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Opinion: Family ties and finding the threads

The Age of Reason By Peter Carr For several years I have been fiddling with matters pertaining to my personal heritage. The ‘fiddling’ part – in the earlier days – was because I really did…

Opinion: It’s time to kill the stigma around maths

Down with the kids By Matteo Di Maio Late last year, one of the American Democratic Party’s more idiosyncratic presidential candidates stepped onto a stage in Philadelphia. Andrew Yang, the former test-prep entrepreneur turned long-shot…

Opinion: A tale of two women

The Age of Reason By Peter Carr The much-trumpeted arrival of Season Four of the docudrama The Queen has, no, doubt, seen a plethora of people with free time available being glued to their screens….

Opinion: the power of thought

Faith in Cambridge By Murray Smith Senor Leader Bridges Church A phrase sometimes accompanies a gesture or gift being offered that is perhaps a bit on the modest side. “It’s the thought that counts,” we…

Opinion: good news — or is it?

No Planet B By Peter Matthews Scanning through the news this morning, I noticed an article on BBC News which claimed ‘one of biology’s biggest mysteries largely solved’ by AI. Normally I like the BBC…

Opinion: Mind your manners…

Faith in Waipa By Murray Smith, Senior Leader, Bridges Church Some time ago our family hosted some overseas exchange students on a home-stay basis. They were pleasant enough kids, but our lasting impression of this bunch…

Opinion: don’t believe everything you read…

No Planet B By Peters Matthews  It must be the internet – so much information so easily. I don’t remember being as suspicious of news sources in the days before the internet as I am…

Opinion: the haves and have-nots

The Age of Reason By Peter Carr During the second half of my perambulation around Northland last week I had the opportunity to witness not only magnificent vistas (both land and sea) but also to…

Community Board Report: Plan, reports and civil defence…

By Ange Holt, Te Awamutu Board Chairperson This month’s meeting featured a public forum, Waipā District Plan Changes update, quarterly reports for district growth and civil defence emergency management. There were also two applications to…

Opinion: Convenient flags — inconvenient truths

By Ben Carey In the early 1920’s two American cruise ship companies were faced with a difficult task. The public wanted alcohol to be served on the ships, but America was in a time of…

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