Derek Burrows

Christmas, coming to store near you

OPINION: Halloween candy and Bonfire Night sparklers are barely over but already retailers in New Zealand are turning their attention to the next marketing opportunity: Christmas.

Flag change not worth $26m

'Not such a great idea after all'

nz flag

OPINION: Derek Burrows owns up - he made the wrong call when he supported changing the NZ flag.

What's coming out of this closet?

laundry, clothing, washing line

OPINION: Over the years Derek Burrows has acquired a terrific T-shirt collection. Now what does he do with it?

Time to retire 'knock-off' flag

nz flag proposal

OPINION: The PM has a new national standard on his mind: a redesigned New Zealand flag.

Call centre frustration

call centre

OPINION: I sat down at the computer on Saturday afternoon to complete the task of writing this column.

Password we all know


OPINION: I've decided at the weekend that perhaps it was time to employ a password manager, writes Derek Burrows.

Coping with new gadgets

iphone 6

OPINION: I find it incredible that someone would travel from the US to Australia just so they can buy the new Apple iPhone 6.

Challenge leaves me cold

ice challenge

OPINION: Am I the only person in the world who finds the ice bucket challenge that is sweeping television and the internet slightly distasteful and extremely tedious?

The root of ruthlessness

babe ruth

OPINION: Today we're going to talk about words.

Billboard shenanigans

Altered Labour billboard

OPINION: Vandals have already started defacing election billboards around the country, writes Derek Burrows.

Too many lack living wage

jaine ikurere

OPINION: There has been no trickle down to industrious Kiwis at the bottom end of the wage scale, writes Derek Burrows.

Shame about the beer

louis fenton

OPINION: It was one of those wonderful winter mornings that are a South Canterbury speciality.

Anyone else to clip my ticket?


OPINION: I'm fed up with the growing trend for big businesses to tack "add-ons" on to their bills.

Don't look - too late, the game's up


OPINION: The snooping agency you really need to worry about is Facebook, writes Derek Burrows.

Can an extinct bird save a career?

Trevor Mallard

OPINION: Trevor Mallard advocating to bring back the moa will surely be the most bizarre political outburst in the run-up to this year's election.

Suarez scuppers prediction

luis suarez

OPINION: Readers will not be surprised to know that I'm avidly following the unfolding of the scintillating football World Cup in Brazil.

Queuing part of British DNA

david cameron

OPINION: A recent poll of social attitudes in Britain revealed that 95 per cent of respondents felt immigrants should speak English.

Someone's fault, surely?

kew gardens

OPINION: When I was 5 or 6 years old I was running along when I tripped and fell into a bed of stinging nettles.

Good turn brings humiliation

zephyr zodiac

OPINION: If any alien from a distant galaxy had visited New Zealand on Sunday they would have thought South Canterbury was trapped in some kind of timewarp.

Ethical dilemmas shopping


I've just been supermarket shopping and I have to admit that as usual I found it a bit of a harrowing experience.

Refund policy OTT

air nz

OPINION: The sudden death of a spouse is a traumatic experience and certainly not one that should be exacerbated by unnecessary stress caused by outside parties.

Turning back the clock

bill haley

Sixty years ago last month, Bill Haley and the Comets recorded Rock Around the Clock.

Puzzling new depths below the Surface

support for xp is ending

As unlikely as it may seem I've just spent the weekend immersed in computer technology and I blame it all on Microsoft.

Barminess that relieves gloom


It's cloudy again this morning. In fact, it's been gloomy weather now for what seems several weeks.

Pity the airline, too

Malaysia conference on MH370

At the time of writing the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is still baffling the world.

Feeding the powers that be

power prices

I've just received my monthly power bill and it's for nearly $200, even though we are hardly in the middle of winter.

Long live meat-lovers


Recent research carried out in the United States claims that middle-age people who have a high-protein diet are at much greater risk of dying from cancer than those with a less protein-rich diet.

Brits in pieces without Andy Murray


There's a debate going on in the United Kingdom that's been overshadowed in New Zealand by more pressing international news.

Dressing down for dinner

derek burrows

It was surprisingly easy to slip into the role.

Comma's demise coming

john mcwhorter

There are already a copious number of preservation groups in existence but I feel inclined to launch yet another one.

Talent squandered by alcohol

jesse ryder

Why does God waste so much sporting talent on the undeserving?

Sponsored flag, anyone?

computer geek

Here we go again ...

Planning near perfect b'day

Roger Federer

Melbourne ain't so hot; in fact it's quite cool.

Phrase for every occasion

diana rigg anthony hopkins

Over the past few days - on the radio or the TV, I can't recall which - I've heard people misquote a couple of well-known phrases.

Beware of seat mates and their baggage

Helen Milner

In a few days' time I will be on an Air New Zealand flight and I'm a bit concerned about who might be sitting next to me.

Drivers up for a challenge

india traffic

The least surprising story of recent days was the criticism by a judge of an Indian tourist's driving habits.

Guide to enjoying a guilt-free holiday

marlborough sounds

It was a holiday that could have been lifted straight out of one of Tourism New Zealand's promotional films - perfect weather, idyllic setting, total tranquillity and more wildlife than you'd find in a Richard Attenborough documentary.

Despite all, she is the light of my life

timaru christmas lights

It's been an illuminating week. Literally.

Difficult choice, but ear wax wins

gift box, present

It's that time of year when our attention turns to thinking about what Christmas gifts we should buy for family and friends.

Miracle won't save Herbert

Ricki Herbert

Thirty two years ago - on December 19, 1981, to be precise - the All Whites kicked off on a seemingly impossible mission.

So that's twerking then ...

selena gomez

Jennifer Lawrence has a new pixie haircut.

Chivalry dead? This might kill it


OK, I'll come clean. It's now official. I'm a sexist.

Lesson: Paint and phones do not mix

Smartphone apps

Bear with me, because this week I'm writing about my new smartphone - again.

Room with a view

hospital food

I have been to this hospital before and I have to say standards have slipped since my first stay - I was born in the maternity wing.

Animal accents - pull the udder one


It's spring and the birds are in fine fettle, tweeting madly in the hope of finding a partner with whom to share an amorous encounter.

All hail the mighty handy smartphone


I read an interesting article the other day that claimed that smartphones are taking over Kiwis' lives.

Of course $33m win will alter your life

Cash, money, dollars, millions, billions

OPINION: It's surprising how many lottery winners claim they won't let it change their lives.

The geography of naming a baby

Beckham family

Since the Beckhams naming of Brooklyn got so much publicity it was inevitable that the celebrity-worshipping herd would follow suit.

Sporting curse back with a vengeance

2013 America's Cup

It was inevitable. The day I broke the habit of a lifetime and decided to watch live America's Cup sailing, the Kiwis lost their first race of the series.

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