Local Opinion

Think about the options

Hello all, is it too late now to say Happy New Year? I am back at the station this week after a mixed January of annual leave, training and working different operations. I went to…

Share and share nicely

The “Sharing Shed” on Anzac Green has been a great asset to the town, enabling the community to share produce, swap books and put up notices. We have been very lucky to have some wonderful…

Maps and Mappings 

E te Tau 2022, ō mate, ō piki me ō heke, haere rā!  E te Tau 2023 me tō pitomata, haere mai! We’ve farewelled 2022, all of its ups and downs, and those who who…

In the presence of Royalty 

Senior Leader, Bridges Church  It struck me that it’s nearly five months since the unprecedented 70 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II ended with her death at 96 years of age. Writing in this column…

A focus on planning

After the holiday break, the board is back to work and looking forward to a busy year. As always, our focus is strongly on representing our community and advocating to council on your behalf. A…

No Planet B – Learning the language

It so happened that the family sat down at the dining table for breakfast on Sunday morning. The conversation settled for a while on languages. How they have evolved, where they come from, and how…

Talking Economics: Recession? Not this year

Most recent economic predictions for New Zealand in 2023 are that the economy will go into recession with the main debate being about when, by how much and for how long. This became the predominant…

I’m back, and anything goes 

No Planet B A very Happy New Year to one and all.  Yes I’m back. It turns out I missed writing my weekly communique more than I thought I would. I won’t assume there will…

Doing our bit for the planet 

The Age of Reason Over the holiday period my thoughts – and some of my reading – turned towards how we as a nation are levelling with the requirement to dampen down the quantum of…

Cryptocurrency: for the crypt?

Cryptocurrencies have been in the news a lot recently, but mainly for the wrong reasons. The collapse of FTX in the US, one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges, has created shockwaves. A claim made…

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