Local Opinion

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 –…

Opinion: reality — deal with it

By Peter Matthews Standing in the shower this morning, I was thinking about reality and its different forms. There’s reality TV, virtual reality, and of course actual reality. At the opposite end of the spectrum…

Opinion: a touch of Southern comfort…

By Peter Carr I have just returned from a five-day swing through the South Island addressing residents of retirement villages. They are lovely people essentially over the age of 65 full of life, fun and…

Opinion: Five seconds too much to ask?

By Peter Carr The sad death a few days ago of Sir Tom Moore ended a remarkable event. This deep-thinking and caring man, who had been on earth 100 years portrayed a selfless dedication to…

Opinion: we’re like a car with two accelerators

By Peter Nicholl When I studied economics, I was taught that interest rates had two important roles. One was the cost of borrowing and the other was the return on savings. Central Banks over the…

Opinion: the good oil on Biden

By Peter Matthews The new president of the United States has been busy undoing some of the madder policies of the previous administration and it does feel as though we have reached calmer waters. Four…

Opinion: grand plan — but how do we do it?

By Peter Carr Firstly, a couple of up-front clarifications. I am not an avowed Greenie and I am not related to Dr Rod Carr. That said we shall proceed. About my Greenie views – these…

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