Opinion

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...

Mental health policy focused on prevention

Everyone knows someone who's affected by mental health challenges. At any given time, one in five New Zealanders will experience mental distress or addiction challenges...

It feels good to be back and home again

For a traveller like me, home has moved around over the years. Moving is a crazy-fest of logistics, whether it's the next suburb or across...

Developing a plan suitable for everybody

The Oamaru Harbour master plan took another step closer to completion this week, although it was a somewhat backwards one as far as timing...

Fuel tax bad news for southern NZ

As your local MP, it's my job to let you know just what's going on behind the scenes in that big beehive-looking building they...

In praise of volunteers

Saturday morning. The birdsong is slowly exchanged with the chatter of families arriving. The customary aroma of sausage and onion competes with the cooler morning...

How to win the war with your wallet

Do you sometimes feel you are in a battle with your wallet? You want to be good and not buy that lovely pair of shoes...

My old nemesis running returns

I play field hockey now. I'll tell you what doesn't hurt – getting hit with a hockey ball. I'll tell you what does hurt – running. I...

Strong community in good hands

At its heart, Oamaru is a place where locals work hard, care deeply, and enjoy the best of North Otago. I recently met a typical...

Busy? Take a minute to think

June has rocked around as it always does and "busy" is the new "weather" of chats. How are you? So busy. Can't believe it's June...

Cute, despite disability

My weird little hermaphrodite cat Ginger Rogers came to an unfortunate end after a road accident recently. It was not a huge surprise, as she...

The benefits of collaborating

Business is supposed to be competitive, right? You must be better than the competition and win the most sales. Back when I worked in recruitment,...

What’s with this quiz night malarkey?

Hey, do you guys know Wagon Wheel? Sometimes the week before a column is due I have a total blank about what to write about...

Different for generation off to war

War is mostly a foreign concept to my generation. I'm 27 now, and for the past 10 years the biggest danger to me and my...
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