A gracious people person or an angry jerk? It all comes out behind the wheel.
Clean-bowled at a young age, Brannavan Gnanalingam's passion for the gentleman's game has only grown over the years.
I was privileged enough to be young and stupid - and get away with it.
OPINION: Not before time, the Government is bringing in bigger guns in the battle against Covid and complacency.
I never felt overly connected to my Sri Lankan past until I got into the kitchen.
Forget the starving artist in the lonely garret, artists need friends, funding and festivals. Oh, and good primary school teachers, too.
OPINION: I wonder if there's a finder's fee for road cones that have gone walkabout?
OPINION: If you think you're being liberal pointing out how "white" a city is, think again. You're probably just being blind, not to mention offensive.
OPINION: Either way, the idea of people introducing themselves to the river is deeply meaningful to me.
OPINION: Music in its myriad forms is one of my favourite escapes, and being alone with my impressions in that remarkable venue felt other-worldly.
OPINION: South Africa first locked down the same week we did, but harder, level 5 to our 4.
OPINION: Creative people don’t just make art, although they make a lot of it ... They innovate, they invent, they push boundaries.
OPINION: Many high-earning hard-working New Zealanders have got there with considerable help from minimum wage-earning hard-working New Zealanders.
OPINION: Somehow the change of seasons, on that road much travelled, spoke to me this week of regeneration, of new life.
OPINION: We don’t have to learn te reo, but refusing to try feels a bit like a commitment to ignorance of our country's reality.
OPINION: With respect, the response gave the impression of being somewhat scripted, especially the dutiful laughs from Nicola Willis and Chris Bishop
OPINION: Military bases are by definition austere, basic facilities. That’s intentional
OPINION: There’s no smugness now, in the populous south-eastern states, but perhaps we’ve been guilty of reflecting a little of that back.
This is not coronavirus. You can’t 'catch' LGBT-19.
OPINION: One colleague told me to “have a good cry and get it out of your system”, as if the tears could wash away my sense of loss.
OPINION: A spate of white male MPs has crashed and burned. An E word runs through it
OPINION: For NZ citizens, when all else fails, this is their home, their place in the world.
OPINION: No luggage except that backpack over the shoulder? No problem. Travelling light. From overseas. Just walk in like you own the place.
OPINION: Somewhere out there, between smugness and heads will roll, it seems to our team like another staple of the national mood - she'll be right - has got a look-in.
OPINION: We can talk all we like about the dangers of "rewriting history", but we need to avoid whitewashing history too.
OPINION: We need to listen to the lived experience of people for whom racism and fear are daily realities.
OPINION: OPINION: I had no idea a long overdue haircut would be such a mental boost.
OPINION: OPINION: New Zealand seems almost utopian compared to Donald Trump's USA.
OPINION: OPINION: Downplaying our death toll dishonours those who've died
OPINION: Let's cut each other a little slack.