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.
OPINION: The farming adage of making hay while the sun shines will never have seemed more apt than it did yesterday.
OPINION: It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since smoking was banned in pubs. Ten years today, actually.
OPINION: The privacy commissioner is to question councils on how they collect and store CCTV footage.
OPINION: Timaru is recording more than 12 times the number of air quality breaches allowed, with just over a year to go to clean up our air.
OPINION: You go into a rest home, looking forward to being waited on hand and foot. You deserve that, right.
OPINION: When I went to school the most significant thing I crafted was a skinny wooden bird on a stand.
OPINION: Nadine Lucas is "flabbergasted at the number of people who need help".
OPINION: When police Assistant Commissioner Dave Cliff last week said police were removing any tolerance to the speeding limit, it sounded like he was lowering it.
Cricket is one of the few sports where a legitimate tactic is to aim at the head of an opposing player.
OPINION: An interview with Louise Upston, who took over the role of minister for women in October, is a bafflement of contradictions and confusion.
OPINION: What is the tourism-rich Mackenzie up to? Trying to kill the golden goose?
OPINION: Well, we're not Gigatown. All the hype, all the effort, all the money, all that time . . . for what?
Today we're going to talk about property valuations and the impact on your rates.
The confirmation yesterday of a further $400 million investment at the Glenavy dairy factory is obviously good news.
There are about 4.5 million of us Kiwis. That's like, a suburb of New York or London or Tokyo.
OPINION: It's heartening that people are outraged to learn some employers are docking workers' pay to cover the cost of stolen goods.
We've devoted a lot of space to the new drink drive limits in today's edition. They are a talking point around town.
OPINION: That changes are required in our rules allowing overseas tourists to drive here is no better illustrated than in the coroner's findings into Grant Roberts' death.
The rise in decile ratings for South Canterbury schools represent a double-edged sword.
The challenge is all before Andrew Little. And it's a significant one for the new leader of the Labour Party. There are a number of reasons why.
OPINION: Our report on Saturday warning of gangs becoming more active in Timaru prompted some pretty emotive responses from readers.
It's good to see our local high schools adopting the "be prepared" principle and carrying out lockdown drills.