Local Opinion

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…

Opinion: The nuclear option 

Here’s an idea: did New Zealand make a big mistake on June 8, 1987? That was the year and the month, of course, that New Zealand banned anything nuclear from our island. In the aftermath…

Opinion: Catering for the tourists 

By Peter Carr There are times when one just must stop and marvel at what is around us. The sheer splendour of this lovely country starts to set the mind wandering at what we have…

Opinion: minding our language

By Peter Carr  From time to time most people reflect on what is around them and how their surroundings affect their daily lives. Surroundings may include one’s home, village, weather, personal relationships and often matters…

Waikato v the Boks: looking back to ’81 

Review By Peter Nicholl  Almost 40 years ago, on 25 July, 1981, hundreds of people stormed the field at Rugby Park, Hamilton, took up positions in the middle of the field and locked arms. Their…

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…

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