Opinion

Everyone’s a winner in WaiYou! project

Last week I drove to Waimate to present WaiYou! to Rotary Waimate. WaiYou! is that Rotary Oamaru-sponsored, Lotteries-funded and awesome Dunedin agency Firebrand-driven project that...

Mixed feelings about influencers

At what point does someone become an "influencer"? We all have influence, but when does that become who you are? I have mixed feelings about the...

Lending a helping hand

Money is an awkward topic for all of us to talk about, but sometimes it is good to share some happy stories. We all despise...

A change in leadership style

With all the talk of change in the air, leadership style is up for debate too. "Old" style leadership where the leader is the boss,...

Time to unite behind a shared purpose

As I write this, the news is breaking . . . Todd Muller, leader of the National Party, has resigned. I love politics. I like to...

A simple rule for life, both offline and on

Don't be a dick! Words to live by - and if you think I'm talking about you, I probably am. In my house there are three...

The chairlift kind of freaks me out

Winter is here, and I still have to mow the lawn? That hardly seems fair. I used to quite like winter - playing ice hockey, snow...

Catering for diverse wants, needs

In these uncertain times, we councillors have had to change our usual focus to respond as quickly as possible to an entirely new set...

Social media full of crazy but plausible lies

Seventy years ago (give or take), my mum and her sister walked into the kitchen for breakfast to find the radio blasting and their...

Chance to rebirth common sense

My bubble is about to burst! Not the old bubble that I've been in for the past almost 50 years. It's this isolation bubble that...

People detox not all bad

The last time I spent this much time at home in the space of a month I was tripping on methadone after back surgery. I...

We all have a role to play in rebuilding our ‘new’...

As I sat writing my speech ahead of Anzac Day, it brought home to me just how unreal these times upon us are. Instead of...

What can you do for your farm and for others?

While we are sick of the use of the word now, we are certainly living in unprecedented times. The rapidly changing environment brought about by...

In times of change, we must invest in the future

Through great change comes great opportunity, and choosing to focus attention on the potential gives a sense of positivity in such a chaotic and...

District doing quite well for virus tests

Hello again Waitaki! It's fantastic to be writing another column for the Oamaru Mail after the past few weeks of not having the paper. I...
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