OPINION: Tasers are being used more often and the number of people injured is increasing, to which anti-Taser activist John Minto says tsk tsk.
It was surprising to read yesterday how many people don't fill in their census forms, given that it's law to do so.
OPINION: Everyone has a view on who should and who shouldn't be in the New Zealand line-up attending Nelson Mandela's funeral
The census snapshot of South Canterbury incomes prompts a number of thoughts.
Views on the 90-day job trial legislation are fairly clear-cut.
OPINION: The world has lost, in the words of Telegraph chief foreign correspondent David Blair, "perhaps the only genuinely global hero" of a "sceptical age".
OPINION: There'll be the odd flutter of admiration out there, I'll wager. Not that it's deserved, but just for the sheer audacity of an act surely among the most brazen and bizarre in South Canterbury's criminal history.
New Zealand's declining education standing is concerning, but let's not panic.
The release of another round of tables yesterday from Statistics New Zealand was, frankly, overwhelming.
What a tragedy. A father and daughter drowning while kayaking on a Rotorua lake.
OPINION: The committee charged with setting local alcohol rules has taken a sensible if somewhat conservative approach.
OPINION: A tougher stance on log fires in Timaru is inevitable. And just as inevitable is that the exact format of it, when decided, will provoke criticism.
There is a flaw in the Government's plan for a nationwide prostate cancer awareness programme for men.
The Timaru District Council wants to get its hands dirty over nappies.
At first glance, it seems a reasonably radical suggestion from Timaru's new mayor ...
Assumptions can be dangerous. There was one in the first paragraph of yesterday's editorial, and it almost came unstuck in a big way.
OPINION: Around the time you read this newspaper today, you'll also be catching up with the news that the All Blacks have achieved the notable feat of sustaining a test victory run throughout a full calendar year.
If you've just landed on Earth, on a spaceship from a distant parallel universe, you might be unaware of the fact that a significant anniversary happened yesterday.
It seems like something pulled from the mind of a novelist with a flair for the bizarre and dramatic.
Times have changed in the schoolyard.
On Friday we'll start to see voting papers for the most useless of the five citizens-initiated referendums we've had yet.
OPINION: You would imagine it would be difficult to shock Justice Minister Judith Collins.
Parts of two feature articles we carried on Saturday give pause for thought.
Rightly or wrongly, when you hear the term Timaru Retail Association, you think Stafford St retailers.
OPINION: You wander into your NCEA German exam, open the paper with trepidation, and mein gott, the questions are ... in German. How unfair is that?
The ages of the perpetrators of sexual abuse mentioned in our story yesterday were surprising.
Our picture on the front page of the newspaper today is a doozy. A typical Timaru resident, June Arras, talking to a soldier.
Willy Jackson and John Tamihere went too far with their comments and their leave seemed inevitable.
It's aerial footage the likes of which we have seldom seen.
Remember the spine-tingling advertisement about the speed with which housefires can spread?
OPINION: There's been some real unpleasantness in aspects of the news this week. Some of it has made it into this space.
It's a debate that, if we could get enough people, from enough different perspectives, together, could go on for a long time, without a satisfactory answer being reached.
OK, we're two days into blanket coverage of this scenario and it couldn't be more bizarre, or disturbing.
BOOM! The sound you'll hear tonight? Possibly. It is the annual remembrance of that 1605 plot to blow up the British Houses of Parliament, after all.
OPINION: Tragedy in the mountains. It's sadly an all too familiar refrain in New Zealand.
"I'm sceptical, truth be told."
Thirty-five people dead in six incidents.
OPINION: Well done, young people, you're on the point of stuffing it up for everybody.
Sharp weather changes can put in jeopardy even the most experienced climbers in New Zealand.
So, after a 12-year hiatus, there's finally another piece of silverware in the South Canterbury Rugby trophy cabinet.
You reap what you sow, as the saying goes, and it seems to fit the debate around rising nitrate levels in groundwater.
OPINION: It is some sort of indictment, surely, that a book needs to be written entitled, A School Leaver's Guide to the Real World.
Rain, hail or shine, the mail must get through.
Look, a panther. Let's shoot it.
Unless you manage to grab one of the half dozen $59 seats available online every two or three weeks, flying out of Timaru is a fright to your wallet.
OPINION: The SCRU and SCCA have both been caught out by the sudden departure of their joint CEO after five weeks in the job.
In a couple of months, just before Christmas in fact, out-of-control teenage parties will become a thing of the past.
OPINION: When was the key moment in the history of Timaru's aquatic centre, CBay?
OPINION: Believe it or not, there's a downside to a vibrant economy. And Aoraki Polytechnic is feeling it.
Is an affair by the mayor of our largest city of public interest?