In search of a surplus

OPINION: Finance Minister Bill English, long set on getting the Government's books back into surplus in 2014/15, was obviously delighted with this year's Budget projections.

Cultural desert? Not Hamilton

OPINION: You could fill a book with what's wrong with Hamilton but the city's sesquicentennial is not one.

More politics than Parliament

OPINION: If there is one dreadfully boring topic in the news this week it is most certainly anything to do with the latest Labour leader.

Aussie deal good for NZ

OPINION: Australians are braying that their country's framework for a free trade agreement with China is bigger and/or better than New Zealand's with regard to dairy products.

Memorial trees abused

OPINION: I am writing in disgust and concern at the total lack of respect shown to some memorial trees that had been planted along the roadside in the village of Manawaru.

What will future generations think?

OPINION: This weekend Hamilton celebrates its 150th with a display of everything Hamiltonian.

Bruising blow for regions

OPINION: Air New Zealand, bailed out of financial trouble by taxpayers in 2001, has just dealt a bruising blow to the economies of some parts of the country.

Letter: Quality of life

'Proof that it doesn't take a pill to die with dignity' was a moving description of her grandfather and how he coped with severe adversity.

Letter: A remarkable man

I have just read the article by Narelle Henson headed "proof that it doesn't take a pill to die with dignity".

Beware of snake oil salesmen

Ebola nurse

OPINION: Warnings about a church claiming to have a miracle cure for Ebola should not be ignored.

Open letter to Mayor and Hamilton City Council

rubbish collection, rubbish bags

Hamilton is a grubby city compared to, for example, Christchurch. Many residential streets are always littered with both bagged and unbagged rubbish, the latter mainly from wrecked rubbish bags. It looks terrible, it stinks, it is unhygienic and it encourages and supports feral animals and rodents.

Fireworks needed to blow up fake Christmas trees

Christmas decoration in Chch

OPINION: It's November and already Hamilton's soul-less shopping centres are decking their halls.

Inflating the terrorism risk

OPINION: "I don't want to overstate the risk," PM says. But only two passports cancelled this year.

It doesn't take a pill to die with dignity


OPINION: I've watched two people die and it was as painful an experience as it was precious.

Racecourse market worth it

	 Hamilton Farmers’ Marke

OPINION: I've been surprised by the dark reaction, or should I say over-reaction, to the market's shift to Te Rapa.

Training our talent for a future in other places

OPINION: We're losing some of the best and brightest minds to other places.

The sobering reality of Hamilton's CBD

OPINION: I'm excited by some of the ideas coming out in the paper about future river/city projects.

Let's keep the bridge a bridge

	 waikato river

To whom can I write and be heard concerning plans for the pedestrian bridge in Pukete.

Editorial | Key blurring his lines

John Key

OPINION: The line between John Key's role as Prime Minister and his role as National Party leader, family man or whatever remains perplexingly vague.

As famous last words go...


OPINION: It’s a tough act, keeping a sense of humour till the final curtain.

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