Fish & Game catches on

Generic fishing

OPINION: What's this, Fish & Game departing from the principle where we treat overseas visitors as if they were locals?

Book is not going away

Nick Fowler

OPINION: It was telling that before the contents of Dirty Politics were known, John Key was attempting to discredit the author.

Youth need debt lesson


OPINION: No one should be surprised to hear that young men are falling into the trap of easy credit.

Watergate II, or just a smear campaign?

Nicky Hager

OPINION: Perceptions and personalities matter more than policies to many people.

Facing the music, but ...

man headphones

OPINION: There's an appearance of disinterest from those closest to the issue of music piracy in New Zealand.

What chance these crims?


OPINION: What's this, nine-year-old criminals, in Timaru?

Online post too much

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Rangitata's Labour Party candidate Steve Gibson went too far in his Facebook criticism of Prime Minister John Key.

Good things happening


People all around South Canterbury are doing their bit to make a difference in their community.

Talking up our town

tom anderson

Tom Anderson's speech today is worth a read. It leaves you with the warm fuzzies.

Getting a tad excited about Gigatown

gigatown timaru

The more that businesses realise what faster broadband will do for their productivity, the keener they become.

Not in the right spirit

Father Christmas

OPINION: Targeting Father Christmas and all the district's kiddies just comes across as mean spirited.

Can the sale be stopped?

Lochinver Station

OPINION: Land sales to foreigners is always a contentious subject, particularly when the piece of land in question is a big one.

A time to remember

Poppy flower WWI

OPINION: I'm sure the scheduling of the Commonwealth Games, to virtually run into the day that marked the centenary of the start of World War I, was no coincidence.

Our people who left


OPINION: A century ago today, life as we knew it in New Zealand changed forever when Britain declared it was at war with Germany.

Potential for distraction

John Banks

OPINION: So it's bye-bye Banksy ... Or is it?

Perspective on a number

Valerie Adams in the Commonwealth Games

OPINION: I think the excitement around the fact NZ won its 600th Commonwealth Games medal yesterday was a little out of proportion to the achievement.

System must be sorted

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce

OPINION: Just when you thought it had all gone away ... this.

Silver lining for Walsh

Tom Walsh

OPINION: Sure, it is disappointing that Tom Walsh failed to win gold at the Commonwealth Games yesterday, but he did win a silver medal.

Hard work reaps gold

Shane Archbold

OPINION: Shane Archbold deserves his moment in the sun for his historic gold medal-winning feat yesterday morning.

Proud to call her our own

christine burke lakpa sherpa

OPINION: In Timaru, we like to think we punch above our weight, and proudly claim as our own any high achievers who have called this town home.

It's good to be happy

Phareel Williams

OPINION: If you look up Pharrell Williams' huge hit Happy on Youtube, you'll discover a smorgasbord of video variations on a theme.

What's in a photograph?

John Key

OPINION: I've been trying desperately to remember if I've ever seen the leader of another country on the front page of a publication with members of that country's leading sports team.

Hydroslide's bumpy ride

timaru hydroslide century pool

OPINION: The bizarre case of the returning hydroslide really is one of those scenarios where truth is stranger than fiction.

Family break no mistake

David Cunliffe

OPINION: Work-life balance. It's an interesting concept, and depending who you speak to, an important one for us all to be able to achieve.

Tragedy hits home

Mary Menke

OPINION: The outrage and the anguish just got a whole lot closer to home.

Adding to the grief

mh17 strap - child's toy

OPINION: Is there to be no dignity in death for the passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?

The cost of country living

OPINION: City dwellers rarely now think about the speed of their internet connection.

Interesting rugby times

rugby ball generic

OPINION: South Canterbury Rugby Union has are some passionate followers who have presented challenging situations for officials.

Bus service challenge

Timaru bus

OPINION: When you see a bus whiz by in Timaru you think, how on earth can that be making money?

The issue is balance

dairy cow

We can be an intolerant lot at times. Complain, complain, complain.

The Cup, by the numbers

Fifa Football World Cup Trophy

OPINION: Apparently one billion people around the world watched the World Cup final live.

So what? Who cares?

Ian Thorpe

There used to be a test of newsworthiness that was taped to many a journalist's computer screen.

Testing your limits

Scott Donaldson

OPINION: I probably admire Scott Donaldson more for his decision to call off his 2000km journey 80km short than I would have had he made it.

Good things in the news

gigatown timaru

OPINION: There's a growing realisation that the Gigatown competition being run nationally could provide significant benefits for Timaru.

Church bears triple shame

pope francis apologises for catholic church sex abuse scandal

OPINION: There is double and even triple shame in the Catholic Church's involvement in child sex.

Citing from the sidelines

rugby ball generic

What an interesting situation. A spectator at a South Canterbury rugby match citing a player.

Booze battle continues


OPINION: The tougher stance being taken on intoxicated people in Timaru pubs is a good thing.

Message undermined

David Cunliffe

OPINION: If ever we needed proof that politics is all about personality instead of policy, we got it.

Bad taste to chef's case

Fijian chef Ravindra Naidu

OPINION: You have to feel for Fijian chef Ravindra Naidu.

Why reinvent the wheel?

domestic abuse

OPINION: Women's Refuge could read National's just-announced policies on domestic abuse as a slap in the face.

We've been cheated

rolf harris

OPINION: How much, though, should Rolf Harris and Lou Vincent's falls from grace affect us personally?

Return the diplomat


OPINION: The Malaysian diplomat charged with assault with intent to rape should be returned to New Zealand to face the music.

Problem has silver lining

no vacancy

OPINION: There is good and bad news in Timaru having to hang out its "town full" sign more often.

Policies need to be clear

lucan battison

OPINION: There is a lesson for school boards of trustees in the High Court ruling over student Lucan Battison's hair, and it's a worthwhile one.

Woohoo to the port


OPINION: If we're honest, most of us probably undervalue the worth of the port to the district.

Luis, Luis, no biting

Luis Suarez Diego Godin

OPINION: Between mouthfuls, Luis Suarez is quite a good footballer. Actually, a very good footballer.

Be prepared to speak up


OPINION: It is admirable that local Maori want to protect marine stocks around the Timaru coastline.

Harsh lesson in sign saga

Wallet, cash

OPINION: So, here's the thing. A group of school kids takes on a community project to put up a road safety sign.

Hairy case indeed

Lucan Battison

OPINION: The stand-out thing in the case of the suspended Hastings student isn't the length of his hair.

Yet another diversion

David Cunliffe

OPINION: As far as transgressions go this was not a biggie, yet politics is all about perceptions.

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