Have church, willing to negotiate

OPINION: Timaru businessman Dean Van Buuren opening himself to criticism seeking public support to preserve church.

Government won't want another by-election

OPINION: Winston Peters' landslide win in Northland on Saturday is being seen in part as reflective of dissatisfaction in the provinces of the Government.

Importance of customer service

OPINION: Writing a bad-taste joke on the inside of a pizza box wasn't the brightest of pranks.

Sure this won't be the last we see of Clarkson

OPINION: It's hard to imagine Jeremy Clarkson just fading away - he'd get bored.

Not 'just a game'

OPINION: It is more than a day since the event, but it was so special it still deserves comment.

Crash raises insurance questions

It happened outside our patch, but the aftermath of a crash involving a tourist driver on the West Coast poses some interesting questions.

Parents deserve good talking to

OPINION: You'd imagine the rector of St Bede's College in Christchurch would have been more than a little peeved yesterday.

No excuse for workplace deaths

When we head off to work each day, we do so with the reasonable expectation that we will make it home again.

Geraldine boys do themselves proud

Crikey. Going to Wellington to talk to a room full of politicians. Sounds daunting.

Sheep report findings have impact here

OPINION: A consolidation of meat processing plants would invariably hurt South Canterbury.

High-flying MPs brought down to earth

OPINION: Complaints over a reduced air travel perk made me chuckle.

Comparison not easy to stomach

OPINION: For many of us, a million dollars would be a life-changing amount.

Stupidity of Timaru drivers

OPINION: Let's face it, Timaru drivers can be pretty shocking.

Economic terrorist must be caught

OPINION: Your position is clear: 1080 poison is bad because it kills animals indiscriminately.

Voters will be just loving this

Northland is set to benefit from whatever the opposite of a perfect storm is. Its components are these:

At what point does a finder become a thief?

Finders, keepers; losers, weepers.

Small deficit won't do for National

Finance Minister Bill English has been given another platform for grandstanding about his budget management.

We don't like being kept in the dark

OPINION: The word "spying" brings with it negative connotations.

Hey, what about the Mackenzie District?

OPINION: "What about us?" That was the immediate reaction to the news that the visiting drivers safety programme was being extended.

Stubbing out smoking delicate process

Achieving a smokefree New Zealand is going to be a case of one step at a time.

Internet changing attitudes on privacy

There are two words to remember when dealing with digital data: Be careful.

Study on sports facilities would be welcomed

Keen: Paul Alo-Emile likes getting out on the field.

OPINION: The Timaru District Council appears to be taking a step in the right direction regarding future big spending on sports grounds. In this week's annual budget meeting, there were a couple of surprises.

More data needed on foreign driver issue

OPINION: A better breakdown of foreign driver crashes is needed to get a clear picture of how best to deal with the issue.

Little choice in Isis fight

OPINION: Isis may be baiting us all into a war with beheadings, but doing nothing isn't an option.

Greater expertise needed in Bain compo case

OPINION: The one thing you can say about the David Bain compensation case is that it has been a mess.

Finally addressing smog issue

OPINION: So now we're getting to the nitty-gritty to fix Timaru's winter smog problem.

Won't be easy to change habits

OPINION: Given the cost of food, it is surprising that anyone would throw quite edible stuff in the rubbish.

Goodbye Celia

OPINION: The passing of Celia Lashlie was a shock, because it came so suddenly and because she mattered.

Inaction a load of rubbish

OPINION: Will the person who dumped rubbish on the Opihi River get away with it?

Bids to beat water restrictions not on

Local authorities are, on the whole, averse to carrying out prosecutions of residents and ratepayers who break the rules.

Video hook-ups just moving with the times

OPINION: Some may see a move to allow Timaru District councillors to attend meetings via video conferencing as a watering down of democracy.

A struggle to question timing

OPINION: Just in case you hadn't realised it until now, we're in a drought.

Let's show the world a good time

OPINION: The phoney wars are over, now it's time to brace for the real action.

In-depth analysis of incident needed

OPINION: Thankfully it's not an everyday occurrence to find log trucks parked up in Timaru's CBD on a weekday morning.

Heads should roll over licence renewal gaffe

OPINION: Helped by the Kiwi dollar's decline against the greenback, the United States is on the verge of becoming the New Zealand wine industry's biggest export market.

Today's a family day

OPINION: The Waitangi National Trust describes Waitangi Day as a day for New Zealanders to "commemorate" the signing of the Treaty.

Midwives bridle at accountability

OPINION: Two widely publicised lapses in standards have bruised the midwifery profession's reputation in recent days.

One silent, one expansive exit

OPINION: The amount of information each contained was one big difference between the resignation announcements of Northland MP Mike Sabin and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman. The way the resignations were announced was another.

Time to pray for rain?

The cloud on the horizon in South Canterbury these days is that there isn't a cloud on the horizon.

Will Greek leaders decide to default on debt?

OPINION: Labour leader Andrew Little has promised the next Labour government will ensure New Zealand has the lowest unemployment rate in the developed world.

Selling state houses affects people

OPINION: Don't forget - the big numbers in the Government's state housing plan represent actual people and their homes.

Leave grieving mother alone

OPINION: It is hard to imagine a more horrific way to lose a child.

Dog bite incident a timely reminder

OPINION: It's a fair call from the Timaru District Council to not separate small dogs and large dogs in Timaru's new dog park.

Aucklanders, come hither for the good life

OPINION: So, it takes anywhere from eight to 10 years worth of the median Auckland wage to buy a median-valued Auckland house.

Hard road to fix phone dependency

OPINION: Do we need hands free cars - or is there an easier way to stop driving while texting?

Water shortage everywhere you look

OPINION: There will no doubt be grumbles about the now-stricter water use regime and, if a fire ban is put in place, still more about that.

Proper merging could have avoided close call

OPINION: I've sat on this topic all week, because I think it requires a considered response.

Safety programme only goes so far

OPINION: The Government's $30m driveway safety programme is money well spent.

Review needs to be constructive

OPINION: Mixed messages. They're a problem in many areas of life.

Let's do our part to fight drought

OPINION: I've been through a few droughts in my time, when water restrictions were fairly harsh.

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