OPINION: Civic leaders now can build on the city's assets "and start reinvesting in the things that matter to Hamiltonians"
OPINION: The Government's programme of asset sales, which started as a headline-grabber in a prime ministerial speech early in 2011, is ending as an election promise that hasn't quite been fully delivered.
OPINION: We expressed disappointment at the region's employment statistics last month, after Goodman Fielder confirmed it will close its Huttons/Kiwi Bacon factory in Frankton and 125 jobs will be lost.
OPINION: A family tragedy - the death of a mother and her baby at the Huntly Birthcare centre in 2011 - has been the subject of a lengthy and very public inquest in recent days.
The Conservative Party leader doesn't see why different standards of honesty and rectitude apply to politicians.
OPINION: Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia played the sovereignty card when arguing in favour of legislation requiring the tobacco industry to sell its products in plain packaging.
OPINION: Making tobacco illegal would be futile, but more honest than banning legitimate companies from branding their wares.
OPINION: Younger generations take it for granted that Waitangi Day is a public holiday, but not the students at St Paul's Collegiate in Hamilton or St Peter's School in Cambridge.
OPINION: If Waikato people wanted to turn Waitangi Day into Protest Day, the Council has just removed one item from the grievance agenda.
OPINION: Our dairy exporters are heavily and increasingly dependent on China, risking over-exposure to a boom/bust cycle.
OPINION: Failing to return a crucial block of land to Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park throws doubt on the Council's environmental credentials.
OPINION: The upgrade of Seddon Park must happen, but how do you measure the benefit of bringing International matches?
OPINION: Auckland's plan to take more water from the Waikato River should make residents uneasy.
OPINION: Troublesome teens like those who went on a crime spree in Hillcrest earlier this month need role models like Lorde and Lydia Ko.
It should be a matter for rejoicing that the Government has announced initiatives in education without triggering a barrage of criticisms from teacher unions and educationalists.
OPINION: Graham McCready is a sort of vigilante prosecutor operating out of a council flat in Wellington.
OPINION: Election year has arrived and John Key is hedging his bets on whoever could help him secure power.
OPINION: The justice system is good at imposing penalties and obligations - but what happens when those fines remain unpaid?
British politician Michael Grove courted controversy early in the New Year with some contentious comments in the Daily Mail concerning World War I.
OPINION: Are prisoners on public flights really endangering public safety?