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Opinion | I upped sticks and moved to Aussie - the grass isn't greener, so I came home
OPINION: Yes the work perks are better but what about missing your family?
Jo Raphael: We need to get back on track with childhood immunisations
OPINION: Imagine a baby having to deal with whooping cough. It’s absolutely unthinkable.
Opinion: Street racing law blows a lot of smoke, but no real consequences
Opinion: It was hoped the threat of car crushing would be a deterrent to illegal racing.
Jo Raphael: Grow some vegetables to shrink the cost of living
OPINION: It’s good to know there are people out there ready to help others.
Jo Raphael: Paws for thought - why dogs are better than cats
OPINION: Dogs are as attached to us as we are to them.
Jo Raphael: Protection of retail workers is paramount
OPINION: Retail workers don't deserve to go to work fearing for their lives.
Opinion: Rugby club housing plan epitome of blue-sky thinking
OPINION: Necessity is the mother of invention.
Jo Raphael: Elderly abuse is despicable, predatory and selfish
Because of love and family ties, the elderly are often silent victims.
Jo Raphael: Lockdown anniversary brings back tough memories
OPINION: We’ve learned a lot about ourselves over the past three years.
Jo Raphael: New series aims to help families navigate cost of living crisis
OPINION: I don't know how some families are coping.
Opinion: careers are built on blood, sweat and tears
OPINION: Hard work is core for success.
Opinion: Support the teachers who support our children
OPINION: Our teachers need more support.
Opinion: Time for more focus on financial literacy in schools
OPINION: Kids need to be told the realities of how money works.
Opinion: Retirees shouldn't be on the bones of their backsides
Jo Raphael says Kiwis should enjoy the fruits of their labour in their golden years.
Jo Raphael: We must take the bad with the good - we can handle it
OPINION: These days it’s like we’re all punching bags.
Opinion: Brainless scumbag looters soaking up precious police time
OPINION: One Hawke’s Bay village has resorted to blockades to deter looters.
Cyclone Gabrielle shows how real the threat from climate change is
OPINION: The impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle are utterly devastating.
Jo Raphael: Even my dog is more prepared for an emergency than I am
OPINION: Soggy Shaky Isles forces need for emergency preparedness.
Jo Raphael: Young people to be praised for their NCEA efforts
OPINION: Our young people are unfazed by small failures.
Jo Raphael: Make a plan if you're refixing your interest rates
OPINION: Rising interest rates are causing stress for some homeowners.
Jo Raphael: New Year's resolutions need stickability
OPINION: Congratulations — you made it to a new year, now what will you do?
'In past couple of weeks it's hit me that life really is a survival game,' says mum
OPINION: Christmas appeals bring joy to many of our families in the Bay.
Jo Raphael: Plan changes will be good for our cities - let’s grow up
OPINION: Jo Raphael asks, if not here, then where?
Jo Raphael: Trikafta funding huge coup for cystic fibrosis community
OPINION: The rollercoaster ride has ended with good news.
Jo Raphael: We need public buy-in to drive green initiatives
OPINION: The way forward is to make green initiatives attractive.
Jo Raphael: Fun can turn to terror in the blink of an eye
OPINION:Our water safety senses need to be heightened.
Jo Raphael: Private sales of fireworks should fizzle out
OPINION: Fireworks are annoying and cause more harm than good.
Comment: Let's hear it for the Very Good Boys and Girls
OPINION: We all love a Good Dog story.
Jo Raphael: Return of events sure to create pressure points for struggling sectors
OPINION: Let's make this summer a great one for everyone.
Jo Raphael: Cruise ship passengers a sight for sore eyes
OPINION: Welcome, the Bay of Plenty is open for business.
Jo Raphael: Emergency housing pain can't hide in the shadows now
OPINION: It's a sore, left to fester and now we're in crisis.
Jo Raphael: AIMS Games' triumphant return important to kids
OPINION: I wish AIMS Games was around when I was at intermediate.
Comment: Why New Zealand should study wiping student loans
OPINION: The move would go a long way to easing the burden of debt
Opinion: 'There's one thing I don't mind my taxpayer dollars going towards'
Let's get Trikafta over the line for cystic fibrosis sufferers.
Jo Raphael: Our local elections need lively debate, discussion and competition
OPINION: Some fields are wide open, while others are a cakewalk.
Jo Raphael: Operating behind closed doors is undemocratic
OPINION: It's time for councils to stop operating in secrecy.
Opinion | Pay healthcare workers properly and make the job more attractive
OPINION: The shortage is now. The need is acute. Patients and staff are suffering.
Jo Raphael: Since Nia Glassie's death, innocent children are still dying violently
OPINION: Since Nia's death in 2007, 174 children have been killed.
Jo Raphael: Fluoridation of water supplies Bloomfield's parting shot
OPINION: Fluoridation just one step in helping people make better oral health choices.
Jo Raphael: Scumbag ram-raiders' rampage needs to be stopped
OPINION: Scumbag ram-raiders need to be deterred from their trails of destruction
Jo Raphael: Our lives are in the hands of others on roads
OPINION: There's no excuse for bad driver behaviour.
Jo Raphael: Winter ills and chills just as disruptive as Covid
OPINION: It's time to look at how to adapt with a second wave of Covid looming.
Jo Raphael: Forking out for a 15 per cent surcharge?
OPINION: It may be distasteful to some, but let's turn a blind eye to a surcharge.
Jo Raphael: Political cracks widening on gun control in the US
OPINION: Cracks are widening in the US political landscape over gun violence.
Jo Raphael: Life is fleeting - it's later than you think
OPINION: The clock of life is wound but once.