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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.
OPINION: If you spend any time behind the wheel of a vehicle, you'll likely have plenty of stories about bad driving.
OPINION: The German climbers did everything right.
OPINION: There was a lot of nonsense being spoken yesterday in the wake of the slaying of 10 staff members and two policemen at satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
OPINION: It should have taken just a few hours for the Halberg Awards judges to start squirming a little about their list of nominees for the team of 2014 yesterday.
OPINION: The observations in today's lead story from a senior Timaru police officer, Mark Offen, on driving over the holiday period, are welcome ones.
OPINION: This year it's a little too close to home.
OPINION: Who could fail to be moved by the brave actions of little Sailor Gutzler?
OPINION: We perceive overseas drivers to be involved in a fair proportion of crashes, but there will be surprise at just what that proportion is.
OPINION: It has been a month already since the lower drink-drive limits have been in force.
OPINION: As I try to think of what the biggest news story of the year has been I keep coming back to a topic, rather than a single article.
OPINION: From an impressive 250 community dinners to a great escape at the cattery, it's been a mixed bag this Christmas.
OPINION: Three months ago, it was being called a green drought.
OPINION: It seems that almost every day now, a story emanates from the United States about a fatal shooting.
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.