Local Opinion

I’m loving this hybrid

Gliding silently (and carefully) through our village the other day my mind turned to the advantages – or otherwise – of not depending on fossil fuels for vehicular propulsion. Yes, I have become one of…

Animal instincts

One of the more disturbing aspects of natural life, I found as a child, was the fact that having overcome its prey, your average predator would simply begin to eat it. This practice is widespread…

Like, there’s no irony

For some time now I’ve had a backup idea, a column-writing safety net of sorts. That is to say with a blank screen in front of me, a rapidly approaching deadline, and no subject on…

Managing the water

The rain events we’ve experienced this summer have been hugely challenging for some parts of the country. Acknowledging that the Coromandel has suffered significant landslip damage due to saturated catchments, creating major issues with the…

Looking at bank profits

Pressure is building up for a formal inquiry into bank profitability in New Zealand. Two things are driving this. First, the level of profits of the New Zealand banks is higher than in most other…

The Parable of the Pigeons…

I watched with interest when a fake owl was placed on top of a building in Cambridge near my office in town. It was put there to frighten away pigeons who had colonised this high…

More catches to report

As you will have seen from my last two columns, I think it’s important to give you an idea of what your local Police are involved in and the good outcomes we achieve to keep…

The deal with “Supervolcanoes”

Supervolcanoes are perhaps the megastar of volcano misinformation, they get the flashiest headlines designed to grab attention with little to no facts involved. During my eight years in the United States I spoke to a…

Volcanoes- why do we care?

On 19 February 1975 Ngāuruhoe, our most active volcano at the time, produced one of the more violent recent eruptions in Aotearoa. The seven-hour event launched an ash plume of pulverized rock and hot gases…

Getting re-connected

A basic longing all human beings have is to feel ‘connected’. In Tom Hanks’ movie, Cast Away he plays a Fed-Ex executive who survives a plane crash and finds himself alone, marooned on an island…

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