Otago Daily Times: Editorial

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.

Unsocial media: what price freedom?

Revelations over a Facebook page set up by a University of Otago student in which members share explicit pictures of young women are upsetting and unsettling.

Chance for a clean slate

Chance for a clean slate

The beleaguered state of Waitaki Boys' High School in Oamaru and the major outside intervention necessary to address the situation is the last thing anyone could want for a school with such a long and proud history and close links to the community.

Primary interests in education

Primary interests in education

Expect to hear plenty about education during the next three years as the Government pushes on with its policies, often knocking heads with the powerful teacher unions, the secondary PPTA and the primary NZEI.

Getting its house in order

Getting its house in order

''The rumblings from a volcano'', ''a lot of unhappiness'', a ''standoff'', a ''toxic atmosphere'', an environment that ''generates conflict'', a ''withdrawal of engagement'', a situation ''at a critical stage''.

Redmeat industry reform realities

Redmeat industry reform realities

Yet again, the suggestion New Zealand's red meat industry should look towards adopting a Fonterra-type co-operatively-owned operating model has raised its head.

A beacon of hope

A beacon of hope

Hopelessness and powerlessness.

University must be safeguarded

University must be safeguarded

The plight of New Zealand universities competing in the international marketplace is concerning.

Expensive to save Labour

Expensive to save Labour

Labour is about to embark on yet another roadshow to select a leader, something which happened about a year ago with the selection of David Cunliffe ahead of Grant Robertson and Shane Jones.

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