Local Opinion

When volcanic gases turn deadly

Starting at 9 to 10 pm on August  21,1986, heavy gases crept along the ground from the volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, moving silently towards villages and homes. Over the following six to 36 hours…

We are what we feel

I wonder if we realise how much what we think about, the type of thoughts we allow in our ‘headspace’, plus their accompanying emotions, determines the outcomes of our life? I was visiting someone in…

GP system – oh the pain

The previous government elected to re-shape the national health service by demolishing district health boards. In part I supported this move as I had never had faith in poorly-elected inexperienced wannabees (as governance people) dictating…

A Waikato Thing

I first read Dr Janine Krippner’s column in this paper when I was thinking about making a podcast for the Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group. Janine’s ability to communicate the history and the science…

Thoughts on the Budget

The centre-piece of this year’s Budget was the implementation of the tax cuts that National had ‘promised’ during last year’s election campaign. They did this by raising the three lowest tax brackets by about 11.5…

A week of incidents

Last week was another busy one that saw us dealing with offences including  two thefts from cars and two thefts of car, six shoplifting cases, public drunkenness, shoplifting, multiple reports of petrol drive offs, five…

Send out the clowns

Thank you, Peter Nicholl (Talking Economics, May 20) for raising the third world issue. New Zealand still seems to be under the impression we are part of the rich world. We are not, nor have…

The Māori ward issue

Waikato Regional Council has made a submission on the Local Government (Electoral Legislation and Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill. It outlines concerns and recommendations regarding the proposed changes, with a focus on ensuring…

Having ‘skin in the game’

As a child, I listened spellbound to a speaker describing dare-devil exploits of courageous French acrobat and gymnast, Charles Blondin. Blondin’s bizarre stunts on a tightrope stretching above the Niagara Falls between America and Canada,…

Stolen property found, charges laid

Hello again, what great catches we had last Thursday. The team started the day executing a search warrant at an address in Cambridge East in relation to burglary offences. A large amount of stolen property…

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