John MacDonald is the Canterbury Mornings host on Newstalk ZB Christchurch
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John MacDonald: Median barriers - I’m with Greg Murphy on this one
OPINION: 'If money was no object - I’d have median barriers on pretty much every road.'
John MacDonald: The environmental disgrace beneath our feet
Pure, unchlorinated water is disappearing into the ground, says John MacDonald.
John MacDonald: Youth crime - are we reaping what we sow?
OPINION: It seems all year we’ve been talking about why kids get into trouble.
The prickly PM: Keeping it real? Or is there more to it?
Yesterday, Ardern was heard calling David Seymour 'an arrogant prick'.
John MacDonald: All I want for Christmas is a new Local Government Minister
OPINION: Nanaia Mahuta has blown it and I don’t believe a word she says anymore.
John MacDonald: Are our roads the worst they've ever been?
OPINION: Have we got a broken roading system?
John MacDonald: Three Waters is still a dog's breakfast
OPINION: Nothing is going to stop the Government's water reforms.
John MacDonald: Christchurch City Council has to consider asset sales
Opinion: Fancy the idea of your rates going up by 70 per cent over the next nine years?
John MacDonald: Mickey Mouse police vetting needs to change
OPINION: Five-year-old Malachi Subecz was fatally beaten by his caregiver.
John MacDonald: Local solutions needed for Christchurch’s CBD
OPINION: We’d be dreaming if we thought the Government was going to solve this one for us.
John MacDonald: I feel for the parents, but the child has to come first
Opinion: Health NZ seeks guardianship of a 4-month-old for life-saving operation.
John MacDonald: Crime statistics are only part of the story
OPINION: Christchurch crime stats at odds with the feeling in the city.
John MacDonald: Dear Adrian, where are these savings you talk about?
OPINION: Reserve Bank is out of touch with the ‘stop spending, start saving’ message.
John MacDonald: When it comes to mental health, the Government is failing us
Delay in the decision on future of Hillmorton in-patient mental health unit.
John MacDonald: What’s so bad about 16-year-olds voting?
OPINION: The Prime Minister personally wants to see the voting age lowered.
John MacDonald: End of the road for Waka Kotahi ads?
OPINION: The best thing they could do is spend money on median barriers.
Opinion: Don’t overthink repeat offender crackdown
OPINION: The burden is falling heavily on those of us who aren’t criminals.
Opinion: Smoke and mirrors - dairies cashing in on vaping craze
Opinion: Why are dairies allowed to have a vape shop inside their store?
John MacDonald: Reducing speed limits is a cop-out
Opinion: Waka Kotahi should spend some money on our roads.
John MacDonald: Black Ferns or Women’s All Blacks?
Opinion: They have well and truly earned the right to be known as the Women’s All Blacks.
John MacDonald: How to blow $33m city council style
OPINION: Upgrade of streets around the new Christchurch Stadium to go ahead.
John MacDonald: Pull the plug on unfair Christchurch water charges
OPINION: Not every property has its own individual water meter.
John MacDonald: Election bribe disguised as a rescue package
OPINION: If you have teenagers you won't feel the love for the Government.
John MacDonald: Guarded approach to security needs to change
OPINION: Turns out security guards have no more powers than you and me.
John MacDonald: Another fire, another reason to ban fireworks
OPINION: It’s time we stopped this ridiculous celebration of Guy Fawkes Day.
John MacDonald: Starship shows how beggars can be choosers
OPINION Never looking a gift horse in the mouth.
John MacDonald: Three Waters alternative won’t be plain sailing
OPINION: Councils want to hold on to the ownership of their water assets.
John MacDonald: Christchurch’s shameful welcome for cruise passengers
OPINION: First cruise ship in Christchurch since the earthquakes.
John MacDonald: Why should the slackers get the same pay?
OPINION: Fishhooks in the Government’s Fair Pay Agreements legislation.
Opinion: I’m listening to Wayne Brown’s Three Waters noise
OPINION: I never thought I’d say this, but good on him.
Opinion: Government needs to sort out its priorities
OPINION: Government has got it wrong.
Opinion: Our farming sector shouldn't be the world's guinea pigs
I'm not buying the Government's big sell job on this plan, writes John MacDonald.
Opinion: What is the Christchurch City Council thinking?
