Local Opinion

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…

Talking economics: The budget in focus

By Peter Nicholl Grant Robertson delivered the 2021 Budget on 20 May. Governments used to announce most of their new policies in their Annual Budget but nowadays Government policies are announced throughout the year. Most…

Book review: A richer you by Mary Holm

By Peter Nicholl Most of us will have heard of Mary Holm as she has been writing a Q and A column on financial matters in the Weekend Herald for 23 years. This book is…

Opinion: tech support of a different kind

By Matteo Di Maio As my household’s resident teenager, I’m also its resident tech support. For the most part, the job is about orientating cameras, or digging up passwords from under the couch. Today, though,…

Money matters: Is Inflation on the way back?

By Peter Nicholls People around my age (I am 77) can still remember when consumer price inflation was over 10 per cent a year and was a major problem. But CPI inflation in New Zealand,…

Reflections: pieces of eighty

By Peter Carr Last Thursday was an incredibly special day for me which has set me off in a reflective mood. More on that later. In 1954 several interesting events took place – which included…

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