensations.

Being gay will make difference

Grant Robertson

OPINION: There have been some direct and less than direct inferences on this page in the last week on the gaiety of Grant Robertson and whether that would impact on his chances of being elected leader of the Labour Party.

Digital photographs dangerous things

It sounds like it started off as something innocent enough, and then got wildly out of control.

Come on, those figures can't be right


OPINION: As a born and bred Timaruvian I'm always interested in what others have to say about OUR district.

Some warning signs for dairy industry

Dairy cows.

OPINION: Of course, dairy farms need to make a profit, but looking after workers should be paramount.

Baby made to order, but whose order?

A baby

OPINION: The country's first "made-to-order" baby is in gestation. Scary stuff? You bet. Morally suspect? Not so sure.

Cold coffees not half of it

electricity 300

OPINION: Oh my, we do like to hate on Auckland, don't we?

Crunch time for sports

rugby ball generic

OPINION: If sporting clubs don't start to do some longer term thinking, they are going to shrivel and die.

Clean water will take time

River water quality

OPINION: When I was a kid there was never any question about drinking the water of rivers we swam in (unless one of my brothers was upstream).

Stumbling through defeat

Everyday Housewife Danyel Southwark shares her thoughts on the week past, as relayed by satirist Steve Braunias.

Free things? Love 'em


OPINION: I love getting stuff for free.

Crime drop staggering


OPINION: Notice your letterbox being kicked over less often? Or a shorter than normal police notebook in the Herald? Well, you should.

Password we all know


OPINION: I've decided at the weekend that perhaps it was time to employ a password manager, writes Derek Burrows.

The cost of justice

Judge, court, gavel, justice

OPINION: Asked if rich people get better justice than poor people, eminent defence lawyer Peter Williams QC was quick to say yes.

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