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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.
Opinion: Just do something - massacres need to stop
OPINION: US, just do something - anything - to stop the massacres.
Jo Raphael: Beak Peek or Chin Nappy - there's only one right way to wear a mask
OPINION: There is one visible reminder that Covid isn't over and won't be for some time.
Jo Raphael: Women facing uphill battles on many fronts in 2022
OPINION: Women are in a fight for their lives, liberties, equal pay and healthcare.
Jo Raphael: Digger the dog's return proves microchips' worth
OPINION: Digger's year-long adventure has a happy ending because of microchipping.
Opinion: Not many people have come through the pandemic unscathed
OPINION: We all know someone who's been affected by mental health illness.
Jo Raphael: Why I'll still be masking up in public at orange
OPINION: Covid is still in the community, which is why I'm choosing to wear a mask.
Opinion: Time to fund Trikafta for cystic fibrosis sufferers
This human misery must end now - it is gut-wrenching to read about young people suffering.
Jo Raphael: Women exercising alone should not face safety threats
OPINION: Having your security threatened takes a long time to recover from.
Jo Raphael: People should be disgusted by charity shop break-in
OPINION: A message needs to be sent that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.
Jo Raphael: Drug bosses now paying for their own vile crimes
OPINION: Drug criminals make money off people's misery - and it's disgusting.
Jo Raphael: Why I'm avoiding Covid like the plague
OPINION: The sooner we get out of this peak, the sooner we can get on with our lives.
Opinion: 'Shooting a little girl?' That is not war. That is a war crime
OPINION: We might have problems in NZ, but look at what's happening in Ukraine.
Jo Raphael: Supermarket profits are obscene - fix it now and don't pay lip service
OPINION: It's time we had more choice and power when it comes to buying groceries.
Jo Raphael: Find the money elsewhere - teachers shouldn't pay extra for certificates
OPINION: Teachers don't deserve to have to pay more for practising certificates.
Jo Raphael: Thuggish behaviour leaves a stain on our history
OPINION: We need to be united to heal the wounds Covid has caused.
Jo Raphael: Putin's a ruthless tyrant and we should be outraged
OPINION: We should all be outraged over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Jo Raphael: Dangerous, chaotic and filthy - protest needs to be shut down now
OPINION: Give us back our capital.
Jo Raphael: Loss of Rainbow Springs would leave a big hole in Rotorua
OPINION: When tourism does eventually return, these visitors need places to visit.
Jo Raphael: Don't waste your breath spouting conspiracy theories
OPINION: The Big Boost Campaign is on.
Jo Raphael: Your dog is better off at home by himself
OPINION: Rover should stay at home while you run your errands.
Jo Raphael: Travel is the light at the end of the tunnel
OPINION: It's time to restore the tourism balance.
Jo Raphael: No special treatment - Djokovic should be deported
OPINION: The minister should stick to his guns and cancel the visa.
Jo Raphael: Pests are a problem but prevention is key
OPINION: Critters are a part of this world and we have to do our best to live with them.
Jo Raphael: Buy now, pay later alcohol needs more oversight
OPINION: Alcohol on buy now, pay later services can be tempting, but not a good idea.
Jo Raphael: 'Racial profiling' should not still be happening in 2021
OPINION: Teen's experience shows New Zealand has more work to do.
Jo Raphael: Let's have clear rules to follow when making sunscreens
OPINION: It's unacceptable sunscreens should fail tests and still be allowed to be sold.
Jo Raphael: You have a choice about vaccines, make the right one
OPINION: Anti-vaxxers are not being discriminated against.
Jo Raphael: There's a light at the end of the tunnel for Kiwis to fly home
OPINION: It's about time a plan was in place to open our borders.
Jo Raphael: One night of fireworks is not worth the hassle
OPINION: Let's bin fireworks sales and concentrate on big public displays.
Jo Raphael: Don't let Covid vaccine fears put communities at risk
OPINION: Communities are relying on their leaders to do the right thing.
Jo Raphael: The irony of red tape giving us more freedom
OPINION: Those wanting more freedom must be willing to prove their vaccination status.
Tributes like kids' emotion haka for Wainui a way to show we care in Covid times
OPINION: Restrictions on funerals have been one of the hardest parts of the Covid era.
Jo Raphael: Good to see Govt working with Māori and Pasifika
OPINION: Give vulnerable communities the support they need to raise vaccination rates.
Jo Raphael: The race for 90% vaccination is on and we're falling behind
OPINION: The goal is to get every region to 90 per cent vaccinated.
Jo Raphael: Wastewater result shows why level 2 rules are needed
OPINION: A positive Covid test in wastewater will have people on edge.
Jo Raphael: Drawing back the curtain on our mental health
OPINION: Gone are the days when you were told to "buck up".
Jo Raphael: This is what I'm grateful for amid the pandemic
OPINION: Gratitude is about looking outward rather than inward.
Jo Raphael: Collins' attack on microbiologist is baffling
OPINION: Collins should be aiming barbs where it counts, not at microbiologists.
Jo Raphael: Welcome level 2, life in lockdown was getting too comfortable
OPINION: We mustn't let life in lockdown become too comfortable.
Jo Raphael: Level 3 is level 4 but with takeaways and online shopping
OPINION: Sadly, the Government has not classed throw cushions as essential items.
Jo Raphael: Mask up or stay at home - the rules are clear
OPINION: Masks are there for everyone's protection.
Jo Raphael: There's no way to call 'cut' on Afghani heartbreak
OPINION: The Taliban regime has a cruel history of torture against their people.
Opinion: Supermarket industry needs a fair shake of the sauce bottle
OPINION: Farmers' and supermarkets' margins need more balance.
Jo Raphael: Balance between personal responsibility and public safety
OPINION: Councils must ensure public safety when projects are designed to draw people.
Jo Raphael: Something special missing from Olympics
OPINION: The Olympics have already cost more than US$20 billion.
Jo Raphael: Let's keep world at arm's length until we're all jabbed
Opinion: Britain shouldn't throw in the towel and neither should New Zealand.
Jo Raphael: Family violence victims must be protected
OPINION: There is a heartbreaking highlight of the housing crisis.