Local Opinion

Sprinting to the top

Waipa District Council’s debt level on June 30, 2022, was $149.5 million. A year later  it was $226 million, a rise of 51 per cent. By June it is projected to be $296.8 million, a…

Countdown to catastrophe

This time in 1980 in the United States activity was increasing at Mount St Helens volcano, Washington. Several earthquakes were detected in mid-March, alerting scientists at the United States Geological Survey (USGS, the equivalent of…

Your help makes a difference

Starting with good news, in mid-March police received a report of burglary at an industrial site.  A male had cut a hole in a perimeter fence and entered to steal power tools and other items….

‘The truth will set you free…’

Last November, a guide was showing us communal toilets among Roman ruins in Ephesus. I’m glad I didn’t live in that era because I’d have been shut down with ‘stage fright’ sitting there, shoulder to…

Rabbits, rumbling …and water rates

Meghan Hawkes looks back to 1930 and reviews the stories making headlines in Waipā. Rabbits had spread extensively in the Waipā region and property owners were expected to exterminate them to the best of their…

Just being ‘good’ isn’t enough

Recently I wrote about living free from the pressure that drivenness and relentless striving puts us under, with the key being to find the source of true ‘rest’. A reader later confided how years of…

Questions to be answered

I do not know whether to shake my head, send a stern letter or just go with the flow. Yes – I am talking about Waipā District Council. Firstly, let me be fair and clear….

Our geothermal wonderland

I was recently fortunate enough to spend a day in and around Rotorua with GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott and two visitors from the Tonga Geological Sciences. Brad has an incredible knowledge of the area….

Why I’ll quit

I recently attended the 50th  celebration of Schick Construction, a local company started by a guy with a truck which now employs over 300 people.  It was inspiring.  Why then is it so hard to…

Family harm escalates

I hope everyone enjoyed the long Easter weekend and managed to get a break. Unfortunately, opportunist criminals sometimes see holiday weekends as a great time to commit more crime. Ford Courier utes seem to be…

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