Local Opinion

Green shoots look good 

Te Awamutu Community Board Column   One month after elections we are already seeing early indications of positive change for our community boards as a result of last year’s review.  All interactions with councillors and staff…

Supporting events: explaining our role 

About 30 years ago I helped organise sponsorship for what was then the richest football tournament in Waikato. We recruited sponsors and encouraged our Tokoroa club members to support the people who supported us. That…

Dealing with fire works 

Over the last few weeks since Guy Fawkes’ I have had several complaints come through about fireworks and the poor behaviour of some towards them. This is an old story that just never goes away….

Party time: so plan properly 

Recently I have been speaking to safety around alcohol. With the hot weather now upon us and coming to the end of the year I thought I should follow up with advice around managing alcohol…

Fluoride – no mystery here

The News ran an article in September headlined Fluoride call still a mystery. I’m not sure why The News is still finding the fluoride “call” a mystery. Perhaps they’re not listening to and reporting facts…

The view from behind the bar 

Last week I wrote about the concept of planning before you party. This week I’d like to continue on that trope. The Sale and Supply of Liquor Act is the law that governs how alcohol…

It’s as simple as 111 

I often struggle to find topics for me to write about for this column. I try to keep them to relevant and topical to what I see on a regular basis while at work. One…

Forever at your service

‘Continuity’, ‘loss’ and ‘service’ have been at the forefront of adjectives used by both mainstream and social media in recent days. Globally, due to the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and locally, following…

Voting: it’s time to check, mates 

This week voting papers started arriving in the mail for the upcoming Local Body Elections. The work that council does often directly affects the work police do in the community and can have long reaching…

The Age of Reason: Follow the leader ….

This is indeed a tumultuous month with the international scene overshadowed by the sad passing of a wonder lady, mother and world leader. The media from around the world is showering us with completely understandable…

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