Local Opinion

Opinion: the changing times

  By Matteo Di Maio Construction on the Notre-Dame cathedral, which, almost two years ago, turned the Parisian sky black in a horrific blaze, began during the reign of King Louis VII in 1163. By…

Opinion: will we pass the test?

By Peter Matthews When I took my driving test in England in 1979, one of the compulsory manoeuvres was an emergency stop. The gentleman charged with deciding whether to let me loose on the roads…

Money Matters: is Bitcoin worth a punt?

  By Peter Nicholl Bitcoin is back in the news because of a spectacular price rise to over US$50,000. This surge was triggered by Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. He revealed that Tesla had invested US…

Tainui: wards are a step in the right direction

The News asked Waikato-Tainui for its views on the legislation introduced last week. Linda Te Aho, Chair Te Arataura, provided this response. Waikato-Tainui celebrate the removal of legislative provisions that have allowed a percentage of…

New wards: the pitfalls for councillors

The reluctance of Waipā District Councillors to openly discuss their views on Māori representation is not completely surprising. Nationally a vocal lobby has historically taken issue with councils who see to add Māori wards –…

Opinion: good head space matters…

  By Murray Smith I’ve noticed mental wellbeing receiving significant national and international attention lately. Fair enough too, since such matters historically lurked in the shadows rather than being ushered into the public arena for…

Opinion: twilight years and a booming town

  By Peter Carr It is one of those Sunday evenings when, faced with a blank screen and a waiting keyboard, I ponder what is material that should be covered this week. Granted my main…

Opinion: reality — deal with it

By Peter Matthews Standing in the shower this morning, I was thinking about reality and its different forms. There’s reality TV, virtual reality, and of course actual reality. At the opposite end of the spectrum…

Opinion: Having a ‘good’ name…

By Murray Smith New Zealand’s early colonial history produced a surge of settlers from England as well as a variety of other European nations. A broad diversity of new ‘names’ rapidly appeared as immigrant families…

Opinion: A touch of Southern comfort

By Peter Carr I have just returned from a five-day swing through the South Island addressing residents of retirement villages. They are lovely people essentially over the age of 65 full of life, fun and…

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