Local Opinion

Lock it when you leave…

I hope you had a good long weekend. For us, it involved several reports of burglary across town – not the sort of thing to which you want to come home. Sometimes it is the…

Keep your eyes peeled…

School is back! This means there are again large numbers of children commuting on our roads. They are on foot, bikes and scooters and there is an increase in vehicular traffic, especially around school drop…

DHB, police opt for Facebook

Facebook has become a preferred communication tool for Covid and crimefighting. Police and the Waikato District Health Board are using their Facebook pages to report crime and Covid outbreaks – and not telling print media…

Watch out – car thieves about

By Deb Thurgood Every week, thieves are stealing cars. In the 7 days prior to January 23, 43 motor vehicles were reported as stolen in Waikato, plus 11 number plates. Of these vehicles, the most…

The 2020s – back to the future 

Time’s Person of the Year is inventor-cum-possible Bond villain Elon Musk, and some people are not happy about it. Those opinions aside, I couldn’t help noticing the contrast between this year’s figure and Greta Thunberg,…

Waiting for the news 

By Peter Carr With the rapid browning of the grass around us and the continuing cloudless azure skies one could be forgiven from forgetting that the holiday period is over. Except, that is, for the fact that the government sponsored…

Talking Economics: Clouds on the horizon 

By Peter Nicholl The year 2022 started with good weather. But a storm arrived early. The economy in 2022 could be similar. It looks calm now, but storms are on the way. The only certainty for 2022 is that the economy is facing many uncertainties. I can’t predict what is going to…

On the beat: trouble on the roads

By Deb Thurgood Happy New Year to everyone! I hope this column finds you safe, relaxed and well.  As you will have seen on the news, two prominent issues over the Christmas and New Year…

Take care over the holidays

This will be my last message for the year. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my column, for your community spirit and support. I am personally grateful for the opportunity to…

Opinion: I saw, I conquered… 

By Peter Matthews Tension was high as the online auction came to a climax. I had been watching it for a while and the bidding was sporadic in the days leading up to last night’s…

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