OPINION: There are some eye-opening observations in a social justice report recently completed in Timaru.
OPINION: There is a hefty dose of realism in Aoraki Polytechnic's announcement that it is looking to "form a new entity" with CPIT.
OPINION: I have always been sceptical about the Mackenzie Country black stilt recovery programme.
OPINION: What to think of the Sydney siege?
OPINION: A Timaru court case last week shows just why agencies should be allowed to spy on ordinary citizens.
OPINION: The largest fraud trial in New Zealand's history and one person is sentenced to 12 months' home detention and 400 hours' community service. No reparation is sought.
OPINION: I'm swimming against the tide here, but I'd be interested to know what you think.
OPINION: The farming adage of making hay while the sun shines will never have seemed more apt than it did yesterday.
OPINION: It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since smoking was banned in pubs. Ten years today, actually.
OPINION: The privacy commissioner is to question councils on how they collect and store CCTV footage.
OPINION: Timaru is recording more than 12 times the number of air quality breaches allowed, with just over a year to go to clean up our air.
OPINION: You go into a rest home, looking forward to being waited on hand and foot. You deserve that, right.
OPINION: When I went to school the most significant thing I crafted was a skinny wooden bird on a stand.
OPINION: Nadine Lucas is "flabbergasted at the number of people who need help".
OPINION: When police Assistant Commissioner Dave Cliff last week said police were removing any tolerance to the speeding limit, it sounded like he was lowering it.
Cricket is one of the few sports where a legitimate tactic is to aim at the head of an opposing player.
OPINION: An interview with Louise Upston, who took over the role of minister for women in October, is a bafflement of contradictions and confusion.
OPINION: What is the tourism-rich Mackenzie up to? Trying to kill the golden goose?
OPINION: Well, we're not Gigatown. All the hype, all the effort, all the money, all that time . . . for what?
Today we're going to talk about property valuations and the impact on your rates.
The confirmation yesterday of a further $400 million investment at the Glenavy dairy factory is obviously good news.
There are about 4.5 million of us Kiwis. That's like, a suburb of New York or London or Tokyo.
OPINION: It's heartening that people are outraged to learn some employers are docking workers' pay to cover the cost of stolen goods.
We've devoted a lot of space to the new drink drive limits in today's edition. They are a talking point around town.
OPINION: That changes are required in our rules allowing overseas tourists to drive here is no better illustrated than in the coroner's findings into Grant Roberts' death.
The rise in decile ratings for South Canterbury schools represent a double-edged sword.
The challenge is all before Andrew Little. And it's a significant one for the new leader of the Labour Party. There are a number of reasons why.
OPINION: Our report on Saturday warning of gangs becoming more active in Timaru prompted some pretty emotive responses from readers.
It's good to see our local high schools adopting the "be prepared" principle and carrying out lockdown drills.
OPINION: Sitting on my desk for the last day or so has been a miniature green hashtag, made of plastic. Made, as it happens, by a 3D printer.
OPINION: A couple of tourist-related stories jump out of yesterday's paper.
OPINION: We're moving on, albeit in March 2016, and the change is being touted as a win for Timaru.
OPINION: On the surface, it seemed unfair that Meridian and Contact Energy were cutting their buy-back rates from customers generating their own solar power.
The organisers of Saturday's march in Timaru against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement expected 100 people to turn up.
OPINION: What a great story: a famous musician - living for some reason in Tauranga - is arrested and charged with the headline-grabbing offence of attempting to procure the murder of two people.
OPINION: What a sensible column from DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle in Wednesday's paper.
OPINION: Sitting on the opposite coast it is easy to see the logic of Solid Energy's decision not to re-enter Pike River mine.
OPINION: So Timaru is apparently one of the best towns in New Zealand when it comes to managing the sale of psychoactive substances.
OPINION: The timing is a little off, but a report suggesting Kiwis and Aussies should have easier access to the United Kingdom is, on the surface, good news.
OPINION: Wind and fire are the worst possible combination, so spare a thought for the firefighters who have been tackling blazes near Dunedin and in Governor's Bay, near Christchurch.
OPINION: In all honesty, I'm not surprised a lengthy investigation into the so-called Roast Busters case has ended with a police decision not to lay charges.
OPINION: It was empowering to realise that, in an emergency situation, I would be equipped to do something that might just contribute to saving a life.
OPINION: It will be months, or longer, before we know exactly what happened to Bayli Elliot, who died in Timaru in the early hours of Monday morning.
OPINION: If you have been smitten with the flu you have a god-given right to complain.
An unofficial sober driver service sounds, on the face of it, like a good idea.
OPINION: What a great couple of business stories this week, even if both may take a while to kick off.
OPINION: "Once rural land is lost of urbanisation, there is no going back" - that's the warning from one submitter to a hearing committee examining a subdivision proposal.
OPINION: The most surprising aspect of the Oscar Pistorius sentencing is the acceptance of it from Reeva Steenkamp's family.
OPINION: In New Zealand we'd expect to be better able to manage Ebola than most other countries, but there are no guarantees.
OPINION: The decision to ban fishing at a popular spot in Timaru makes sense.