Opinion

Supporting rural mental health

In Oamaru, we're lucky to have a coalition of organisations like the Safer Waitaki network to support our community's most vulnerable. Safer Waitaki works together...

It’s time for a lower voting age

Local elections are an important time for a community. In fact, any election is an important time. They are the whole basis of our society –...

A year, like pets, comes and goes

It has been a year of firsts and lasts – and also dead pets in the freezer. While it is a bit early for a...

Taking a step into Thames St

After growing up on the Waitaki Plains, Elise Blundell spent time living in Waimate, Wellington and Whangarei. But Oamaru drew the acupuncturist back and...

Gold at the end of the rainbow

For Philina Den Dulk, Oamaru used to be that place you drove through on the way to somewhere else. But after moving here eight...

Planning for death made easy over coffee and cake

We have recently started up a "Death Cafe" here in Oamaru. The reaction to the name itself has been really interesting. Why do you have to...

Help you need begins at home

Earlier this month, Minister for Small Business Stuart Nash was in Timaru to visit the local Chamber of Commerce. Not surprisingly, he was asked about...

Time to bring benefits of parkrun to Oamaru

If you have not heard of the parkrun, or gone along to one, you may be astounded that worldwide there are some 250,000 people...

Language is key to understanding

Aoraki is my mountain. Waitaki is my river. The Pacific is my ocean. Whare Koa is my marae. Ōamaru is the place I stand...

Managing your credit card

Credit cards – are they a good or bad thing? So often we see people with huge debt and regularly these are credit card debts. Credit...

Essential business engages with youth

Youth. They sure are different from how they used to be, right? It really wasn't long ago that our elders and betters thought that about...

Luckily, someone stole my bike

I thought I was running out of topics for my monthly column, but what a stroke of luck – someone stole my mountain bike! I...

Improving family life on many fronts

My mother (a GP) has spent a lifetime campaigning for better support for those affected by family or domestic violence. New Zealand has one of...

Space race that took men to the moon

Fifty years ago, the world was transfixed by a single event – the Apollo 11 moon landing. Former Oamaru man Christopher Macann relives the...

Making social media personally connect

I've been attempting to educate myself – outrageous, right? I'm not off to university for the fourth time or anything, I've only just paid off...
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