Another year, another massive climate change conference under way which reflects much goodwill to do something about the problem but struggles every time to achieve it.
Today's Letters to the Editor from readers cover topics including the plan to repeal smokefree laws, promises around the hospital rebuild, and the situation in Gaza.
In the hurly burly of the runup to the eventual formation of the government last week, the Broadcasting Standards Authority’s annual report received scant attention in the media.
In as sure a sign as any that a new government is taking over management of NZ Inc, yesterday the www.beehive.govt.nz website — where all governmental and Cabinet announcements are aggregated — was down for maintenance.
Almost before the ink was dry on the coalition agreement between National, Act New Zealand and New Zealand First, public health advocates were worried.
Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the House, not a politician was stirring, not even a mouse.
After fasting 40 days and 40 nights without a government, New Zealand today will finally have a new administration to call its own.
In any early childhood centre around the country we doubt children are queueing up to proclaim they want to be deputy prime minister when they grow up.
Of all the images we see daily, the misery and suffering of the bombed-out, beaten-up people of Gaza, their grief and their helplessness, are the ones which refuse to fade.
If anyone in the health sector has time to pause for a few minutes, they might wonder what will be in store from the new government when we eventually get one.
The longer that forming a new government takes, the more that serious business is being left in the undone or too hard pile.
One place that New Zealand prime ministers become acquainted with very quickly is the departure lounge of their local airport.
In Opposition, political parties have a habit of thundering about the lack of government transparency and talk big about changing it once they come to power.