Opinion

Empathy on the endangered list?

US President Donald Trump about to hug malevolent House Speaker Paul Ryan, after the House of Representatives approved ...

OPINION: Are we in danger of seeing the extinction of empathy in our lifetime?

Flights, shipping affected by fog

Fog blanketed Timaru on Wednesday morning, delaying flights and shipping movements.

Fog has impacted Timaru flights and shipping movements for the second time in three days.

Time for tourists to pay up

Southland District Council Stewart Island councillor Bruce Ford, who first proposed a tourist levy for Stewart Island in ...

OPINION: NZ mayors are desperate for government financial help to cope with freedom campers, but ratepayers are footing the bill.

Medical history by accident

I used to think there was no sweet treat that could defeat me.

OPINION: I think I may have made medical history.

A conundrum that's a scone-scratcher

What you call these tasty treats may say something about you, although exactly what it might be is not clear.

 Today we're going to talk about scones.

Immigration's tired tune

NZ First Party leader Winston Peters' recent run-in with a pair of "immigrant" journalists has set columnist Grant ...

Three Dog Night's hit song was reprised as Grant Shimmin considered the furore over a Winston Peters press release.

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 ..."

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