Local Opinion

What the world needs now…

If you’ve read any of my recent columns, you’ll be aware I’ve been out of the country for a while travelling through parts of Europe and the Middle East. Stepping away from the beautiful enclave…

A burning issue

Over 900 submissions were received by Waipā District Council on the Waste-to-Energy incinerator consent application in Te Awamutu. That’s a record number. A large majority were in opposition. So why the concern? The proposal, yet…

Strength in disaster

While we call phenomena like devastating eruptions, earthquakes, and storms “natural disasters”, they are actually a social event. If any one of these events strikes a remote area where there is nothing to impact, it…

Let’s not forget the point

I’m in Venice – where famous Venetian merchant Marco Polo launched his explorations to Asia along the Silk Road between 1271 and 1295. Venice is bursting with reminders of past life that match Florence with…

Two into one equals hybrid

We – in our enjoyable retirement village – have bitten the bullet to reduce to a single car. We make no excuse for hitherto desiring the use of two vehicles and have worked hard through…

Robberies, projectiles and cams

Last Tuesday we had an aggravated robbery at a local liquor store. Police enquiries are continuing, however people have been identified and an associated search warrant has been executed in Hamilton. The alleged offenders, as…

Our future – my views

Andrew Myers has succeeded retiring Waipā ward member Mike Montgomerie on the Fonterra Cooperative Council and shares his thoughts today. For those of you that don’t know me, I live in Roto-o-Rangi between Cambridge and…

The ‘mighty’ lowered, the ‘lowly’ exalted

I have just stood close up to Michelangelo’s ‘David’ statue. This remarkable sculpture is in the Accademia Gallery of Florence. Thirty years ago I came here and was disappointed to climb the stairs to the…

Pioneer remembered

Edwin Robinson survived the land wars only to die in an unfortunate accident as Meghan Hawkes reflects on in Tales from the Passed. When a machinery belt broke at the Paterangi creamery in November 1902…

Rock detectives unlock secrets

If you were to look at a thin slice of rock under a microscope, you would see that they look totally different up close. While rocks might mostly look a dull brown or grey, they…

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