Otago Daily Times: Editorial

A $26 million diversion?

A $26 million diversion?

On Sunday morning, the All Blacks, New Zealand's highest profile sports team, will run out on Soldier Field before a sell-out crowd in Chicago, the first time they have played in the United States since the early 1980s.

Mind shift, and action, required

Mind shift, and action, required

There can be few parents who do not begin parenthood at least hoping, if not actively trying, to provide a good life for their children.

The importance of trade

The importance of trade

Trade Minister Tim Groser has emerged from weekend talks in Australia confident progress has been made on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, of which New Zealand is an active supporter.

Making room for a new reality

Making room for a new reality

For many people, the Kiwi dream of owning a house on a quarter-acre section in Godzone has become just that.

Swings and roundabouts

It has been a tale of two fortunes for city businesses this month.

On your bike in the South

On your bike in the South

Reports about business benefits in the Teviot Valley from the Clutha Gold Trail, the cycling route from the Roxburgh Dam to Lawrence, are encouraging.

Alert for NZ is well-founded

Alert for NZ is well-founded

The Canadian capital of Ottawa was thrown into turmoil when a gunman shot dead a solder guarding the national war memorial before entering Parliament where he was killed.

Crime, punishment, justice and vengeance

Crime, punishment, justice and vengeance

Judge Thokozile Masipa performed a reasonable imitation of Solomon in her sentencing of Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday evening (NZ time) at Pretoria's High Court.

Leaders ignore Russia at their peril

Sweden is on high alert, boosting its military presence in the Stockholm Archipelago as troops and helicopters scour the capital's waters for foreign underwater activity.

The importance of the arts

The importance of the arts

English philosopher Alan Watts is famously quoted as saying: ''Wonder, and its expression in poetry and the arts, are among the most important things which seem to distinguish men from other animals''.

Southern health questions abound

Southern health questions abound

Dunedin-based National MP Michael Woodhouse and National's No 4-ranked Steven Joyce regularly state the city is too negative.

Now, the real work begins

Now, the real work begins

New Zealand can be rightly proud of its success after a decade-long campaign to win a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council - effectively the ''powerhouse'' of the organisation.

'Urgent wake-up call'

'Urgent wake-up call'

It is difficult not to be frightened by the latest news about the spread of Ebola.

Leadership of a troubled party

Leadership of a troubled party

The depth of loyalty for Labour Party members will be sorely tested during the next month as four contenders chase the poisoned chalice that has become the leadership of the troubled party.

The SCF verdicts

The SCF verdicts

After a 14-month investigation and a five-month trial, the South Canterbury Finance hearing ended yesterday with former chief executive Lachie McLeod and former director Robert White acquitted of all charges.

Venturing into quicksand

Venturing into quicksand

As Prime Minister John Key and the Government mull New Zealand's specific responses to Islamic State and terrorism threats, it is worth noting the complexities of Iraq and Syria and the severe perils of venturing into those hostile lands.

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