Jane Bowron

Just how mean can energy providers get?

power cut

OPINION: When I hear bill-paying horror stories about old people, it makes me want to throw rocks though the windows of our great providers.

Gatecrashing ghouls 'bizarre'


OPINION: Halloween has come on so strong in NZ in the last decade, demonstrating the insidious cultural creep of America.

Victorious in quitting nicotine


An exasperated non-smoking friend used to threaten to insert a chimney in the top of my head if I didn't quit.

Trauma of a hoarded nostalgia

Wellington houses, generic, homes

OPINION: Having shifted seven times in seven years I've made the decision to never ever, ever shift again.

Tunnel tooters take heart

Mt Vic Tunnel

OPINION: We sound our horns in respect to Phyllis, or for the more lily-livered among us, to keep her ghost away.

Take your time and toot

Mt Victoria tunnel

Wellington's tooting tunnel has an unusual and dark story behind it.

Creative fashion takes over

Christeena Macdonald Paea WOW

OPINION: Even if you weren't fortunate enough to attend WOW, you felt its presence keenly on the streets.

Death throes, low blows

Hone Harawira

OPINION: Everyone could have used some pseudoephedrine on election night.

Soaking in it

Kim Dotcom

OPINION: Voting early, surrounded by ads, is a dodgy exercise, writes Jane Bowron.

Patience voters

OPINION: Surely it would be "unwise" to use a catchword of this election campaign, to cast your vote early.

From Thatcher playbook

Judith Collins

OPINION: Judith Collins concluded her resignation and exited stage right, not answering questions.

Told what's important

beehive parliament

OPINION: MPs patronise voters by believing they know what we want.

John Key up against Laila Harre

Laila Harre

OPINION: Today's head-to-head showdown between the Prime Minister and Laila Harre is where the real biffo could take place.

Bring on the bump


OPINION: Researchers have estimated that touching with closed fists rather than handshaking reduces the passing on of germs by a whopping 90 per cent.

Funny global anachronism

New Zealand at Commonwealth Games

OPINION: How nice not to have the steroidal big boys of China and America involved and winning everything at the Commonwealths.

And a mailbox full of bother


OPINION: Ever since I've been back in Wellington my street has been heaving with roadworks.

Winding up sacred cow


OPINION: Why should the Kiwi consumer, who must pay through the nose for dairy, stay loyal?

A dead end for Harris' artworks?

Rolf Harris

OPINION: The artistic work Rolf Harris has donated and sold is being dumped like a hot spud.

Hair length a tedious debate

lucan battison

OPINION: To have long hair or not to have long hair in schools is the question dividing the country.

It's up to 'the village'

Arun Kumar

OPINION: The killing last week of shopkeeper Arun Kumar in Henderson and the charging of a 13-year-old boy with his murder has everyone looking for answers.

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