A mufti day is enormous fun. But time to give it a new name

Let's disentangle the prized day of casual clothing from its colonial connotations.

How the business sector can shake off its false sense of doom and gloom

Real data shows SMEs are in good health, yet business confidence is down. Three issues need tackling, writes Xero's David Bell, to reshape the way we view the small business economy.

The NZ First donations investigation had to happen. And ignorance is no excuse

Otago University law professor Andrew Geddis explains why authorities are so interested in what the NZ First Party did with donations to the 'NZ First Foundation'.

There is an alternative: Saving the environment without saving capitalism

A recent suggestion that capitalism was the only system capable of fighting climate change and environmental degradation sparked a lot of controversy.

Opinion Archive

Emily Writes: 10 reasons you should stop complaining about Wellington’s weather

Yes, the capital's having a shithouse summer, but there are plenty of reasons to look on the bright side.

Our Crocs to bear: Why the supremely ugly shoe will never die

Crocs aren’t 'back', they’re timeless. Josie Adams writes in defence of the injection-moulded clog that just won’t quit.

Scrapping capitalism to save the environment? Here’s why that won’t work

Given the escalating climate crisis and other looming environmental issues, has capitalism proven antithetical to the survival of the planet?

More than just electoral logic, ruling out Winston was the right thing to do

The decision to rule out working with NZ First was more than just cold hard electoral calculus from Simon Bridges.

No sausages or salami?! The country-of-origin regulations let pork eaters down

Finally, New Zealand is getting country-of-origin food labelling. But the recently released draft regulations are a missed opportunity to provide consumers with clarity around where their food comes from and how it's produced, writes Hilary Pearson of Freedom Farms.

Notes on burning: a stunning, apocalyptic essay by Kiwi crime writer JP Pomare

JP Pomare's new thriller In the Clearing is set in the Australian bush, with fire forever licking the horizon. He writes here about the view from over there. 

Julie Anne Genter: Why the ‘New Zealand Upgrade’ falls short

The Green Party transport spokesperson writes on the good, the bad and the ugly of the big infrastructure announcement.

No city for live music: Auckland’s gig problem and how to fix it

Anthony Metcalf on how our biggest city's paucity of music venues is hurting both artists and gig-goers.

On mana and misogyny: a message for Shane Jones from the Māori Women’s Welfare League president

The president of the oldest national Māori organisation still in existence has a few words for Shane Jones about his attack on Pania Newton.

Every great city needs places like Food Alley – but we need to back them

Our job as walkers of city streets is to continue supporting gems like the soon-to-close Food Alley, writes Miriam Moore. 

Jack McDonald: Why I’m endorsing a Māori Party candidate this election

We need Māori voices in parliament who aren’t beholden to the major parties, writes former Green Party policy co-convenor and MP candidate Jack McDonald.