OPINION: The Ashburton killings weren't part of a rash. They horrified the country because they were extraordinary.
OPINION: It's understandable that shopkeepers want to protect themselves, but guns are a big jump.
OPINION: The relaxing of early-voting requirements is to be welcomed simply by making the electoral system more voter-friendly.
OPINION: The Hamilton City Council is to be applauded for developing a bylaw to proscribe anti-social and threatening behaviour in the central business district.
OPINION: This slump in farmers' prospects will adversely affect the rest of the regional economy.
OPINION: Who owns the foreshore and seabed became a divisive political issue after the Court of Appeal ruled in 2003 that Maori customary rights over the foreshore and seabed had not been extinguished.
OPINION: Fitness to govern and the way politicians exercise their power are no less important than their policies.
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English had plenty to say about the Government's accomplishments last month.
OPINION: The first leaders' debate didn't result in a knockout but Labour's David Cunliffe generally has been credited with winning on points against a curiously lacklustre prime minister.
OPINION: The bylaws regulating freedom camping in the Thames-Coromandel District had been confusing, Motor Caravan Association lawyer Mai Chen said after a High Court judge this week ruled on their legality.
OPINION: While we are hoping for an early bounce-back in dairy prices, we can't afford to be indifferent to the case for greater diversification.
OPINION: Most party policies are intended to benefit somebody who, in all likelihood, is a voter.
The Waikato District Council last week announced it wants citizens' ideas on alcohol licensing to help it draft a new policy.
OPINION: Chris Wilkes, Taranaki KASM co-ordinator, believes people are fundamentally opposed to seabed mining.
OPINION: The discomforting reality for National is that the Waikato has 2100 fewer jobs now and 6100 more unemployed than in 2008.
Labour Party politicians and supporters will find plenty of cause for disquiet in the latest poll figures.
The Waikato Regional Council has successfully taken two parties to court in recent days for breaching effluent disposal requirements under the Resource Management Act last year.
OPINION: The Hamilton City Council last week announced it had added fluoride to the city's Water Treatment Plant.
Teachers with fewer students can give each child more attention, but studies do not unequivocally show that this is the most cost-effective way of lifting performance.
OPINION: Only 44 per cent of the Waikato region's police agree the department has a clear vision of where it's going.