Local Opinion

Remembering the forgotten

Anyone who has watched television programmes where people retrace their family history will know it can be a fraught experience. Tragic stories of babies born out of wedlock, lives lost far too young, injustices and…

More success to report

Some of you may have noticed a name change at the top of the column today. Please be reassured it is still me, Deb (Thurgood that was). I have simply now returned to my maiden…

Beggars can be choosers

In early 2021, I addressed the subject of begging. An increase in people asking for money on our streets again prompts me to mention it. Then, as now, there are sometimes people who find themselves…

Regrouping my thoughts

Having written last week about how people should stop doing whatever it is they have done successfully in the past before it becomes unseemly, I find that I’ve been required to give the matter a…

United in a big clean-up

The Cambridge Community Board wishes to extend its thanks to the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade, Waipā Networks, Waipā District Council staff and all those in our community who helped with the response and clean-up after…

The Age of Reason

Travelling north back towards Cambridge at the weekend my front left wheel slammed into a huge pothole just south of Turangi. My (earlier) maritime background has fitted me for suitable voluble expletives for such unplanned…

Thinking outside the bowl

“What’s the biggest room in the world?  Answer- the room for improvement.” That’s something I was told a long time ago. It’s helped motivate me at times when the damaging effect of other’s discouraging words…

Now thieves target utes

Cyclone Gabrielle has certainly hit the country with force.  I know that many of you were affected directly, locally with fallen trees, power outages and slips or indirectly having friends or family displaced elsewhere in…

Capital Gains Tax: to have… or not 

As I did some background reading before writing a column on the subject of capital gains taxes (CGT) I came across two pieces of information that surprised me. First, the way the political debate on…

No ‘blind eye’ on kiwifruit

The News has reported in recent weeks on the growth of kiwifruit orchards in Waipā – and how their arrival has in some cases defied bylaws and left neighbours crying foul. In response to our…

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