Opinion Archive

Six minutes of sunshine

It's a grim time of year in Wellington, but not only the bleak weather is to blame, writes Danyl Mclauchlan. 

Māori Television needs to go – here’s what should replace it

The head of production house Pango Productions lays out his vision for the future of Māori media – and there's no place for Māori Television in it.

Why we’re taking the government to court over mining in the Coromandel

The chair of a watchdog group on why she's determined to stop a new mine waste dump near Waihi on the Coromandel peninsula.

A case for bringing creatives to the governance table

We all know that diversity is key to improving boards. How about making them more creative too?

One problem with the compassionate leave ban: it’s quite possibly not legal

While the announcement that nobody in managed isolation will be allowed out early on compassionate grounds might sound reassuring, its legal basis appears extremely shaky.

Here’s a totally mainstream idea: let’s take the cars out of Auckland’s central city

Why isn't our transport planning keeping up with the ideas now transforming the cities of the world? Not radical ideas, just orthodox planning ideas, writes Simon Wilson. Like: banning cars from the middle of town.

Good riddance to New York’s media bullies, from someone who knows

Outsized egos, rigid class systems and bathroom cubicle crying sessions – a New Zealander looks back on her time on the frontlines of a deeply dysfunctional culture.

Does the health and disability system review deliver for Māori?

The Health and Disability System Review released this week nearly gets it right, but still sets us up to fail, writes consultant and health advocate Gabrielle Baker.

Why do we gather? To pull a more just and beautiful future towards us

Imagine if we collectively decided to prioritise help over handcuffs, prevention over punishment and life over death. 

Mihi Forbes: This will silence Māori media voices

The proposal to 'rationalise' Māori media into one news service is regressive and will further marginalise the Māori voice, writes journalist Mihingarangi Forbes.

The UK plans to ban the ‘rough sex gone wrong’ defence. Should we follow?

Widely criticised for its use in the trial of Grace Millane's killer, the 'rough sex' defence is a harrowing ordeal for victims and their families.

I’m 17 and I’m ready to vote. Here’s why I should count in this year’s election

Gina Dao-McLay from the Make it 16 campaign on why lowering the voting age could make all the difference.

‘We need to examine our attitudes’: Andrew Coster on policing and racial justice

Last night most senior police officer spoke at a vigil for George Floyd. Here's what he said.

Disentangling the Unite for the Recovery ad campaign conundrum

The government says it's providing an essential service as the country emerges from Covid-19; the opposition says it's election propaganda in disguise.

Simpson health system overhaul: The experts weigh in

The wide-ranging review is not the revolution many were hoping for, but those inside the sector still think it's a step in the right direction

On doctors, unions and competing interests

We in the medical profession can learn something from the new chief of police in Minneapolis.

Siouxsie Wiles to Paleo Pete: I’ll take medical qualifications over your ‘common sense’ any day

Every time Pete Evans talks about his 'wellness' beliefs, scientists and doctors line up to rebut them. That's because Evans' 'common sense' sounds a lot like utter nonsense.

And now, some good news: Three big opportunities to emerge from Covid-19

The Covid-19 crisis may have cleared the way for new growth. But where are we likely to see it?

Food media’s diversity problem: What NZ can learn from the Bon Appétit saga 

As the American media giant comes under fire for its treatment of POC contributors, it's time to talk about the whiteness of food media in Aotearoa.

Why is a bill proposing to shift power to unelected officials getting an easy ride?

In the 1980s, David Lange reformed the public service to improve democratic accountability. A new bill aims to reverse that.

If America can cancel Cops, New Zealand can bin Police Ten 7

After 31 years on air, the American police television show Cops was finally cancelled on Wednesday. Is it time for New Zealand to do the same to Police 10-7?

‘Stop immortalising a legacy of murder’: Which NZ statues need to be toppled?

Around the world, statues, monuments and place names forged in colonialism and racism are coming under scrutiny.

What next for New Zealand? Six visions for a post-Covid country

Visionweek is a web summit aiming to stimulate a conversation about the future of New Zealand as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis. We asked participants to give us their big ideas to transform the country.

Dear New Zealand, please don’t bring your war games to my Hawaiian home

The biennial Rimpac military exercises in Hawai'i devastate the environment and disregard the rights of its Indigenous people. New Zealand should not participate, writes Emalani Case.