Otago Daily Times: Editorial

Trade, but at what cost?

Trade, but at what cost?

Trade agreements have again become hot topics as the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii continue grinding along this week.

Sad saga of two flights continues

Sad saga of two flights continues

This week's developments regarding the two ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flights have put the spotlight back on those tragic events.

Risk assessment and hindsight

Risk assessment and hindsight

Details of Tony Douglas Robertson's criminal history make for grim reading.

Healthy outcome sought

Healthy outcome sought

The furore over the leaked document which reveals plans for a major overhaul of district health board governance is understandable given the highly charged emotions relating to the health sector, but the issue needs to be considered in context.

Immigration lures and fish-hooks

Immigration lures and fish-hooks

The Government's announcement of a range of incentives to attract immigrants to the provinces is welcome, although it remains to be seen whether the measures will make any significant difference in terms of regional development or have any impact on the Auckland housing crisis.

Growing Labour pains

The British Labour Party - already deep in political mire - last week found itself in further disarray after nearly 50 of its MPs, many of them newly elected representatives, defied party orders and voted against a Tory budget measure.

Councils' speeding bungle

Councils' speeding bungle

Parliament had little choice but to close the legal loophole whereby up to 25 councils may have forgotten to set speed limits on their roads.

Investigate the cause, not the result

Investigate the cause, not the result

Prison life is not meant to be easy for those convicted of our most horrific crimes, but allegations by Labour MP Kelvin Davis of a Mt Eden Correctional Facility of fight clubs, and worse, need investigation.

Dining on kereru

Dining on kereru

News kereru was served at an iwi leaders' forum which included three senior Government ministers has set the cat among the pigeons.

Balancing the need for surveillance

Balancing the need for surveillance

Concerns about the mass surveillance of New Zealanders reached a crescendo before the last election, when internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom engaged the services of Edward Snowden and others to reveal what he claimed was untoward information-gathering operations.

Tapping a deep vein of insecurity

Tapping a deep vein of insecurity

From a distance, politics in the United States can be something of a mystery.

Work of women noted

Work of women noted

The war has already created so many unprecedented situations that the arrival of a detachment of wounded and invalided New Zealand soldiers with a number of Australian nurses of whose ministrations they have had the benefit during the voyage from Egypt is accepted as an event quite in keeping with the times.

Our fascination with space

The world's fascination with space reached a new high last week when images from Pluto revealed mountains as tall as the Rockies - and the absence of craters.

Opportunities and challenges

Opportunities and challenges

It has been a week of bad news and good news for the University of Otago.

Facing a grim future

Facing a grim future

It is no surprise New Zealand farmer confidence has slipped given economic conditions, with profits expected to deteriorate.

New Zealand's property naivety

New Zealand's property naivety

National must be sweating over the likely reactions of its focus groups to the issue of Auckland housing and the role played by Chinese buyers.

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