Local Opinion

Opinion: what are we doing in Taupō?

    There’s one thing that really bugs me about living in Cambridge. Why the hell do we live in the Taupō electorate? It’s been that way since 2007 when, because of declining population growth…

Talking economics: The budget in focus

By Peter Nicholl Grant Robertson delivered the 2021 Budget on 20 May. Governments used to announce most of their new policies in their Annual Budget but nowadays Government policies are announced throughout the year. Most…

Book review: A richer you by Mary Holm

By Peter Nicholl Most of us will have heard of Mary Holm as she has been writing a Q and A column on financial matters in the Weekend Herald for 23 years. This book is…

Opinion: tech support of a different kind

By Matteo Di Maio As my household’s resident teenager, I’m also its resident tech support. For the most part, the job is about orientating cameras, or digging up passwords from under the couch. Today, though,…

Money matters: Is Inflation on the way back?

By Peter Nicholls People around my age (I am 77) can still remember when consumer price inflation was over 10 per cent a year and was a major problem. But CPI inflation in New Zealand,…

Reflections: pieces of eighty

By Peter Carr Last Thursday was an incredibly special day for me which has set me off in a reflective mood. More on that later. In 1954 several interesting events took place – which included…

Opinion: those scientific “facts”…

By Peter Matthews I’ve received a few emails recently in response to this column, all so far disagreeing with what I say. People send me long letters full of references to scientific ‘facts’ designed to…

Opinion: living long and prospering

By Peter Carr Sometimes writing about the ’oldies’ brings with it a feeling the folk of more advanced years do not care what others think, but prefer to take life as it comes. Possibly they…

Opinion from Nanaia Mahuta: An important conversation

Waipā is being asked what it thinks of having a Māori ward within its district council ranks for the 2022 elections. The News asked the Minister who prompted a key legislative change for her views…

Opinion: lean pickings in the Bay

By Peter Carr This week early Autumn travel is under way and I am enjoying the lush vista of rural Hawke’s Bay. It’s a delightful area that definitely believes it is still high summer. Cloudless…

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