The council is planning to upgrade the streets around the new stadium.
Opinion: Will the real Phil Mauger please stand up
Mauger has won the Christchurch mayoralty.
Opinion: How safe are Christchurch streets after attempted kidnapping?
OPINION: Can personal safety be taken for granted in Christchurch?
Opinion: Excess water charges a problematic solution
OPINION: The new excess water charge came into force on Saturday.
Opinion: Tinkering with speed limits not the answer
OPINION: Police are calling for a significant change to the speed limit.
Opinion: Are 30km/h speed limits the best you can do, Waka Kotahi?
OPINION: Sights set on major Christchurch roads including Riccarton and Papanui Rds.
John MacDonald: Russia's ambassador is overdue a trip home
OPINION: When is the Government going to kick him out?
Opinion: Don't make Mahuta the spending spree scapegoat
OPINION: All this noise about her husband wouldn't be happening if she wasn't Maori.
Opinion: Meeting the PM in the WC - only in NZ, but for how much longer?
OPINION: Politicians pulling the plug on walkabouts has nothing to do with safety.
Opinion: Battery-farm schooling needs its wings clipped
OPINION: Spend money on teachers that will make a difference for our children.
Opinion: Thumbs up for Christchurch flipping the bird at the Government
OPINION: 'Brilliant move' -Council votes 'no' to new housing intensification policy.
Opinion: The vax rules are going, so should the punishments
OPINION: Those who lost their job due to the mandates shouldn't be punished any longer.
Opinion: We loved the Queen - but we don't need a holiday
OPINION: Is a public holiday justified on the death of the Queen?
John MacDonald: Northland lockdown cock-up reeks of arrogance
OPINION: The public service is more arrogant than the Government itself.
John MacDonald: Gang crackdown can't come quickly enough
OPINION: Gangs are ruining lives up and down the country.
John MacDonald: Are you ready to care more for P addicts?
OPINION: The Helen Clark Foundation has called for a new approach to dealing with meth.
John MacDonald: Road tolls, congestion charges - what is the Christchurch City Council thinking?
OPINION: Why is the council making it more difficult to drive into the central city?
John MacDonald: Government ideology putting money in the bank
OPINION: Spending $2.1m defending an ideology is not a good investment.
John MacDonald: Literacy in NZ doesn't stop at the Queen's English
OPINION: Teachers are going to have to up their game on the te reo front.
John MacDonald: The Zoom call is over but Labour is still on mute
OPINION: Why didn't the Government launch an independent inquiry into the allegations?
John MacDonald: Is NZ Rugby a disaster or a disaster?
OPINION:NZ Rugby look has shown itself to be arrogant and out of touch.
John MacDonald: Jacinda Ardern - the part-time DJ dancing on a pin
Opinion: National has done a better job than Labour over the latest bullying accusations.
John MacDonald: I've changed my mind about Ian Foster
OPINION: The rugby CEO media conference was all about nothing.
John MacDonald: Give Zac Guildford his 1st division second chance
OPINION: This could be a lesson for us all if Guildford can turn his life around.
John MacDonald: Attention PM - this is how you deal with a bully
OPINION: Labour's handling of Mallard has been shameful compared to National.
John MacDonald: The MP putting the bull in bullying
OPINION: 'Sam Uffindell is not the type of person I want as a Member of Parliament.'
Two commentators, one message: Why Christopher Luxon is struggling
OPINION: Nicola Willis might have been a better bet to lead the National Party.
Opinion: You're not in Guatemala now, Minister Little
OPINION: Teens don't watch Shortland Street - don't expect them to sign up to be nurses.
John MacDonald: Is it time to bring back the traffic cops?
OPINION: Police are not patrolling the roads as much as they should be.
John MacDonald: Razor Robertson has my blessing to leave
OPINION: Scott Robertson has made it clear he is sick of waiting for the All Blacks job.
John MacDonald: Christchurch Santa Parade now free of charge, needs more council support
OPINION: $15 entry fee dropped and moved outdoors.
John MacDonald: Shaw not wanted, but the Greens are still needed
OPINION: Does it really matter if the Greens self-implode over the next few weeks?
The Government is just like the All Blacks with its Three Waters reforms
Are they going to scrap Three Waters? No, writes John MacDonald.