Local Opinion

The genesis of racism 

The word ‘race’ as a noun has a number of meanings. There is of course the ‘race’ you run, a competition, and if you win you celebrate, if you lose you commiserate.  Then there is…

A drive-by catch 

I wanted to share some good catches made by the team over the last few weeks. A male from out of town tried to steal two televisions from a retailer. He was confronted by store…

More advice on CCTV

I hope the first week of the school term has gone smoothly and that everyone survived the wild wet weather we have had.  I’d like to start by praising the Cambridge High School staff, students…

The signifiance of the haka 

There is a saying amongst Ngāti Maniapoto which asserts, ‘Ki te kore koe e kōrerotia, ehara koe i te tangata.  Ki te kore koe e haehaetia ehara koe i te rangatira!’  ‘If no-one talks about…

Peer pressure and consequences 

I start today with a good catch story. Readers of my last few columns will be aware of the recent increase in youth offending and our call for the community to assist. Last weekend, a…

Getting into election mode 

It is election year – of the local kind. Like it or not we will all be bombarded with pamphlets, emails, door knockers – all of them wannabees driven to be seen at the large…

Stop and think

We’ve definitely had some wintery weather this week. As a result, we’ve seen localised flooding and fallen trees due, so please continue to be vigilant when travelling. Weather conditions aren’t the only risk on the…

Plan for the holidays

Happy last week of term two! I have mentioned that Cambridge Community Patrol are our extra eyes and ears. Our frontline team want to say thanks for some great assistance from their patrollers that occurred…

How next year computes 

Every dentist appointment and family gathering; every awkwardly silent moment that to everyone but me begs for Smalltalk seems to herald the arrival of the same question these last few months: ‘so, what are you…

Accolades for two writers 

There are journalists and there are reporters. And there are reporters masquerading as journalists. Sadly, television in this country has a preponderance of the latter. And there are invited opinion writers like me who have…

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