by Liam Hehir

Everyone loses when families become fair game. That goes for the attacker as well as the target

Multiple motivations are behind my various attempts to reduce involvement in online life. The preciousness of time is a big one. The pointlessness of digital feuds is another. The inevitable temptation to meanness is a third.

The Leader of the Opposition forced a No Contest and inflicted a Dusty finish on the Wellbeing Budget... a story of politics through the lens of professional wrestling

When Simon Bridges leaked details of last week’s budget, it was a bit of a gamble.

While delving into the details of how Simon Bridges got hold of Budget 2019 details can bring out partisan nastiness and seem like nothing compared to the lives of real people, process matters and it‘s good someone is keeping watch

This column by Bernard Hickey was interesting and, as a friend put it, is getting a lot of online love. The

It is just impossible to dismiss the prejudice behind a lot of the criticism targeted at the rookie Green MP

The fact that Green MP Golriz Ghahraman now requires 

Labour came to the only logical conclusion, with a little help from its friends. A Capital Gains Tax was little more than scratching an itch of its voting base, but would have done little for the country and the government

The decision of the Labour-led government to back away from a capital gains tax was a good move in a number of ways.

At first blush the censorship of the Christchurch killer's document explaining the attacks may look like a serious intrusion on free speech. But context and content are everything

The Chief Censor, David Shanks, has ruled The Great Replacement, supposedly the manifesto of the Christchurch terrorist, to be an objectionable piece of work. Accordingly, it is an offence for any person to possess, copy or distribute the work in New Zealand. 

Whitcoulls has caused something of a furore by taking Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life off its shelves. How much should we worry when books start to be censored?

In response to the Christchurch terror attacks, Whitcoulls no longer sells 12 Rules for Life by controversial psychologist Jordan Peterson. It's hard to understand, precisely, what this will achieve. 

I’ve never been able to finish the book myself but that’s more because I found it uninteresting rather than morally repugnant.

In other times and places, the right to bear arms has involved self-defence and the right to resist oppression. But changes to technology and laws mean even conservatives should be comfortable with where our politicians are going

After the terrible atrocities of March 15 we are, inevitably, going to get some kind of reform to our gun laws. It's very likely some classes of weapons will be subject to new restrictions, while other will be banned. Whatever is agreed, the will of parliament will prevail and interested parties will not have recourse to the courts to thwart the legislature.

The unspeakable evil of the day when lives were stolen. 

As we reel from the shocking events at the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre, we can only ache for and mourn the victims of these terrible murders in Christchurch.

Some seem keen to ignore the chaos on Venezuela, not least because Donald Trump has taken a stance against the dictator Nicolo Maduro. But that's a mistake and New Zealand's silence only lines us up again alongside Putin's Russia

This month I have written two columns for Stuff on the catastrophe currently unfolding in Venezuela (here and here