Local Opinion

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…

Opinion: plastic not so fantastic

By Peter Matthews My wife came home a couple of days ago with some flowers for the house. Three bunches of nice white flowers which I won’t pretend I was able to name, and another…

Opinion: Kiwisaver — think about it

By Peter Carr I am becoming increasingly concerned regarding the number of early withdrawals from the government’s Kiwisaver Scheme. But first a background. The right to some form of financial recompense for a lifetime of…

Opinion: a time to share

Faith in Waipa By Christine Bryant Lay Minister, St John’s Anglican Church High summer – the time of the year gardeners look forward to. At least this is true for those lucky enough to live…

Opinion: same problems, different day

By Julie Guest Vicar, Parish of St John’s Anglican Church 2021 has arrived. Admittedly it was a fairly subdued arrival but I was surprised by the prevalent, “Let’s leave the horrors of 2020 behind us,”…

Opinion: recycle — is it or isn’t it?

No Planet B By Peter Matthews We had the annual work do at our house last week; and very pleasant it was too. My boss organised the catering and so a van arrived at about…

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