Child poverty a battle

salvation army

OPINION: The Salvation Army is lining up a weapon on behalf of many of the people who need its help in the Nelson region.

DOC deserves extra cash

tui strap


OPINION: Saving native species from introduced predators has become a key Department of Conservation objective.

The year of our Lorde

Lorde at gig

In the music world there is no such thing as an overnight success.

Roll slump surprise

Air New Zealand generic


OPINION: The extent of Nayland College's shrinking roll is both a surprise and a concern.

Parties hit the trail

Ballot box

OPINION: If you didn't know it's election year, politicians have wasted no time reminding us.

Peters looms again as kingmaker

winston peters

It had to happen, didn't it. Election year and Winston Peters looms large again.

Mollycoddling helping kids?

tdn baby strap

OPINION: Perhaps part of the problem is that breeding - the mating act itself - is generally quite pleasurable.

System review needs to be open-minded

Hekia Parata

Pardon the cynicism - but politicians announcing reviews are always going to set brows a-knitting. When Education Minister Hekia Parata is involved, a full-length scarf might result.

Dunne decision, but no answers

OPINION: No doubt Peter Dunne hoped his shock resignation would end the scandal that he's become so embroiled in.

Pairing could be brilliant

internet party and mana

OPINION: What at first hearing seems like a preposterous political pairing might turn out to be a piece of brilliance come election day - but at what cost?

There's only one thing for it: box on


OPINION: There are some big issues facing readers of the Nelson Mail.

Match-fixing innuendo not cricket

cricket ball

OPINION: There is nothing sporting about the innuendos and information over alleged involvement by Kiwis in match-fixing.

Tainted candidate a Labour liability

Shane Taurima

Shane Taurima faces a long journey before he'd be seen as anything but a liability to a party that has long been struggling to regain traction.

Ferry issues need to be addressed

Interislander ferry, Aratere

OPINION: The management of the Interislander ferries seems to be all at sea.

Concussion in sport needs to be tackled

OPINION: Everyone knows concussion is an issue in sport and it's good to see it being addressed at grassroots level.

Space for all - and fires without smoke

spaceship house

OPINION: It is paradoxical that we crave novelty, yet favour the routine.

Collins has time to rest and reflect

Judith Collins must know that digging deeper is no way to get out of a hole.

Plenty of heat left in campaign

Craig Henderson and Mark Parker

The possibility of allowing new generation, highly efficient, thoroughly-tested woodburners to be installed here ought to be re-considered.

Swift move against racism welcomed

Donald Sterling

OPINION: It's a no-brainer that racism should not be tolerated in sport, or any other part of society.

Williamson already on the wane

Viewed in isolation, Maurice Williamson's resignation would be no election-year turning point.

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