Back country route perils


OPINION: It's not a long way from Nugget Point to the road that leads back to the Southern Scenic Route through the Catlins.

Boiling and steaming break

Kim Dotcom

OPINION: It's not an entirely comfortable week for everyday housewife Harriet Wakefield in Rotorua with her ex-lover.

Don't look - too late, the game's up


OPINION: The snooping agency you really need to worry about is Facebook, writes Derek Burrows.

Crime falls but jail stats still high

jail cell

In 2013, 42 people were sentenced to imprisonment in the Timaru District Court.

A Fairlie relaxing getaway

Mackenzie Rams pies

OPINION: A holiday in Tonga is passed up for a trip home for everyday housewife Danyel Southwark.

Dam fine piece of paradise

 Jarrod Gilbert

OPINION: Everyone takes the piss out of Timaru. Unless you're from Timaru, then Waimate cops it.

Can an extinct bird save a career?

Trevor Mallard

OPINION: Trevor Mallard advocating to bring back the moa will surely be the most bizarre political outburst in the run-up to this year's election.

Good, bad, scary

murray mccully

OPINION: Wellington housewife and Labour Party activist Harriet Wakefield tries to get her life back on track after she leaves her husband for a woman.

Football 1, commentaries 0

amazonia arena

OPINION: Grant Shimmin is considering going cold turkey on the World Cup.

The sad, the shamed and the cronies

Rolf Harris

OPINION: Hot news of the week seems to have been from the law and order department, writes Tim Jackson.

Suarez scuppers prediction

luis suarez

OPINION: Readers will not be surprised to know that I'm avidly following the unfolding of the scintillating football World Cup in Brazil.

Pollution dangers over-rated


OPINION: It's that time of year again; the time when nights are long, toes are cold and publicly funded Environment Canterbury berates us all with messages designed to stop us from burning wood.

Getting by however you can

Donghua Liu

Everyday Housewife Danyel Southwark has fallen on hard times, but is a stranger about to change her luck?

Game lacks video-review

luis suarez

OPINION: For Fifa, video review would also help to remove any whiff of possible corruption ... on the field, at least, writes Grant Shimmin.

Queuing part of British DNA

david cameron

OPINION: A recent poll of social attitudes in Britain revealed that 95 per cent of respondents felt immigrants should speak English.

Cunriffe's Chinese whispers

david cunliffe

OPINION: Everyday housewife Harriet Wakefield listens in as rumours spell a bad week for politician David Cunliffe.

Gen Y: 'All about me'

generation y

OPINION: Most of us have heard of the Y generation, or Gen Y.

Someone's fault, surely?

kew gardens

OPINION: When I was 5 or 6 years old I was running along when I tripped and fell into a bed of stinging nettles.

Let's pass on cheese rolls

cheese rolls

OPINION: Are cheese rolls worth the fuss of claiming ownership, Tim Jackson asks.

Forgotten objects reminders


OPINION: Relics from times past can be hugely evocative. We touch or see items from thousands of years ago and try to imagine what it was like to have been there.

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