by Eleanor Black

Yet again parents are coddled to within an inch of plausability, this time over breastfeeding

Good grief. Piri Weepu is shown bottle-feeding his six-month-old daughter Taylor on an anti-smoking ad, and somehow this image of nurturing and positive fathering is construed as an attack on breastfeeding. As my nearly-three-year-old would say, "What?!"

Get the latest election information as it becomes available, without having to watch the box

Tonight Scoop allows you to track each electorate as the votes roll in, with their Election Map designed by Keith Ng. Cleverly, you can also compare tonight's results to 2008. Hours of fun to be had.

Happy election night!


Two years after the idea was born, Confessions of a Coffee Group Dropout is on the shelves

I am not good at self-promotion, but I am going to give it a shot anyway, because if you can't write about your new book with the pretty pink cover on your very own blog, there probably isn't anywhere you can safely do so.

Is it time to bid a fond farewell to Sarah Palin? We wish it wasn't so, but it seems there is a new wackadoo political force about to take centre stage in the US--Michele Bachmann.

Drat. Just when I was starting to get excited at the prospect of a Sarah Palin candidacy for US President, it seems her near-run may be nearly over.

We have two three-day passes to WOMAD to give away

Okay Punditeers, we have two three-day passes to WOMAD (worth $458) sitting on the desk collecting dust. They could be yours, just comment on this post telling us why you want to go to WOMAD.

We are particularly keen to hear from Christchurch readers who could do with a treat.

Free stuff--Win two tickets to the Big Day Out with Pundit

Tool. Iggy Pop. Primal Scream. This year's Big Day Out big names have all been doing the business for at least 20 years. Or in Iggy's case, a whole lot longer.

Adding the all-important local, younger flavour are The Naked and Famous, Kids of 88, Bic Runga and Shihad, who will perform every song from their 1999 album The General Electric.

California has never been in bigger fiscal trouble. So who do voters choose as their new governor? Jerry Brown, aka 'Governor Moonbeam', the budget-conscious pol who was their governor 28 years ago

The first time Jerry Brown led California, from 1975 to 1983, he was the state's youngest-ever governor, a playboy bachelor who dated singer Linda Ronstadt and ditched the gubernatorial limo for a 1974 Plymouth Satellite.

People knew Nia Glassie was in harm's way--someone almost always knows when a child is being abused. A new book tells what you can do to help

It seems hard to believe now, with the benefit of hindsight and the kleig lights of media attention directed on the case for the past three years, that we ever believed no responsible adult knew what was happening to Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie before her death.

The national shock after her 2007 murder was palpable. How could this happen? Here? With no-one noticing?

Pam Corkery's proposed brothel for women--a world first--is another triumph for female equality. Yeah, right

I love an innovator, but I'm not sure why Pam Corkery's brothel for women is supposed to be progress.

You too can write like a Booker Prize winner or a pulp fiction bazillionaire; plus Chelsea Clinton's wedding

Apparently I write like David Foster Wallace. I know, it came as a surprise to me too.