Fenced schools a sad sign

Security fences are a common sight around schools these days.

OPINION: In my day there was no need for barriers. Local schools were our patch, and we looked after them.

Ahead of his time

What Jeff Coulshed did for women's football in New Zealand was legendary, his former players say.

OBITUARY: Jeff Coulshed was huge for women's football, especially in the Waikato.

'Got any money?'

Hamilton City Council recently approved a $60,000 pay rise for its CEO Richard Briggs.

OPINION: In the end, it all boils down to dollars and cents.

Suicide watch

New Zealand's youth suicide rate is so high it made headlines overseas.

OPINION: Our youth suicide rate is so high that it made headlines on the BBC in June.

The best special occasion wines

Touring through the vineyards of Gimblett Gravels in Hawke's Bay. The area is gaining a formidable reputation for ...

I have previously waxed lyrical about Villa Maria wines, and I am shamelessly going to do the same again.

Water tax common sense

Everyone has a stake in water, says Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern.

OPINION: The reaction, by some farming and irrigation interests, has been as predictable as it is ridiculous.

Two worlds, one city

A recent study has revealed that living in the Waikato is a scary experience - half of us look over our shoulders as ...

OPINION: It's not been a good week in Hamilton and the Waikato, but there is some good stuff going on.

Silver linings

New Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern’s wide smile reflects her promise of ‘‘relentless positivity’’.

OPINION: One could do worse than take a leaf out of Jacinda Ardern's book with her mile-wide smile and positive attitude.

Dairy's go-to man remembered

Who knew that when he joined the Dairy Board at 19, John Shaskey was embarking on a career that would include several ...

OBITUARY: John Shaskey was a modest, self-deprecating man, known for his equal dollops of integrity and humour, yet also a tough negotiator, who learned early on that relationships forged face to face were the key to a successful global business.

Lessons in survival

Waihi Beach was the right place to meet, talk and heal.

OPINION: She was his star pupil and now, 10 years later, she needed his help again. The lesson plan had an easy point to make: No one has it easy. There are always struggles for everyone.

Acting with true grace

Grace Stratton has been nominated in the Young Leader category of this year's Women of Influence awards.

OPINION: She is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy but 17-year-old Grace Stratton refuses to let that hold her back.

Morris Minor heartbreak

Janine Swainson with her pride and joy, 1952 Morris Minor, Mavis. Over Easter, Mavis won the Best Standard Original ...

OPINION: It takes some imagination to conjure the reasoning of someone who would pick up a brick and wilfully throw it into a beautiful 65-year-old antique.

Ardern, Turei give us hope

Like a latter day Joan of Arc, Jacinda Ardern appeared out of the gloom of tedious discontent with a vision as wide as ...

For all the right reasons, two female politicians have been leading the news these past few weeks.

No excuse for theft

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei speaks during the 2017 Green Party Conference at AUT Auckland.

OPINION: Metiria Turei is a thief, she has stolen from the state, and that means you and me.

Rights or lives?

Euthanasia’s current champion, ACT leader David Seymour.

OPINION: Submission arguments basically boiled down to individual rights versus the collective good.

Big Smoke snuffed out

The careers of Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, here attending The Killing of a Sacred Deer screening in Cannes, were ...

OPINION: The stars aligned when a small town team from the Tron lined up against the best big city film buffs.

In search of summer bliss

Hamilton empties out over summer, making it a perfect destination for those wanting to escape tourist overload in their ...

OPINION: When you live in a beachy tourist town, thoughts of summer holidays can fill you with dread.

Law man remembered

Sir Duncan McMullin was  one of the judges who was pivotal in setting New Zealand law on its own path, Chief Justice ...

OBITUARY: Duncan McMullin was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth but that didn't stop him from becoming a Knight of the Realm and a privy counsellor.

Opinion: Surreal moments Behind the Scenes

Danny DeVito met Kiwi international swimmer Toni Jeffs when scouting for a movie location in the Wairarapa (file photo).

Opinion: What does a Kiwi Olympic swimmer and an American actor have in common?

Nightshelters are not permanent homes

Nightshelter manager, Peter Humphreys was asked how New Zealand could stop people from becoming homeless.

Opinion: Wishing for a day when we don't need nightshelters.

No thanks, Boris, we're good

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is welcomed in Kaikoura.

OPINION: Britain has been a fair-weather friend and Tom O'Connor has no time for her or her foreign minister.

Biff, bowl or boot it the Kiwi way

The death throes of Euphrasie House.

OPINION: Peter Dornauf is worried about the contribution historic buildings are making to the landfill.

Help families, not just the kids

You can't fix problems with kids by ignoring problems with the families.

OPINION: Policies that help kids but ignore their families will never work, Narelle Henson says.

Meteor regains its glory

One Victoria Trust chairman Aaron Chesham, left, and National MP Tim Macindoe when funding for the Meteor was announced.

OPINION: The Meteor's reopening a night to remember, Richard Swainson says.

Melva Jefferies, nee Speedy, dies at 95

Melva Jefferies with son Doug on her 90th birthday.

OBITUARY: Melva Jefferies, the last of the Speedy clan.

Beware the rush to build homes

Max Christoffersen and his wife learnt first-hand about leaky homes.

OPINION: In the rush to build, are we seeing the next leaky home problem, Max Christoffersen wonders.

Synthetic cannabis a killer

Police released this still from a video when announcing the seven Auckland deaths in a month from synthetic cannabis.

OPINION: Synthetic cannabis is killing people and something should be done, Tom O'Connor says.

History should be honoured

Hamilton's Founders Theatre looks set for the scrapheap, just like Euphrasie House and so many others.

OPINION: The city's predilection to bowl every building with a bit of history is to be abhorred, Richard Swainson says.

Dick Spraggs an RSA stalwart

Dick Spraggs loved his gardening.


Parenting: It's all in the attitude

Upset by your choice to have kids? It's too late now! (file photo)

OPINION: All those who regret being parents need an attitude transplant, Narelle Henson says.

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