Local Opinion

Column subject licked 

By Peter Matthews  Anyone know what a devious lick is? Sitting at the dinner table this evening I mentioned that my deadline was rapidly approaching and I had yet to settle on a subject. Hidden…

A housing theory of everything 

By Matteo Di Maio  Half of the things in politics are disagreements over how to solve the agreed-upon problem, and half are about whether the problem exists at all. The housing crisis is, thankfully, the…

Life down south 

By Peter Carr  During the past week I have spent time in the South Island making presentations from Mosgiel in the south to Nelson in the north. Four planes, six meetings in all and time…

Our tamariki deserve the best future

  By Nanaia Mahuta I recently attended a mass community vaccination event at Hopuhopu in Ngaruawahia “Aio Nuku, Aio Rangi”. Targeted at the wider Waikato region, it was great to see the so many whānau…

District plan or district scam?

District plan? What district plan? Mary Anne Gill asks what faith residents in Waipā can have in it when the body that drew it up won’t back it. “Council staff were attempting to change the…

Talking Economics: Why is New Zealand’s Price Level High? 

By Peter Nicholl New Zealand has had very low inflation for over a decade. Yet many New Zealanders who return from living overseas or people who immigrate here often say that New Zealand has a…

Opinion: In support of the boards 

By Peter Carr  Those who have had the benefit of spare time may well have attended (as the public) meetings of the local council. Not, I hasten to add, just the Waipā Council but any…

Opinion: Our changing world 

By Peter Matthews It seems trite to moan about recycling soft plastics in Cambridge New Zealand when across the world people are dealing with such crises as the earthquake in Haiti, unprecedented rainfall and flooding…

We Say

The axing of community boards is being considered by district councils from Wānaka to Waipā. And in both centres the boards are aggrieved. That’s not surprising – they have proved valuable mouthpieces for communities. What…

Opinion: Time to take a lead on meat?

By Peter Matthews The biggest manufacturer in the world of plant based meat is called Beyond Meat. The founder of Beyond Meat is called Ethan Brown, and he has said a tax on meat (animal…

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