OPINION: You're free to "stick to your own kind". You just can't force others to follow your faulty philosophy of human relations.
To quote Rabbie Burns: The best laid schemes o' mice an' men/ Gang aft agley
OPINION: Reflection can take you to some unexpected places.
Opinion: It's a sunny day as I write this, which surprises me because a couple of days ago the weather forecast was quite dire: cloudy, cold winds and squally showers.
OPINION: Ōtautahi is going to be all right.
OPINION: It was an interesting scenario – actor Sam Neill claiming he almost choked on his porridge at one of his Central Otago vineyards recently when he saw that the UK media were claiming that their latest cricket hero, Ben Stokes, was English.
OPINION: Sometimes the 'satire defence' for offensive speech just doesn't work
OPINION: To all rugby fans looking forward to watching the Rugby World Cup on Spark Sport, all I can say is "good luck with that".
OPINION: When does banter go too far?
Opinion: They are ubiquitous and the fulfilment of the world George Orwell anticipated when he wrote his prophetic but chilling novel, 1984.
Opinion: I've heard of it raining cats and dogs but this was the first time I'd heard of a bear falling out of the sky.
OPINION: Sometimes I think we just don't use this short phrase enough.
Opinion: On Saturday I embarked on a 220 kilometre journey through the Southern Alps to the West Coast.
OPINION: Consider your local dairy, and its owners.
OPINION: There was a time when I was almost the complete grammar snob.
What would you say to someone if you came back from a big trip and all you could afford to bring for them as a present was a cheap pen?
OPINION: A late gig and an early flight are manageable when the music is compelling.
I smell a rat - or at least I did until a short time ago.
OPINION: A couple of sayings have recurred to me in the wake of Monday morning's heart-stopping climax to the Cricket World Cup final.
OPINION: Capital gains taxes, less punitive approaches to criminal justice and substantive welfare
Opinion: I decided as long ago as last week that this week I would devote my column to the Black Caps' participation in their second successive Cricket World Cup final.
OPINION: You can learn a lot writing about divisive issues, like changing the Crusaders' name.
OPINION: I'm sorry, but I have to say it. I don't want the Crusaders to win the Super Rugby final on Saturday night.
There's long been an underlying animosity between the French and the English.
OPINION: Justice Minister Andrew Little has ignored human rights warnings, instead focusing on Kmart shopping.
OPINION: What does Michael Ball make of it all?
OPINION: A couple of years ago Derek Burrows says he was fortunate enough to visit Iran.
OPINION: There's been a lot of talk – too much talk – about speech.
OPINION: Somewhere, tucked away in a box or an old suitcase, I've got the autograph of my schoolboy football hero, Duncan Edwards.
OPINION: I've been pondering when exactly the term 'social justice warrior' became an insult.