OPINION: It's surprising how easily many of us fall for the messages shared by self-proclaimed astrologers and soothsayers, Tom O'Connor writes.
OPINION: Colin McCahon was booed and hissed at when he first started exhibiting in the late 1940s, Peter Dornauf writes. Now one of his paintings has sold for $1 million.
OBITUARY: William Joseph Costellow OStJ, March 7, 1929 – September 1, 2016
OPINION: Engagement with the issues and effectiveness in decision making are better measures than 100% attendance at council meeting, Richard Swainson writes.
OPINION: Max Christoffersen "remembers the days of the old school yard", and a girl who made an indelible impression on him.
OPINION: If you’re Maori, you’re not just more likely to go to jail than any other ethnicity; you’re more likely to be the victim of crime too, Narelle Henson writes.
OPINION: It might take 80 years before Waikato's rivers are safe for swimming and food gathering again, but better that than never, writes will make Tom O'Connor.
OPINION: The trouble with conceptual art is that a lot of it is just plain boring, writes Peter Dornauf. But done well, it can beat painting hands down every time.
Some things in this world just don't mix but Patrick Geoffrey Rice, 1934-2016, combined rugby and opera rather well.
OPINION: We might not camp outside the gates to get the best seats any more, but rugby fans are still a keen bunch, Richard Swainson writes.
OPINION: It is not just nice to have good manners. It is vital, Narelle Henson writes.
Opinion: The Chiefs stripper scandal proves rugby culture has changed very little since it went "professional" writes Max Christoffersen.
OPINION: Tom O'Connor is full of praise for the Waikato District Health Board's new smartphone app which means doctors can make virtual house calls.
OPINION: Winning at all costs is not sporting at all, writes Peter Dornauf.
OBITUARY: The Tauranga funeral of Jim Barker, NZOM, marked the passing of an extraordinary Waikato man, whom many say should have been knighted.
OPINION: Max Christoffersen has some suggestions for Hamilton's next city council.
OPINION: Willy Wonka may be considered Gene Wilder's signature role but for Richard Swainson, his Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles can't be beat.
OPINION: There is no reason for there to be a conflict between science and faith, says Narelle Henson.
Opinion: Treaty of Waitangi settlements have required councils to co-manage natural resources with iwi.
OPINION: Tom O'Connor argues for euthanasia for old church buildings so they can be demolished before the last vestiges of dignity and grandeur have disappeared.
OPINION: Peter Dornauf takes a snapshot of what's been happening on Hamilton's visual arts scene and finds plenty to choose from.
OPINION: Max Christoffersen has plenty of ideas on how to spend all the money taxpayers poured into funding our Olympic campaign.
OBITUARY: Graham Garlo Hastings, 1938 – 2016
OPINION: Richard Swainson calls it the "better the devil you know" syndrome when acknowledging the advantage incumbents and "celebrities" have over other worthy candidates running for council.
OPINION: Decent dads, in short, are every bit as important to their kids as decent mums, writes Narelle Henson.
OPINION: It's easy to lose sight of all the good, kind people working in care facilities when a caregiver is caught mistreating a person in their care.
Squillions of dollars have been spent on what amounts to a 10-day bash to treat a small group of privileged people paid by the state to do what they like doing – running, jumping etc.
OPINION: "Lazy sods" Duncan Garner called us, but buying into the Protestant work ethic can't be good for you.
OPINION: Comfort in the company of strangers on a brisk Sunday morning at the Farmers' Market at Claudelands in Hamilton.
OPINION: Tom O'Connor argues that the conflict variously known as the Land Wars and the New Zealand Wars was, in fact, a civil war and should be remembered as such.