Local Opinion

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…

Opinion: The plague of prejudice…

Faith in Waipā By Murray Smith, senior leader, Bridges Church In this climate of awareness concerning pandemic spread, I’ve been considering how another pandemic is manifesting in our society. In certain respects ‘prejudice’ also is…

Opinion: conflicted emotions

No Planet B By Peter Matthews Many years ago a lawyer said to me that the most tiring thing about being a lawyer in his line of work, which was the family court, was permanently…

Opinion: It’s time to smell our roses…

The Age of Reason By Peter Carr One of the advantages of retirement linked with advancing years is an alleged associated quantum of free time. Free, that is, to be used in any way legally…

Opinion: Blind to the specs

No Planet B By Peter Mathews I think I lost an argument with the wife last night. She was telling someone about a pair of glasses; where she bought them and how much they cost. She…

Opinion: Can we get a blue-red mix?

The Age of Reason By Peter Carr One of the pleasures I experienced over the weekend was listening to President Elect Joe Biden set out his view on how he will proceed during his four-year…

Opinion: No pain-free guarantee

Faith in Waipa By Murray Smith, Senior League, Bridges Church Living in pleasant provincial New Zealand offers no ‘get out of jail free card’ in as much as encountering hard things in life goes. Sadly,…

Whitebait – time for change

Opinion – Tight Lines – By Ben Carey. There is to be a great debate to be had over the next few years. The subject this time is whitebait, but more importantly the catch limits…

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