Local Opinion

Opinion: reality — deal with it

By Peter Matthews Standing in the shower this morning, I was thinking about reality and its different forms. There’s reality TV, virtual reality, and of course actual reality. At the opposite end of the spectrum…

Opinion: Having a ‘good’ name…

By Murray Smith New Zealand’s early colonial history produced a surge of settlers from England as well as a variety of other European nations. A broad diversity of new ‘names’ rapidly appeared as immigrant families…

Opinion: A touch of Southern comfort

By Peter Carr I have just returned from a five-day swing through the South Island addressing residents of retirement villages. They are lovely people essentially over the age of 65 full of life, fun and…

Opinion: Five seconds too much to ask?

By Peter Carr The sad death a few days ago of Sir Tom Moore ended a remarkable event. This deep-thinking and caring man, who had been on earth 100 years portrayed a selfless dedication to…

Opinion: the good oil on Biden

By Peter Matthews The new president of the United States has been busy undoing some of the madder policies of the previous administration and it does feel as though we have reached calmer waters. Four…

Opinion: Grand plan – but how do we do it?

By Peter Carr Firstly, a couple of up-front clarifications. I am not an avowed Greenie and I am not related to Dr Rod Carr. That said we shall proceed. About my Greenie views – these…

Opinion: quail trails

By Murray Smith Senior Leader, Bridges Church For some time, we’ve enjoyed an increasingly large number of quail (yes that’s the plural) congregating around our home. These likeable birds with their jerky little walking movements…

Opinion: we’re like a car with two accelerators

By Peter Nicholl When I studied economics, I was taught that interest rates had two important roles. One was the cost of borrowing and the other was the return on savings. Central Banks over the…

Opinion: Kiwisaver — think about it

By Peter Carr I am becoming increasingly concerned regarding the number of early withdrawals from the government’s Kiwisaver Scheme. But first a background. The right to some form of financial recompense for a lifetime of…

Opinion: plastic not so fantastic

By Peter Matthews My wife came home a couple of days ago with some flowers for the house. Three bunches of nice white flowers which I won’t pretend I was able to name, and another…

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