Local Opinion

Taking responsibility 

Hello everyone, I hope you have all had a good week, and marked the public holiday memorialising HRH Queen Elizabeth in whatever way felt best for your whānau. School holidays are upon us so its…

Forever at your service

‘Continuity’, ‘loss’ and ‘service’ have been at the forefront of adjectives used by both mainstream and social media in recent days. Globally, due to the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and locally, following…

The Age of Reason: Follow the leader ….

This is indeed a tumultuous month with the international scene overshadowed by the sad passing of a wonder lady, mother and world leader. The media from around the world is showering us with completely understandable…

Britain’s economic own-goal

The United Kingdom last week got a new Monarch and a new Prime Minister. King Charles III and Liz Truss could scarcely have taken up their new roles in less propitious circumstances. The annual inflation…

A farewell, and a greeting 

Early last Friday, the world received the news that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away.  This week also we celebrate Māori Language Week, 50 years after the petition for te reo Māori was deliverd to…

Remove the incentive

Hello all, reviewing last week’s incidents before writing my column this week, a couple of things stood out. I’ll start with burglaries.  We had a spate of thefts from cars on private properties in St…

Thinking of summer

My office window frames a damp Monday with snow forecast further south on the Desert Road. A stay-at-home sort of day. Given that the country (in parts) has been experiencing record rainfall we need some…

Help with children

Hello and happy Spring! This week 6-10 September 2022 is Child Safeguarding week. The purpose of Child Safeguarding Week is to raise awareness, support and educate, and to spread the word about what we can…

Do we need more people? 

A recent article on immigration in a daily newspaper had a provocative headline: ‘Optimum Population: Govt Immigration Statement should allow 4 million more people’. One argument was that New Zealand currently has two job vacancies…

Risks of sleeping rough

Spring has sprung and it’s been great to see the sunshine again. Not everyone has had a warm house in which to sleep during winter however. Of late, I have had a few discussions around…

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