Local Opinion

Not all my own work…

I have signed up for ChatGPT. According to itself, ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) program that can generate human-like responses to natural language queries. So I said: please write 500 words on ‘Why the…

Hope for a good future

A property near where our family lives had a beautiful 12-metre-high specimen tree in the front garden. Unfortunately, Cyclone Gabrielle left it leaning at 45 degrees, with a bulging root ball bursting through the neatly…

Holidays and shoplifters

We are halfway through the school holidays already. I hope that everyone manages some time off with family. School holidays always see more traffic on the roads and children on the streets. I am giving…

Volcanoes don’t smoke

“Volcano spewing smoke” is my least favourite volcano headline phrase. Why? While the term ‘spewing’ is not my favourite, volcanoes just do not emit smoke (excluding when hot volcanic rocks and lava flows set things…

An undercurrent of concern

Picture a millpond on a summer’s evening. The last of the day’s sunlight angles through the low hanging leaves and sparkles on the water. The light catches a strand of a spider’s web wafting through…

Why rates are rising

High inflation, rising interest rates and storm damage to roading mean Waikato District Council might have to lift rates for the coming year as high as double the 3.5% rise anticipated back in 2021. The…

Volcanos in the movies

I love a good action movie, and if they have an eruption or some other geological disaster as a plot line I am in. With field work at Mount Doom (Ngāuruhoe) last week and making…

Understanding behaviours

This week I attended facilitator training for the Loves Me Not programme which will be delivered to  Year 12 students later this month. The programme was  developed following the murder of Sophie Elliott by her…

A turbulent trip home

I am writing these words in the early morning dawn of the first morning after retarding the clocks – a still morning that I suspect will herald a cool day. One of those mornings when…

Easter messages from our churches

By Pastor Ken Keyte, Cambridge Baptist Church During our recent church services at Cambridge Baptist we have been taking a few minutes to hear someone from our congregation share their faith story. We have heard…

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