Opinion

Excessively risk-averse posture regrettable

Crowds at the New Zealand Memorial Service marking the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign at Chunuk Bair in 2015. Mike ...

OPINION: It is deeply disappointing that our sacred day has been molested with so many events, marches and parades unceremoniously curtailed out of an abundance of caution.

Land lost to urban sprawl video

Much of New Zealand's versatile land has been paved over and landscaped.

OPINION: The Government's latest environmental snapshot paints a worrying picture of urban sprawl.

The downside of popularity video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces there will be no CGT, "not because I don't believe in it, but because I don't ...

OPINION: Jacinda Ardern wouldn't be the first politician to fear the Winston effect.

To arm police or not video

The new normal?

OPINION: Only better data will make, or disprove, the case for routinely armed cops.

Are we listening to Muslim women?

Everyday Muslim women's voices need to be given the space to be heard in the wake of the mosque terror attack, Lana Hart ...

OPINION: One voice that has traditionally struggled to find its mouthpiece is still mostly unheard in the wake of the Christchurch shootings: Muslim women.

Ardern didn't spend political capital video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a press conference announcing there would be no capital gains tax, despite the ...

​OPINION: The capital gains tax was the holy grail on the way to Jacinda's socialist nirvana.

The moment is here

Environment Aotearoa 2019 makes grim reading about the impact of humans on the planet. Is the Government brave enough to ...

OPINION: Jacinda Ardern called climate change our "nuclear-free" moment. A damning new report suggests the Doomsday Clock has moved closer to midnight.

What they really said on CGT

Federated Farmers vice-president Andrew Hoggard has welcomed news there will not be a capital gains tax.

OPINION: The Press presents the capital gains tax discussion, translated for our readers.

The week in good news

Lorde sings to Christchurch at the You Are Us/Aroha Nui concert.

OPINION: There is good news if you know where to look.

Attack triggers old trauma again

A scene from the national remembrance service in Christchurch's Hagley Park for victims of the March 15 terror attack. ...

OPINION: The symptoms might be familiar to many Cantabrians: Forgetfulness, an inability to focus, difficulty in completing simple tasks, anxiety, irritability, insomnia.

Lime scooters are feminist chariots

Lime scooters: a life-changing innovation for young urban women.

OPINION: They're a young woman's trust steed in a dark city full of misogynists.

The holy and the self-righteous

Julian Assange on his way to court in London last week after his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy.

OPINION: I wept for Notre Dame, but not for Assange (though I hope his cat's OK).

Census gap a threat to policy

Joel Hernandez says the Census data gap means researchers can no longer be confident information is "representative of ...

OPINION: You can't fill a data gap with data that doesn't exist.

Political capital but for what gain? video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ruled out a capital gains tax.

OPINION: Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between cowardice and pragmatism.

Adapt plan for square's users

Skaters enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Washington Way Skate Park.

OPINION: Washington Way Skate Park has been a huge success.

Notre Dame: Too big to fail

Flames and smoke rise as the spire on Notre Dame cathedral collapses in Paris.

OPINION: French President Emmanuel Macron says Notre Dame must be rebuilt. He's right, because its loss would significantly undermine the globe's cultural capital.

Folau honest about his beliefs

Israel Folau means well, writes Joe Bennett. "He believes we sinners are going to hell and not to warn us would be like ...

OPINION: What's the difference between the vice president of the United States and Israel Folau, the footballer?

Crisis lessons inform crisis responses

Rātā Foundation chair Christine Korako

OPINION: People are best-placed to lead their own recovery and define what will have the most impact for them after a crisis.

Govt must protect Assange video

Julian Assange gestures  from a police vehicle on his arrival att Westminster Magistrates court  in London last week. He ...

OPINION: Julian Assange was simply letting the world know what elected officials were up to.

Trying to keep hostage nurse safe

Louisa Akavi, a nurse from New Zealand who provided aid in Syria.

OPINION: The compelling story of Ōtaki nurse Louisa Akavi is one to which the word extraordinary comfortably applies on several counts.

Euthanasia bill left ambiguous

ACT leader David Seymour takes part in an End of Life Choice debate at Wellington's Samuel Marsden Collegiate school. ...

OPINION: No-one, not even David Seymour, supports it as it is. So why should it pass?

Fuel price help heading south

Mike Yardley predicts "growing pain" at the petrol pump will continue.

OPINION: The growing pain at the pump looks set to fuel renewed drumbeats of discontent, like an action replay of last winter's uprising from motorists.

When is it a heartbeat?

Australian scientists have grown thousands of miniature heart muscles in the lab, and they beat and behave just like ...

OPINION: New science challenges our understanding of what constitutes life.

Lessons from the black hole

This image released last Wednesday by Event Horizon Telescope shows a black hole. Scientists revealed the first image ...

OPINION: It's ironic that the most incredible human minds predicted the nature of black holes, which remind us how inconsequential we are.

Healing after terror video

Timothy Wilson is New Zealander and a Terrorism Prevention Programme Officer in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

OPINION: The UN can help New Zealand after the terror attacks, says Kiwi official.

MP lacks credibility on hate speech video

Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman is pushing for new hate speech laws.

OPINION: The best antidote to bad speech is good speech.

The ties that bind us video

Jane Bowron on the national remembrance service - the strength of the many was in the crowd that day.

OPINION: In times of trouble, we draw comfort from beauty, art and light.

MPs' brinkmanship damaging

Louisa Wall, who chairs the health select committee, put the vote forward for an independent review into drug buyer ...

OPINION: What is it with MPs and their incessant need to play politics behind every door?

God has words for Israel Folau

God, looking like His son, says, "If you took all the drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators and atheists ...

God the Heavenly Father is an armchair fullback. Who knew?

Aussie rugby right to sack player

Israel Folau has strong religious beliefs, and he's not afraid to share them.

OPINION: It's a case of two strikes and you're out for Folau, but free speech is bigger than one man's folly.

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