Local Opinion

We are in recession

The recent Department of Statistics release of gross domestic product  data for the December quarter, 2023, showed that New Zealand is ‘officially’ in recession. The phrase ‘being in recession’ is applied to a country when…

What’s with the Cross…?

Standing 19 metres tall at what is considered a main ‘gateway’ to our town, is a cross. Maybe the fact it’s located close to what’s known as the Memorial Gates is fitting. At night the…

Burnouts: drivers face court

Hello again, what a great evening it was at Balloons over Waipa last Friday. I attended as part of Cambridge Blue Light and was pleased to talk to so many members of the public. Four…

It was wrong to be all at C

For years, some Cambridge residents have been concerned about the need for a third bridge. Council understands those concerns and has been working to identify options ratepayers can afford, and that the government will help…

Where to from here

Waipā District Council has developed a comprehensive transport strategy for the Waipā district as a whole and the Cambridge Connections work is being undertaken in accordance with that. The Cambridge Community Board recognises the need…

Finding rest…

Lately I’ve noticed when asking people, “How are you?” that frequently their quick response is, “busy!” It even seems that it’s proudly worn like a badge of honour. If I’m busy I must be successful!…

Harry Gone Away

Jan Mackenzie has become the first Waipā based winner of the Cambridge Autumn Festival’s short story competition. The theme for 2024 was “dilemma”  Here is her story – Harry Gone Away. Meg changed when Harry…

An autumn celebration

Back in 2008 (seems eons ago) The Cambridge Autumn Festival Trust was formed – resulting in the successful launch, the following year, of their initial street-front social, entertainment and arts presentation. And – Covid interruptions…

Where did race come into it?

Much is being made of ‘race’ today wherein some sides in the political debate refer to Māori being privileged as a ‘race’ of people; and others refer to Māori as being marginalised because of their/our…

Heat and Ice

Standing in South Crater, Ngauruhoe towers above you to the south and all around are thick, old lava flows. Along the Tongariro Alpine Crossing the path takes you up some of these lavas towards Red…

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