Opinion

Taking a stand for climate change

Katerina Seligman and Joanna Santa Barbara with a copy of Our Climate Declaration.

If the government won't take climate action, individuals and companies can, says a climate activist.

Living in an ever-changing landscape par for the course

Landslides, like this one on the Clarence River in Marlborough, happen more than we like to think.

Fly over or drive through New Zealand's rural landscape and it's easy to see slips, slumps and toppled forests leaning drunkenly down hills.

Brutal assessment of town a hick-up

Visitors to Motueka are not typically greeted by banjo playing on the porch.

In this week's Sweet Home Motueka Elise Vollweiler recoils at the idea that her hometown could be considered a hick town.

Lost Spanish caravel became an obsession

The remains of a wreck at Smokey Beach on Stewart Island, and what's thought to be a slipway nearby. Are these the ...

It's entirely plausible and somewhat tantalising to speculate that other northern hemisphere navigators reached our shores before Abel Tasman.

A glimpse of the joy of sport

The joy of riders at the Neale Park skatepark gave Ro Cambridge a new view of sport.

I am physically and temperamentally ill-suited to being a sports player or spectator. Especially winter sports.

Prostate not something to poke fun at

You'll never look at walnuts the same again.

In this week's middle-aged man Stu Hunt looks at an uncomfortable truth.

Building costs hard to explain

John Key, left, Nick Smith and Bill English have all failed to get their heads around the housing crisis.

Good news last week - the government announced a one off payment of $4 million to be given to my kids' high school.  

Weather gods deliver wet reminder

Tahuna Beach is one of Nelson's many winter pleasures.

Tahuna Beach, 8.30am on a crisp, fine winter morning just before the shortest day. The tide is falling and the beach looks freshly polished.

Food people are great NZers

Lambs head to the yards at Kaihoka.

Stand tall and call yourself a farmer.

Peeling back the plastic

Losing sleep over the impact of plastic on the environment.

Having dropped the ball with Junk Free June, Elise Vollweiler is talking up plastic-free July in this week's Sweet Home Motueka.

Travelling the road in an age gone by

AA service vehicles then and now.

In the unflappable tones of a British Movietone Newsreel narrator, the 1970s AA Road Atlas of New Zealand reflects an age of motoring long gone.

​Grandstand judgement a kick in the guts for Golden Bay

The Takaka Mounted Rifles paraded in front of the grandstand before they left for World War I. Some of them never returned.

The decision of the Environment Court this week to allow the demolition of Golden Bay's historic grandstand is a blow to locals.

Brain fade a writer's death sentence

Not knowing what to write about is every scribe's worst nightmare.

Sunday morning. A wintry sun streams through the window. The birds in my neighbour's aviary while not exactly singing, are cheeping and twittering in a cheerful way.

Bittersweet baking to the political rescue

Mary Sullivan delivers MP Nick Smith poo-shaped cupcakes in protest about New Zealand's poor water quality.

At first glance I didn't think a freshly baked batch of 'poo' cup-cakes would come to my political rescue.

Tourism is breaking its social contract

Curly Question ? What is the right number of overseas hunters and anglers in New Zealand annually?

No one can argue with the concept of Tourism. After all, it is the rock star of the New Zealand economy.

Protest permits a clause for thought

The bylaw was created to deal with Lewis Stanton and the issue of freedom campers in the city.

OPINION: The city council's proposed permit to protest bylaw is rapidly descending into farce.

The school of hard knocks for public speaking

Cellphones - every speaker's worst enemy.

Public speaking continues to be a bit of a challenge for middle-aged man Stu Hunt

Dreading the looming election

Many benefits of new personal tax system: Bill English

OPINION: When did maintaining New Zealand's democracy become such a tired and unattractive prospect?

Good money in shearing sheds

Learning the ropes on a shearing gang are William Mackereth, Lachy Shaw, tutor Wayne Roore, Rowan Williams and Brett McKay.

OPINION: There are plenty of career options down on the farm.

Eyes on the flies

The common house fly, a lousy house guest.

In this week's Sweet Home Motueka, Elise Vollweiler reports from the frontline in the war against house flies.

Council needs new model for addressing pond problem

Nelson City Council has committed to spending $1.2 million on Modellers' Pond at Tahunanui, but would that money be ...

OPINION: The Modellers Society has missed out on funding to fix their pond, but is using council money the smartest move?

The freedom to choose is one to fight over

There's no such thing as too much choice when it comes to indulging in some retail therapy.

Having a Freedom of Spiel doesn't mean you get to trample on every other freedom

Lighthouse life a bygone era

The Pages were largely self-sufficient, raising a family a six children.

Lighthouses today are invariably nothing but a bunch of flashing LEDs, but it wasn't that long ago that families filled their lives at these remarkable outposts.

Crisis support crucial for child cancer families

Megan Stephens came into contact with the Child Cancer Foundation when her daughter Gabrielle, 6, was diagnosed with ...

Say your child is diagnosed with cancer.

Winemakers join forces

Sir George Fistonich, Villa Marie Estate founder.

It is often said that making wine is the easy bit, selling wine is where the business really starts to get tough, wineries spend a huge amount of time and money on different forms of marketing and that was one of the key drivers for twelve premium family-owned wine producers to form an alliance – the Family of Twelve.

Negotiating the pothole questions of life

Potholes go from bad to worse in winter.

OPINION: There are many unanswered questions in life. Potholes are one of them.

Foolishly befriending a four-legged fiend

They may be man's best friend, but if a dog doesn't want to listen, it can quickly become our worst enemy.

Think twice before your next act of kindness, less it bites you in the backside.

Saving taonga on a wing and a prayer

St Arnaud during winter is a beautiful place, but bereft of bird song.

A recent trip to St Arnaud

Middle-aged Man: Hair today, gone tomorrow

Beautiful plumage

The range of hairstyle starts to shrink middle-aged man is not wide and varied.

Bullying: An unsolvable problem?

A Christchurch father has protested at Waimairi School after he says it failed to deal with bullying against his ...

OPINION: Can bullying be eliminated from our schools? Probably not, people being what they are.

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