Local Opinion

More social media issues 

It seems normal transmission has resumed. I had major technical headaches last week with my email system, my carrier pigeon was sick and the Pony Express no longer operates so I was unable to write…

The death café

This week I was going to write about grief, something we will all experience at some stage in our lives, but for which we cannot prepare. I was going to mention our cats again, because…

Tell us, rural people 

Last week I spoke about general burglary prevention. This week I would like to discuss rural crime prevention. The first point I would like make is that all suspicious events need to be reported. Especially…

Time to harden up 

Recently in Te Awamutu we have seen a surge in burglaries. These are occurring both rurally and in the urban area. While I won’t go into the details of the investigation in a public forum,…

Get to know the candidates

Well, the local body hustings season is upon us. The aspirants for high office have been declared and their photos were shown last week. Colourful hoardings will start to appear, and many people will make…

Why local is so vital

A tiny corner of the internet is about to wink out. Tamahere Forum, a hyper-local community news website covering Tamahere since 2008, is closing down. News of Tamahere Forum’s demise may well reflect the quote…

Looking ahead to Christmas

As September is fast approaching it’s high time Operation Christmas Hampers begins to move up a gear. Our Facebook page has a new admin so if you’re on Facebook like the page to get regular…

Wellington boffins could have spoken to us

I grew up in Te Awamutu. Our township was my playground, knocking about with mates, riding bikes and playing cricket and rugby in vacant lots. As an adult, I’ve also spent time living in Cambridge,…

Love they neighbour 

This month Neighbourhood Support is focusing on spreading a little joy through random acts of kindness. It’s an interesting concept that does make our community a better place and costs nothing. An example is letting…

Play it safe online 

This week was Neighbourhood Supports scam awareness week. Scam emails or phishing is a common problem and very tricky to police. Essentially most phishing is generated overseas and not subject to New Zealand law as…

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