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The hazard of Juke

I got into the smaller of our two cars this morning and pushed the start button. The car said: “I’m fed up with being a Nissan Juke; I wanna be something big like a Ford…

Help, and helpers, are at hand

This week we have had another tragedy; the death of a community member from a falling tree. My thoughts go out to family and friends and those who were present. I know these sentiments are…

The history of our names 

What’s in a street or even a town name? In a previous column I commented on names and naming, quoting Shakespeare’s ‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’  A poetic narrative that…

Time to elect electric? 

Over the weekend our Auckland visiting guests brought with them their brand new all-electric car. Made in China this quietly gliding beast came equipped with so many electrically driven toys that a NASA-styled training almost…

When governance is tested

Recently, as many of you know, the Waikato Regional Council took the very difficult decision to replace our chair. Not one councillor would have found this an easy decision to take and indeed there were…

On the Beat: Trails and tribulations

First of all, Constables Smith and Petch have asked me to pass on a thank you.  Last week we received a call about a lady who had gone walking on the Waikato River trail, but…

The nature of the beat

In choosing to write about environmental issues, I never did intend to go into facts and figures in any great depth or to explore particular occurrences in detail. There are any number of sources of…

Our governance role

Maybe it’s the lawyer in me, but events at Waipā District Council over the last few months have given me cause to reflect on the process of our decision-making and the importance of getting this…

On the Beat – Mobile phone users pinged

Hello everyone, Last Saturday morning, I attended the funeral for chief fire officer Don Gerrand. I was proud to be part of a guard of honour on Duke Street and then walk with the large…

On the beat: The good, the sad and the ugly

I hope you had a good week and that any children in your households have now settled back into school routines. I was proud to be able to join colleagues to represent Cambridge Police at…

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