Editorial

A sorry state of affairs

A sorry state of affairs

It is not often the public sees an elected representative moved to tears; equally rare to hear a heartfelt apology from one.

The port's forward thinking

The port's forward thinking

Those who fought so vigorously for container cranes and for the maintenance of Dunedin and Port Chalmers as the home for one of New Zealand's major ports must be pleased with what has come to pass.

Iraq – tell us the full story

New Zealand Defence Force trainers and supporting force elements are now established in their base in Taji and have begun the task of training Iraqi security forces in a range of military skills to help in the fight against Islamic State.

Cutting the council cloth

Cutting the council cloth

Here we go again. Anyone observing Dunedin City Council debates over the past two decades will be experiencing a sense of deja vu. Pressure goes on for more spending and the councillors crumble.

A tweak here, a tweak there

A tweak here, a tweak there

Listening to Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English deliver the Budget is hard work.

Fonterra assurance needed

Fonterra  assurance needed

Another fall in dairy prices yesterday will add further anguish for farmers already struggling with cash flow forecasts.

Tourism: Ensuring everyone wins

Tourism: Ensuring everyone wins

The gist of the comments coming from the Trenz tourism conference in Rotorua, which ends today, seems to be that a projected surge in tourists visiting New Zealand in the next few years will be a licence to print money.

An investigation into integrity

An investigation into integrity

Intelligence and Security Inspector-general Cheryl Gwyn has started an inquiry into the way the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) undertakes its foreign intelligence activities.

Welcome addition to tax law

Prime Minister John Key has finally acknowledged there is a problem in the housing market after months of shrugging off criticism the Government's laissez faire attitude to property problems was unsound.

Practical balance on quake risk

Practical balance on quake risk

As the dust settles on the announcement last weekend about planned changes to earthquake regulations, it must now be hoped they prove effective in providing promised partial relief.

Popping the housing bubble

Popping the housing bubble

Action taken this week by the Reserve Bank to try to cool the Auckland housing market has been widely welcomed, although there are still some doubts about the effects of changing lending rules.

'Having a go' and our economy

'Having a go' and our economy

Australian Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey released his Budget 2015 this week with a call that many people will see as the epitome of the transtasman cultures - encouraging people to ''have a go''.

Road safety everyone's responsibility

Road safety everyone's responsibility

The high weekend road toll has rightly reignited the conversation about our roads, our driving behaviour, and what can be done to stop preventable deaths.

Verdict for Lusitania

Verdict for Lusitania

''Wilful and wholesale murder against the Kaiser, the German government, and the submarine's crew!''

Rescue chopper comes of age

Rescue chopper comes of age

It is a measure of how much rescue helicopters are part of the scene that we almost take them for granted.

The 1080 threat

It is disappointing little progress appears to have been made catching the culprit who threatened to contaminate infant formula with 1080.

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