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.
OPINION: Cath Moore's story in The Timaru Herald illustrates the devastating long-term effects a head-on collision can have.
OPINION: "Catholic Church makes stunning overture toward gays," read the headline. Or variations on that theme.
Chocolate milk shakes up news agenda
OPINION: How can chocolate milk dominate the national news agenda for the best part of a day?
OPINION: What to think about dairy sheds, as featured on the front page and online on Tuesday?
OPINION: What for years has been touted as New Zealand's largest fraud trial has turned out to be a fizzer.
OPINION: It would seem reasonable, wouldn't it, that we should know by now what food is carrying the yersinia bacteria?
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.
It sounds like it started off as something innocent enough, and then got wildly out of control.
OPINION: As a born and bred Timaruvian I'm always interested in what others have to say about OUR district.
OPINION: Of course, dairy farms need to make a profit, but looking after workers should be paramount.
OPINION: The country's first "made-to-order" baby is in gestation. Scary stuff? You bet. Morally suspect? Not so sure.
OPINION: Oh my, we do like to hate on Auckland, don't we?
OPINION: If sporting clubs don't start to do some longer term thinking, they are going to shrivel and die.
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).
OPINION: Notice your letterbox being kicked over less often? Or a shorter than normal police notebook in the Herald? Well, you should.
OPINION: Asked if rich people get better justice than poor people, eminent defence lawyer Peter Williams QC was quick to say yes.
OPINION: This 1080 poison warning in fish is quite a big deal. Even if the Conservation Department is trying to play it down.
So, the Labour Party is in the market for a new leader.
OPINION: Out story on the front page today would have to get many of us thinking.
OPINION: A common theme emerged in two quite different stories this week. And the theme was, a shortage of people.
OPINION: A coroner's finding usually brings closure in cases of unexpected deaths, but not in the case of Dale Bellaney.
OPINION: South Canterbury's Anniversary Weekend had the usual array of sporting fixtures, but a closer look shows something special was going on.
OPINION: So that's that then. National's in government for a third term and Labour has recorded its lowest result since 1992.
OPINION: What were the National Party's policies again?
OPINION: There's sympathy for each side in the case of a Temuka man sentenced to 100 hours' community service for selling sports fish, namely salmon.
OPINION: Oh the bliss if your political beliefs are so ingrained that your vote tomorrow is a no brainer.
OPINION: Step 1. Make the gigatown finals. Tick. Step 2. Win the finals. Pending.
OPINION: Workable coalitions are unclear, parties with some good policies and people also have bad ones.
OPINION: The man behind the Rangitata South Irrigation Scheme is a doer, not a talker. He doesn't go looking for pats on the back.
OPINION: We have a small window of opportunity to raise awareness of the potential hazards of using sky lanterns.
OPINION: I called back page 1 of the Herald on Tuesday night, for a spot of breaking news.
OPINION: Politicians don't answer questions because they don't know the answer; they don't like the true answer; or they don't want to be held to the answer.
OPINION: Oh, the delicious irony of it. People trying to have a perve at nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence bring New Zealand's internet to its knees.
OPINION: It would be a shame if a way can't be found for the Targa Rally competitors to experience a spin around Levels Raceway.
OPINION: How easy is it for you to believe that four years have already passed since the September 4 quake that changed a city forever?
OPINION: There are times when it seems quite easy to think of conflict being far removed from us - though this week we've plainly been affected.
What a difference a couple of months can make in motor racing.
OPINION: Our front page today is given over to the tragedy that unfolded yesterday in Ashburton.
OPINION: There is a quote - or misquote - that has never seemed so apt, or so understated, right now.
OPINION: New Zealand used to be a world leader in voter participation at general elections, but no more.
OPINION: Easier access to firearms means more tragedies. Period.