Editorial

Highlander guts and glory

Highlander guts and glory

Fairytales do come true - at least the sporting kind. The South will salute the Highlanders rugby team at a street parade in Dunedin today, with players and fans alike elated after the 21-14 win on Saturday night against the Hurricanes.

Hospital fears and frustrations

Hospital fears and frustrations

News this week about surgical training at Dunedin Hospital is concerning and upsetting.

Role for workplace drug testing

Role for workplace drug testing

There are some scary figures on drug use in New Zealand. One official source claims 48% of those in full-time jobs are binge drinkers, while one survey says 10% to 15% of people aged between 15 and 64 smoked cannabis in the previous year.

Balancing protection - free speech

Balancing protection - free speech

This week's passing into law of The Harmful Digital Communications Bill has marked a world-leading attempt by this country to legally crack down on the global problem of cyberbullying, but has sparked a new round of debate about freedom of speech.

Our place in the world

Our place in the world

In the past few days, deadly Islamic State-linked terror attacks have been carried out in France, Tunisia and Kuwait.

The high land of sport

The high land of sport

The last two victories by the Highlanders rugby team show just why sport is so popular.

Visitor levy for Queenstown

Queenstown Lakes has regularly pushed for a visitor levy, and last week Mayor Vanessa van Uden said the idea was raised during discussions with the Government over funding of the council's $70 million convention centre plan.

Alcohol and moderation

Alcohol and moderation

Ideally, authorities would not have to impose alcohol restrictions. We, as individuals and a society, would have mature attitudes and alcohol would be consumed in moderation, bringing much pleasure and little pain.

Europe's future at stake

Europe's future at stake

It is arguable that not since the end of World War 2 has the future of Europe been so uncertain.

Learning political lessons

Learning political lessons

As has been oft-quoted in recent days, Conservative Party board members have resigned their positions like rats abandoning a sinking ship.

Removing silo mentality

Removing silo mentality

Dunedin has had its share of tragedies and needless deaths associated with violence which may have been avoided if signs had been correctly read.

Racial divide deepens

Racial divide deepens

Racism remains a blight on United States society, President Barack Obama says, speaking after the killing of nine African-Americans in a South Carolina church.

'Free trade' but not at any price

Few nations are as dependent on trade as New Zealand. We are small and isolated.

Interest rate cuts welcome

Interest rate cuts welcome

Economic news comes and economic news goes.

Personality, power and politics

Personality, power and politics

A new United States election cycle kicked off in earnest this week, with several high-profile names beginning their campaigns to gain their respective party's nomination in the primary elections ahead of the presidential election in November 2016.

Southern health's high stakes

Southern health's high stakes

The people of the South care intensely about the quality and range of their health services.

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