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A bit of a biblical occurrence

OPINION: On the drive to the tunnel I felt like Noah on reconnaissance. The steep road was awash from kerb to kerb.

Easter trading laws a farce

OPINION: It seems pretty obvious that the Government has lost all enthusiasm for Easter trading laws.

Drone use hits close to home

The death of a New Zealand-born man in a United States drone attack in Yemen raises serious questions.

Irrigation a key NZ challenge

OPINION: Climate change means New Zealand has to get real about irrigation.

More flexible training needed to ease crisis

OPINION: It's time for a shake-up in the way New Zealand trains its workers.

Canes starting to soar

OPINION: Former All Black says Hurricanes and Highlanders are New Zealand's best teams at the halfway point of the season.


Letter: Trolley buses too costly to keep

Sue Kedgley raises some valid points (Scrapping trolley buses foolhardy, April 21). But as good as they sound, they are expensive. The deferred maintenance and upgrade costs are horrendous, with some estimates well over $60 million (and that is only to upgrade the current limited network) plus the annual operating costs (which are significantly more than for standard buses). Skirting over these costs belies the fact that the tab must be met by taxpayers, ratepayers and bus users. We need to move to a low-emission fleet, but this can't be at the expense of increased bus fares. If we follow the Greens' approach we will end up with the world's greenest bus fleet and no passengers.

Will legal highs last?

Somewhat unwittingly, New Zealand has begun a world-leading experiment in drug liberalisation.

Cinema doesn't need liquor

I have often complained about New Zealand's unhealthy binge-drinking culture, so seeing Penthouse Cinema denied an Easter liquor licence gave me great pleasure.

Live chat: Mark Hammett

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