Local Opinion

Why the Max factor was necessary

Ōtorohanga Mayor Max Baxter deserves high praise for breaking a Covid mould. Since the arrival of Covid, the government, health boards and local bodies have staged managed information releases where and when they want. Mayor…

Lost – and found 

As some of you may have heard, last week we were able to return a stolen training AED and CPR dummy to its owner. That is the best sort of outcome. The Cambridge owner’s Australian relatives saw a Waikato Police Facebook post seeking…

Our tamariki deserve the best future

  By Nanaia Mahuta I recently attended a mass community vaccination event at Hopuhopu in Ngaruawahia “Aio Nuku, Aio Rangi”. Targeted at the wider Waikato region, it was great to see the so many whānau…

Talking Economics: Why is New Zealand’s Price Level High? 

By Peter Nicholl  New Zealand has had very low inflation for over a decade. Yet many New Zealanders who return from living overseas or people who immigrate here often say that New Zealand has a…

Opinion: our changing world

By Peter Matthews It seems trite to moan about recycling soft plastics in Cambridge New Zealand when across the world people are dealing with such crises as the earthquake in Haiti, unprecedented rainfall and flooding…

Opinion: In support of the boards 

By Peter Carr  Those who have had the benefit of spare time may well have attended (as the public) meetings of the local council. Not, I hasten to add, just the Waipā Council but any…

We Say

The axing of community boards is being considered by district councils from Wānaka to Waipā. And in both centres the boards are aggrieved. That’s not surprising – they have proved valuable mouthpieces for communities. What…

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…

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