Rosemary McLeod

Alpha males' hug says it all in Sutton affair

OPINION: The baffling sex lives of fur seals would make you flinch, just like the strange urges of human alpha males.

Nothing new in children having multiple parents

Baby on board pregnant generic parent

OPINION: Senior international scientists are warning of the dangers of creating "three-parent embryos".

New etiquette for the elite

Miley Cyrus

OPINION: They used to have debutante balls, and now they have strip-a-thons.

Hacking awful, plastic bananas worse

rosemary mcleod

OPINION: So they opened Pandora's box, and creepy-crawly things gushed out.

Sutch paranoia way back then

rosemary mcleod

OPINION: Some of us remember the paranoia about the government security service, the SIS, in the 60s and 70s.

Gaza craziness

rosemary mcleod

OPINION: I had a kosher breakfast after the Berlin Wall came down, in a former synagogue that was now a bistro.

Articulate victims belie grim truths

Tania Billingsley

OPINION: Tania Billingsley hasn't been a pleasing complainant.

Leave my tea alone

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OPINION: Of all the nasty ways we've invented to avoid life's simple pleasures, the subverting of real tea, in trembling dread of caffeine, is among the least forgivable.

A turning of the tables

Silvio Berlusconi

OPINION: The dirty old man chasing a pretty young girl is a figure as old as men, but there's an update happening.

Twice in a week, Nats get it right

synthetic cannabis

OPINION: This week we have the extraordinary situation of the Govt doing two things that make absolute sense.

Getting stoned no boredom cure


OPINION: This could be the most self-centred generation in history, and probably is: it expects instant and easy gratification.

Featherston: A town with no values

Glen Jones killers

OPINION: What is wrong in NZ that makes terrible things like the Glen Jones killing happen?

Grand old days of innocence

Air New Zealand generic

OPINION: News that a West Coast school was in a flap over sex education made me nostalgic for the comforting imaginary past I retreat to in times of bafflement.

Cyber bullies ate Charlotte Dawson

Charlotte Dawson

OPINION: It's a hard fact to swallow but some people won't like you. And never will.

True love is a sister's battle for justice

Lee-Anne Cartier

OPINION: Forget Valentine's Day. It's the love of a sister and her fight for justice following her brother's murder that interests me.

Warehouse wrong on bikinis

The Warehouse

OPINION: It's a rare event to see a chief executive put his own foot in his mouth and swallow it, but Mark Powell of the Warehouse has managed that remarkable feat.

ACC all take, no give


OPINION: Bearing in mind that I pay, and always have, automatically through my bank, what's their problem?

Fight to remember war stories

poppy anzac day

OPINION: My grandfather was a kid of 20 when he signed up for the war to end all wars.

Weighty issues in slow news season


OPINION: There's a new enemy, the looming worldwide horror story called food, which everyone needs to eat to survive.

Expect the worst if you're away from home

Southland Times photo

OPINION: There is a rule about summer holidays and it is this: disaster lurks.

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