Economic crisis is looming for New Zealand - and not just the farmers

More and more dairy farmers will hedge their economic bets by raising their own bobby calves - which will have an effect downstream.

OPINION: The economic crisis that few New Zealand politicians want to admit is looming could eventually force a refocussing of our trade negotiations offshore and our farms at home.

The madness of a loving family

Loving, irritating families are one of life's greatest gifts.

OPINION: Loving, irritating families are one of life's greatest gifts.

The Auckland effect

QV Registered value Chris Price.

OPINION: By now, we have all heard Auckland house prices are rising to record highs and there seems to be insatiable demand which is fuelling further increases.

How much contribution can any of us make to the nation?

We can't all be Winston Churchills - or Charles Darwins, or even part of the Swainson pantheon.

OPINION: Assessing your own historic legacy is a humbling business.

Founders Theatre deserves costly refit


OPINION: Founders Theatre is worth every cent Hamilton ratepayers spend on it.

Opinion: Tuheitia steps out of the shadows

Maori King Tuheitia's bid for greater Auckland his moment to shine.

OPINION: Maori King Tuheitia's claim a stand for his iwi.

The long list for new flag designs is drowning in koru

Raranga, by Pax Zwanikken, is a goer.

OPINION: It's predictable that the next most common motif is the fern. So much for any imagination, not to mention artistic talent.

Southwell School Fellow Graeme Johnstone dies

Graeme Johnstone, 1938-2015

Hamilton's Southwell School lost a link with its early years with the death of Graeme Johnstone on Sunday, August 8.

Tainui claim process will air fascinating history

King Tuheitia at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia on Friday, Maori King Tuheitia has launched a claim for Auckland extending to the Mahurangi Peninsula and down the Firth of Thames and across to the Manukau Harbour and Piha.

OPINION: Put aside the redneck brigade's response and look into what's really behind King Tuheitia's claim of Auckland.

Road riding - yay or neigh?

Cambridge equestrian Toni O'Regan on the new Peake Rd bridge.

OPINION: Tensions rise between horse riders and motorists in Cambridge.

'Into the River' and other unwise things

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 A teen novel that begins its dramatic journey on New Zealand's East Coast has picked up the top prize at this year's New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.
Ted Dawe's book Into the River won the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and was also the winner of the Young Adult Fiction category.

OPINION: There may be many justifications for making children read adult books, but wisdom will not be one of them.

Youth councils should be seen and not heard


OPINION: There are certain activities local authorities shouldn't be wasting their time on, things that from my  experience are just an indulgence and never end up going anywhere.   

Time drops away in a chance conversation

The Queen in 1953 during her visit to the Waikato.

OPINION: A lady of a certain vintage ascends the stairs at Auteur House and time becomes fluid and flexible.

Taking a long term view

It is critical for farmers to be proactive with their budgets and communicate with their banks with the dairy payout slumped, Chris Lewis says.

OPINION: Any dairy industry panic now will cause a slump in land values and put farmers at risk of going out of business.

The worrying rise of robots

Buddy, by Blue Frog Robotics, is an example of a social robot designed specifically for the home. Illustrates ROBOTS (category f), by Dominic Basulto, special to The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Blue Frog Robotics)

OPINION: Peter Dornauf worries about the rise of robots.

Jumping on the taxpayer bandwagon

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OPINION: On the surface, it looks like a great idea: get our local musicians heard! The newly launched Tron Music Trust is a body set up to do just that by  equipping our up-and-coming musicians with the skills needed to get funding  support. 

Finding aliens and the meaning of life

The human search for alien life is really a search for ourselves.

OPINION: The search for extraterrestrial life might just turn out to be a search for ourselves.

Matisse film at Lido an homage to a great painter

The film also showed one of Matisse’s most famous works, entitled The Dance, painted earlier in the artist’s career in 1910. It depicts five nude figures on top of a hill performing an ancient, rustic, circular dance, hands joined, whirling in a wild, frenetic, intoxicated twirl.

OPINION: Just over a hundred years ago, a shy French artist by the name of Henri Matisse painted several shockingly bold and brightly coloured works that earned him the tab "wild beast" (iffauvenf in French) which probably comes close to our ifferalnf. It cemented his reputation as one of the avant-garde painters of the early 20th century. It's been said that he was the only artist Picasso was ever jealous of. 

Hamilton film festival the highlight of the cultural year

Milo Cawthorne and Kimberley Crossman star in the Kiwi horror comedy Deathgasm.

OPINION: Richard Swainson's a film buff from way back.

Going the distance for a bottle of wine

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OPINION: Airport security can provide some surreal experiences, says Denise Irvine.

Feeding schoolchildren laudable but tragic


OPINION: Schoolchildren shouldn't need handouts, not in this day and age.

Cecil and the human hunt

Cecil the lion was a popular attraction among visitors to the Hwange National Park.

OPINION: Despite how remarkable they make us, we seem awfully willing to throw our brains away.

Hamilton Gardens' Mansfield tribute a worthy plan

An artist's drawing of the Mansfield Garden at Hamilton Gardens.

OPINION: Gardens in general hark back to our ideas of Eden.

Police shooting in Auckland raises questions


OPINION: Is it necessary for police always to shoot to kill?

Hamilton's river plan nothing like the V8s


OPINION: Some on Hamilton City Council are being a bit disingenuous in comparing the river development to the V8s debacle or even Claudelands.

Hamilton the home of great musicians


OPINION: Sometimes there are moments when you just have to wear the "I'm from the Tron and I'm proud" T-shirt.

Criticism of Still Life astonishing


OPINION: When I read James Croot’s review of the movie Still Life, which he described as ‘‘emotionally powerful drama’’ and a ‘‘minor masterpiece’’, I heartily concurred.

Why was Robertson free to kill?

Tony Robertson was convicted of the rape and murder of Blessie Gotingco.

OPINION: I've been to jail several times. It was all part of a learning process. At least, that's my excuse.

The ref is always right on the day


OPINION: Sunday morning's epic match at Ellis Park was one I was half convinced the All Blacks would lose.

Where the real fight for equality starts

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OPINION: In the endless battles for equality it's easy to forget what being equal really means.

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