Bad taste in the mouth


OPINION: This 1080 poison warning in fish is quite a big deal. Even if the Conservation Department is trying to play it down.

Is new leader enough?

David Cunliffe

So, the Labour Party is in the market for a new leader.

Know how to be a hero?

300 medic

OPINION: Out story on the front page today would have to get many of us thinking.

Where is everyone?

lawn bowls

OPINION: A common theme emerged in two quite different stories this week. And the theme was, a shortage of people.

Chance to come clean


OPINION: A coroner's finding usually brings closure in cases of unexpected deaths, but not in the case of Dale Bellaney.

Paying back to their roots

Marc Ryan, Hayden Roulston, Shane Archbold

OPINION: South Canterbury's Anniversary Weekend had the usual array of sporting fixtures, but a closer look shows something special was going on.

Why such a low turnout?

John Key

OPINION: So that's that then. National's in government for a third term and Labour has recorded its lowest result since 1992.

A vote for stability

John Key

OPINION: What were the National Party's policies again?

Sentence about right


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.

Confused? Still vote

Ballot box

OPINION: Oh the bliss if your political beliefs are so ingrained that your vote tomorrow is a no brainer.

Gigatown, who's in?

gigatown timaru

OPINION: Step 1. Make the gigatown finals. Tick. Step 2. Win the finals. Pending.

Spy novel unfolds

Edward Snowden Moment of Truth

OPINION: Workable coalitions are unclear, parties with some good policies and people also have bad ones.

Make a fuss of scheme

Timaru Herald photo

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.

A fire risk from above

Sky lanterns

OPINION: We have a small window of opportunity to raise awareness of the potential hazards of using sky lanterns.

Let's dial it down a bit

Kate Middleton

OPINION: I called back page 1 of the Herald on Tuesday night, for a spot of breaking news.

The language is important

From the Beehive

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.

Spark's big fizzer

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.

Let's rally for rally


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.

A sombre milestone


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?

Dark times abound

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.

Editorial | V8s call big Levels boost


What a difference a couple of months can make in motor racing.

Tragedy just up the road

Armed police hunt for man connected to Ashburton shooting at WINZ

OPINION: Our front page today is given over to the tragedy that unfolded yesterday in Ashburton.

Nats' long weekend

Judith Collins

OPINION: There is a quote - or misquote - that has never seemed so apt, or so understated, right now.

Voter turnout a concern

Ballot box

OPINION: New Zealand used to be a world leader in voter participation at general elections, but no more.

Idiocy leads to tragedy


OPINION: Easier access to firearms means more tragedies. Period.

Time to be informed

OPINION: We asked each of the candidates to give us their top three local issues for the election. Those are important, because they affect us where we live.

SBW call sets a precedent

Sonny Bill Williams

OPINION: There's something about the Sonny Bill Williams situation that reminds me of an immortal line from George Orwell's Animal Farm.

St John's ills worrying

St John's Ambulance

OPINION: St John says it would like at least 50 more volunteer staff across its South Canterbury stations. But filling those spots won't be easy.

Just cruising in market

World cruise ship

OPINION: There's a disconnect somewhere between the outfit that oversees cruise ship visits around the country and the outfit that looks after the ships when they get to Timaru.

Speed case blows up

Chris Ellis

OPINION: It's hard not to feel a sliver of admiration for Porirua lawyer Chris Ellis.

Keep doing what 's been done

depression bullying suicide

Whatever is being done to reduce suicides ... keep doing it.

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.

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