Local Opinion

Postcard from a sister city

Deputy Mayor Liz Stolwyk is in France as part of a Waipā delegation attending the opening of the New Zealand Liberation Museum. She filed this column from Le Quesnoy for readers of The News. It…

Crashes and counterfeits

Monday – Police located a male asleep in a crashed car on a rural road. It is suspected that the driver was affected by an unknown substance. Police attended a family harm incident that was…

Caring for what is created

As Spring arrives, this year I have decided to get into growing fruits and vegetables. Having been given a couple of strawberry plants, I have built a little raised garden and am beginning my journey…

From stacks to bales

Copious rainfall in the Te Awamutu district led to prolific pasture growth but changeable weather delayed hay making. Progressive settlers were considering using modern machinery to bale hay crops instead of the usual custom of…

The week in review

Here’s a look at how the week panned out for police in Te Awamutu. Monday – Police attended two vehicle collisions, a family harm involving damage to property, a shoplifting incident was reported, we  transported…

Into the wild

In light of recent news reports of hikers being rescued from the Tongariro/Ngāuruhoe volcanic complex, I hope it will help to share how I get ready for fieldwork as a volcanologist. Seeing hikers who are…

The death of Alexander Keith

A poisoned arrow struck the neck of Alexander Keith and was swiftly removed then cauterised with a hot iron by a ship’s mate. The arrow was fired by a South Sea’s Islander and was yet…

Don’t hesitate, get out

You are enjoying a Kiwi summer road trip around Ruapehu volcano, checking out the gorgeous views and beautiful, clear rivers. You are sitting down with friends or family alongside a river soaking in the sun…

Why I voted ‘no’

Waikato Regional Council has just voted to retain its two Māori constituencies for another six years. Only councillor Chris Hughes and I voted against the retention of the constituencies, stating that we believed they were…

A violent past

“There was a violent roaring, lasting four or five minutes at a time… we saw a cloud gradually rising, black as ink… it was flashing with lightning in every direction, while occasionally fireballs, like rockets,…

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