Local Opinion

A shout out to voters

The right to vote is one of those “must have” acts for which many have fought – and died – in the past. Ask the lady who threw herself under the King’s horse in England…

A heart for what matters most…

One day we went to visit an older lady who in earlier years had been a significant force in our community. Her days of expending practical care for others had ended and needing a little…

Learning to share

A narrow escape while riding on the Hamilton Road Cycleway prompted senior writer Mary Anne Gill to do some investigating into shared zones. It was about 9.15am and I was cycling back into Cambridge along…

Our huge deficit

The data for New Zealand’s current account for the year ended June 2023 was released recently. We had a current account deficit of $29.8 billion. That is 7.5 per cent of our gross domestic product….

Honouring the sacrifices

In a week’s time I will have the honour and privilege of attending the opening of the New Zealand Liberation Museum – Te Arawhata in Le Quesnoy, France, on behalf of the Cambridge community. The…

Never, never, never give up

A plaque on my desk carries a quote which is the heading for this article. An elderly Sir Winston Churchill was invited to give a speech to the pupils of the grammar school he had…

Don’t hesitate, get out

You are enjoying a Kiwi summer road trip around Ruapehu volcano, checking out the gorgeous views and beautiful, clear rivers. You are sitting down with friends or family alongside a river soaking in the sun…

Preparing for the worst

The weather has been a bit wild lately. It is a good reminder that preparedness for an adverse event is important. Through their Capable Community Campaign, Neighbourhood Support Cambridge can assist with this. Together with…

Why I voted ‘no’

Waikato Regional Council has just voted to retain its two Māori constituencies for another six years. Only councillor Chris Hughes and I voted against the retention of the constituencies, stating that we believed they were…

Preparing for a bigger town

The current ridiculous promises being made – and posturing apparent – by all politicians tells me that the hustings have reach the looney stage. Many such promises are not achievable and with no intent of…

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