Local Opinion

A warning on Airbnb 

Greetings for another week, Some of you may have noticed a Police presence near Lake Karāpiro last Friday. The incident in question was a good prompt for a message to all those Airbnb hosts in our community. Many of the guests you host…

Good news, and unwanted people

By Deb Thurgood I am happy to start with another good news story this week. At lunchtime on Monday, a member of the public reported two people behaving suspiciously in Cambridge East. Police conducted mobile…

Letters to editor about Newcombe Rd Quarry

No to sand quarry After reading your report in the recent Cambridge News November 18 2021,I am most shocked that a company would even wish, let alone think of defacing the beautiful country side of…

Teamwork gets a result

By Deb Thurgood Hello everyone, I am so excited to be down into level 2 with the extra freedoms that brings. I am sure that most, will be feeling a bit of relief. As you…

Housing for the future 

The accord between Labour and National paves the way for softer rules around housing, and it is raising ire in Cambridge. We asked Taupo MP Louise Upston for her view.  By Louise Upston  New Zealand has…

Something in the water 

By Peter Carr  In the early 90’s New Zealand decided that the parliamentary system should remain a singular House of Representatives – but that a portion of the membership could effectively get a free ride onto the green leather seats. The new methodology was affected with half the…

Look out for the young ones 

Is it just me or has November come around really quickly? This week I am writing on the topic of children’s wellbeing. As I write we have heard of the move to level 3 – step 2…

Why the Max factor was necessary

Ōtorohanga Mayor Max Baxter deserves high praise for breaking a Covid mould. Since the arrival of Covid, the government, health boards and local bodies have staged managed information releases where and when they want. Mayor…

Opinion: Caught in the act 

By Peter Carr Visiting Timaru two weeks ago on a business journey reminded me of an incident which happened 56 years ago. I was serving as Second Officer on a ship capable of lifting large…

Opinion: Banks are too complacent 

By Peter Nicholl This month, I return to my pet subject, interest rates and inflation – I was after all, a Central Banker for nearly 40 years. The issue is topical again because on October 6 the Reserve Bank of New Zealand…

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