Local Opinion

Tainui: wards are a step in the right direction

The News asked Waikato-Tainui for its views on the legislation introduced last week. Linda Te Aho, Chair Te Arataura, provided this response. Waikato-Tainui celebrate the removal of legislative provisions that have allowed a percentage of…

New wards: the pitfalls for councillors

The reluctance of Waipā District Councillors to openly discuss their views on Māori representation is not completely surprising. Nationally a vocal lobby has historically taken issue with councils who see to add Māori wards –…

Opinion: good head space matters…

  By Murray Smith I’ve noticed mental wellbeing receiving significant national and international attention lately. Fair enough too, since such matters historically lurked in the shadows rather than being ushered into the public arena for…

Opinion: twilight years and a booming town

  By Peter Carr It is one of those Sunday evenings when, faced with a blank screen and a waiting keyboard, I ponder what is material that should be covered this week. Granted my main…

Opinion: reality — deal with it

By Peter Matthews Standing in the shower this morning, I was thinking about reality and its different forms. There’s reality TV, virtual reality, and of course actual reality. At the opposite end of the spectrum…

Opinion: Having a ‘good’ name…

By Murray Smith New Zealand’s early colonial history produced a surge of settlers from England as well as a variety of other European nations. A broad diversity of new ‘names’ rapidly appeared as immigrant families…

Opinion: A touch of Southern comfort

By Peter Carr I have just returned from a five-day swing through the South Island addressing residents of retirement villages. They are lovely people essentially over the age of 65 full of life, fun and…

Opinion: Five seconds too much to ask?

By Peter Carr The sad death a few days ago of Sir Tom Moore ended a remarkable event. This deep-thinking and caring man, who had been on earth 100 years portrayed a selfless dedication to…

Opinion: the good oil on Biden

By Peter Matthews The new president of the United States has been busy undoing some of the madder policies of the previous administration and it does feel as though we have reached calmer waters. Four…

Opinion: Grand plan – but how do we do it?

By Peter Carr Firstly, a couple of up-front clarifications. I am not an avowed Greenie and I am not related to Dr Rod Carr. That said we shall proceed. About my Greenie views – these…

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