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It is extraordinary that Wellington City Council's chief executive could give large sums to an airline and leave almost no record about it. Kevin Lavery's decision might mean as much as $8m for Singapore Airlines over ten years, a substantial amount of money. The documentation of the deal is slender, amounting to perhaps two pages, with no sign of any significant analysis or correspondence. This seems a funny way to do business with public money.

Kermadec sanctuary must go ahead

OPINION: We need a framework for creating marine protected areas that places Maori and Te Tiriti at its heart.

Ge tough on bad dog owners

The Government is right to toughen the law on dog attacks.

Paying the polluters

Opinion: It's much cheaper not to pollute waterways in the first place than to pay to get pollutants out of freshwater once they are there.

Editorial: Compo for wrong jail time

Convicted criminals complaining about unfair treatment don't usually find a sympathetic audience. Convicts who want compensation will find even less understanding.

Leaving customers in the cold

OPINION: The digital tide can't be held back forever, but consumers who prefer bricks and mortar need a reasonable transition.


Island plan looks a winner

OPINION: Bringing the "Peter Jackson experience" to Matiu/Somes Island could be a brilliant idea, if it's done carefully.

Live chat: Mark Hammett

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett joins us for a live chat on today (Friday) from 12.45pm.