OPINION: Timaru businessman Dean Van Buuren opening himself to criticism seeking public support to preserve church.
OPINION: Winston Peters' landslide win in Northland on Saturday is being seen in part as reflective of dissatisfaction in the provinces of the Government.
OPINION: Writing a bad-taste joke on the inside of a pizza box wasn't the brightest of pranks.
OPINION: It's hard to imagine Jeremy Clarkson just fading away - he'd get bored.
OPINION: It is more than a day since the event, but it was so special it still deserves comment.
It happened outside our patch, but the aftermath of a crash involving a tourist driver on the West Coast poses some interesting questions.
OPINION: You'd imagine the rector of St Bede's College in Christchurch would have been more than a little peeved yesterday.
When we head off to work each day, we do so with the reasonable expectation that we will make it home again.
Crikey. Going to Wellington to talk to a room full of politicians. Sounds daunting.
OPINION: A consolidation of meat processing plants would invariably hurt South Canterbury.
OPINION: Complaints over a reduced air travel perk made me chuckle.
OPINION: For many of us, a million dollars would be a life-changing amount.
OPINION: Let's face it, Timaru drivers can be pretty shocking.
OPINION: Your position is clear: 1080 poison is bad because it kills animals indiscriminately.
Northland is set to benefit from whatever the opposite of a perfect storm is. Its components are these:
Finders, keepers; losers, weepers.
Finance Minister Bill English has been given another platform for grandstanding about his budget management.
OPINION: The word "spying" brings with it negative connotations.
OPINION: "What about us?" That was the immediate reaction to the news that the visiting drivers safety programme was being extended.
Achieving a smokefree New Zealand is going to be a case of one step at a time.
There are two words to remember when dealing with digital data: Be careful.
OPINION: The Timaru District Council appears to be taking a step in the right direction regarding future big spending on sports grounds. In this week's annual budget meeting, there were a couple of surprises.
OPINION: A better breakdown of foreign driver crashes is needed to get a clear picture of how best to deal with the issue.
OPINION: Isis may be baiting us all into a war with beheadings, but doing nothing isn't an option.
OPINION: The one thing you can say about the David Bain compensation case is that it has been a mess.
OPINION: So now we're getting to the nitty-gritty to fix Timaru's winter smog problem.
OPINION: Given the cost of food, it is surprising that anyone would throw quite edible stuff in the rubbish.
OPINION: The passing of Celia Lashlie was a shock, because it came so suddenly and because she mattered.
OPINION: Will the person who dumped rubbish on the Opihi River get away with it?
Local authorities are, on the whole, averse to carrying out prosecutions of residents and ratepayers who break the rules.
OPINION: Some may see a move to allow Timaru District councillors to attend meetings via video conferencing as a watering down of democracy.
OPINION: Just in case you hadn't realised it until now, we're in a drought.
OPINION: The phoney wars are over, now it's time to brace for the real action.
OPINION: Thankfully it's not an everyday occurrence to find log trucks parked up in Timaru's CBD on a weekday morning.
OPINION: Helped by the Kiwi dollar's decline against the greenback, the United States is on the verge of becoming the New Zealand wine industry's biggest export market.
OPINION: The Waitangi National Trust describes Waitangi Day as a day for New Zealanders to "commemorate" the signing of the Treaty.
OPINION: Two widely publicised lapses in standards have bruised the midwifery profession's reputation in recent days.
OPINION: The amount of information each contained was one big difference between the resignation announcements of Northland MP Mike Sabin and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman. The way the resignations were announced was another.
The cloud on the horizon in South Canterbury these days is that there isn't a cloud on the horizon.
OPINION: Labour leader Andrew Little has promised the next Labour government will ensure New Zealand has the lowest unemployment rate in the developed world.
OPINION: Don't forget - the big numbers in the Government's state housing plan represent actual people and their homes.
OPINION: It is hard to imagine a more horrific way to lose a child.
OPINION: It's a fair call from the Timaru District Council to not separate small dogs and large dogs in Timaru's new dog park.
OPINION: So, it takes anywhere from eight to 10 years worth of the median Auckland wage to buy a median-valued Auckland house.
OPINION: Do we need hands free cars - or is there an easier way to stop driving while texting?
OPINION: There will no doubt be grumbles about the now-stricter water use regime and, if a fire ban is put in place, still more about that.
OPINION: I've sat on this topic all week, because I think it requires a considered response.
OPINION: The Government's $30m driveway safety programme is money well spent.
OPINION: Mixed messages. They're a problem in many areas of life.
OPINION: I've been through a few droughts in my time, when water restrictions were fairly harsh.