Local Opinion

Waikato v the Boks: looking back to ’81 

Review By Peter Nicholl  Almost 40 years ago, on 25 July, 1981, hundreds of people stormed the field at Rugby Park, Hamilton, took up positions in the middle of the field and locked arms. Their…

Reflections: pieces of eighty

By Peter Carr Last Thursday was an incredibly special day for me which has set me off in a reflective mood. More on that later. In 1954 several interesting events took place – which included…

Opinion: those scientific “facts”…

By Peter Matthews I’ve received a few emails recently in response to this column, all so far disagreeing with what I say. People send me long letters full of references to scientific ‘facts’ designed to…

Opinion: living long and prospering?

By Peter Carr Sometimes writing about the ’oldies’ brings with it a feeling the folk of more advanced years do not care what others think, but prefer to take life as it comes. Possibly they…

Opinion from Nanaia Mahuta: An important conversation

Waipā is being asked what it thinks of having a Māori ward within its district council ranks for the 2022 elections. The News asked the Minister who prompted a key legislative change for her views…

Opinion: make greener the default

By Peter Matthews Something surprising has happened recently in Switzerland. That in itself could be surprising; Switzerland is not generally known as a country to catch the world off guard. For a long time the,…

Opinion: some right royal reflections

By Peter Carr By the time you are reading this the much-hyped interview undertaken by Oprah Winfrey will have aired. And you are possibly already tired of the subsequent drawn-out media hype that will have…

Money matters: is Bitcoin worth a punt?

  By Peter Nicholl Bitcoin is back in the news because of a spectacular price rise to over US$50,000. This surge was triggered by Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. He revealed that Tesla had invested US…

Tainui: wards are a step in the right direction

The News asked Waikato-Tainui for its views on the legislation introduced last week. Linda Te Aho, Chair Te Arataura, provided this response. Waikato-Tainui celebrate the removal of legislative provisions that have allowed a percentage of…

New wards: the pitfalls for councillors

The reluctance of Waipā District Councillors to openly discuss their views on Māori representation is not completely surprising. Nationally a vocal lobby has historically taken issue with councils who see to add Māori wards –…

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