Editorial

Embattled southern health services

Embattled southern health services

The latest news about the Southern District Health Board must be disheartening to all concerned.

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

It is now a full year since 219 girls were abducted by Boko Haram Islamic militants from a boarding school in the town of Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria.

Message about family violence

Message about family violence

The life sentence handed down by a High Court judge this week to a Hamilton father who killed his 8-month-old son sends a strong message to abusers that family violence will not be tolerated.

Flying the flag

Flying the flag

The  RSA has courted controversy this week by entering the campaign fighting against proposed changes to the country's flag.

Dunedin's musical prodigies

Dunedin's musical prodigies

The Stratford Post says that a record has been put up by two local girls in the Trinity College musical examination.

Fading memories

Fading memories

Dame Alison Holst has been part of New Zealand's pysche for such a long time it is hard to remember a time when her cookbooks were not resplendent in the country's kitchens.

Autumn of discontent

Lavish praise is again being heaped upon the New Zealand economy by bank economists and overseas observers. The term ''rock star economy'' has become part of economic folklore.

Migrants: Otago's gain

Migrants: Otago's gain

The influx of migrants into Otago, and especially into coastal Otago, is good news. As Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said, the immigration is ''very encouraging''.

A dry argument

A dry argument

The word ''drought'' seems to have disappeared from the everyday conversations of New Zealanders who have been basking in a warmer start to autumn and an Easter weekend bathed in sunshine.

CYF review sorely needed

Last week's announcement of a comprehensive review of Child, Youth and Family is welcome.

Passport change overdue

Passport change overdue

The likely move to 10-year New Zealand passports is not before time.

Regional solution to housing

Regional solution to housing

Housing affordability is a problem not going away for first-home buyers, despite the best efforts of the Government to provide some help to those anxious to start a life in their new home.

Jesus: freeing us from bondage

Jesus: freeing us from bondage

I have always loved Easter.

Jolting any university complacency

Jolting any university complacency

Whatever the spin from the University of Otago, the sudden drop in first-year domestic student numbers is a shock.

Brakes on RMA reforms

Brakes on RMA reforms

Prime Minister John Key's statement that National will have to ''rip up'' its proposed changes to the Resource Management Act in the wake of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters' win in the Northland by-election seems somewhat petulant given longstanding and widespread opposition to the plans.

Peters changes the rules

Peters changes the rules

For years, New Zealand regions have been telling the John Key-led Government not to ignore the influence those areas have on the country's economy.

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