What it's really like to be poor

OPINION: There are some eye-opening observations in a social justice report recently completed in Timaru.

Time to look at options

OPINION: There is a hefty dose of realism in Aoraki Polytechnic's announcement that it is looking to "form a new entity" with CPIT.

Restored faith in programme

OPINION: I have always been sceptical about the Mackenzie Country black stilt recovery programme.

Terror or terrorism, it doesn't matter

OPINION: What to think of the Sydney siege?

Why we need spy laws

OPINION: A Timaru court case last week shows just why agencies should be allowed to spy on ordinary citizens.

Court outcome damning for SFO

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.

Are we overlooking penguin opportunity?

OPINION: I'm swimming against the tide here, but I'd be interested to know what you think.

Forecast real test of resilience

OPINION: The farming adage of making hay while the sun shines will never have seemed more apt than it did yesterday.

Pub smoking ban was one more nail

OPINION: It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since smoking was banned in pubs. Ten years today, actually.

Nothing to see here, or is there?

OPINION: The privacy commissioner is to question councils on how they collect and store CCTV footage.

Time to ditch carrots for stick

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.

Removing patient tag works wonders

OPINION: You go into a rest home, looking forward to being waited on hand and foot. You deserve that, right.

Education not what it used to be

OPINION: When I went to school the most significant thing I crafted was a skinny wooden bird on a stand.

Poverty message we'd rather not hear

OPINION: Nadine Lucas is "flabbergasted at the number of people who need help".

Still place for speed-limit give and take

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.

Bouncers still have their place in cricket

Cricket is one of the few sports where a legitimate tactic is to aim at the head of an opposing player.

Meaning of feminism eludes Upston

OPINION: An interview with Louise Upston, who took over the role of minister for women in October, is a bafflement of contradictions and confusion.

Setting camping bylaw the easy bit

OPINION: What is the tourism-rich Mackenzie up to? Trying to kill the golden goose?

We can still be giga-world rock stars

OPINION: Well, we're not Gigatown. All the hype, all the effort, all the money, all that time . . . for what?

Property values and my rates, the basics

Today we're going to talk about property valuations and the impact on your rates.

A good news story, with a niggle

The confirmation yesterday of a further $400 million investment at the Glenavy dairy factory is obviously good news.

Bags not judge the Halbergs this year

There are about 4.5 million of us Kiwis. That's like, a suburb of New York or London or Tokyo.

How far will they go?

OPINION: It's heartening that people are outraged to learn some employers are docking workers' pay to cover the cost of stolen goods.

Law for your own good

We've devoted a lot of space to the new drink drive limits in today's edition. They are a talking point around town.

Time for specifics

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.

Double-edged sword in decile ratings

The rise in decile ratings for South Canterbury schools represent a double-edged sword.

Challenges for new Labour leader

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.

Public to help on gang issue

OPINION: Our report on Saturday warning of gangs becoming more active in Timaru prompted some pretty emotive responses from readers.

Drills a worthwhile exercise

It's good to see our local high schools adopting the "be prepared" principle and carrying out lockdown drills.

The world of 3D printing hits town

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.

There has to be a limit

OPINION: A couple of tourist-related stories jump out of yesterday's paper.

Wellington flights won't be the same

OPINION: We're moving on, albeit in March 2016, and the change is being touted as a win for Timaru.

Cuts to solar power buy-backs

timaru solar panels

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.

TPPA protest march makes point

trans-pacific partnership agreement

The organisers of Saturday's march in Timaru against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement expected 100 people to turn up.

Furore over withdrawn charge

Phil rudd

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.

Two sides to dairying perceptions

OPINION: What a sensible column from DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle in Wednesday's paper.

Time to move on

Pike River

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.

Time will tell on legal high argument

Legal high

OPINION: So Timaru is apparently one of the best towns in New Zealand when it comes to managing the sale of psychoactive substances.

UK migration idea double-edged

Union Jack

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.

Wind and fireworks not a good mix

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.

Decision predictable, suspicion lingers

Roast Busters

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.

Commitment to skills saves lives


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.

Piece missing from many circles

bayli elliot

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.

Don't be fooled, flu jabs are worth it

Needle, injection, blood test, medical, immunisation, innoculation

OPINION: If you have been smitten with the flu you have a god-given right to complain.

Well-intentioned idea doesn't stack up

An unofficial sober driver service sounds, on the face of it, like a good idea.

People come hither

Wool scouring

OPINION: What a great couple of business stories this week, even if both may take a while to kick off.

Subdivision plan sparks interest


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.

Pistorius reaction surprising

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

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.

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