Opinion

Some of our goodwill to others lost in 2021

Well, what a year it has been! One year ago, I'm sure most of us felt like we had been through a year that we...

About getting there, not how quickly

I can’t believe we are already in December and Christmas is just around the corner. For most of us, Christmas passes us by with maybe...

Permaculture: finding your place in nature

What is this mysterious thing called permaculture? Originally, permaculture was focused primarily on sustainable agriculture, growing food in a way that works with and fortifies...

Reserves vital to community wellbeing

With the current discussion on reserves and the use of public land, I thought it would be helpful to give my own view on...

Make vaccination a priority to make best use of traffic light...

The latest South Canterbury District Health Board Covid-19 vaccination figures show the Waimate district lagging behind the rest of the region, with more than...

Govt must clear up Covid-19 uncertainties

If you are confused or uncertain about what our region’s immediate future looks like, you are not alone. This week, in its series of unclear...

Roundabouts and road works safe driving call

I know people are busy, I know some people are very busy. But judging by a few phone calls and emails I have received over...

The have-nots need to be addressed

This month, I wanted to talk about the haves, and the have-nots. It isn’t about financial equity or social equity. It is about the issue...

New Zealand deserved more planning in this pandemic

No matter what line of work you’re in, a little bit of planning to get you on the front foot can go a long...

Time to get on with it in new normal

Well, last Monday's announcement seems to have put the kibosh on a South Island with different-from-North-Island rules. Air New Zealand announced that no jabs means...

Parents need to think about Loch Laird

As we grow up, we all reach momentous milestones in our lives. They could be our first day at school, becoming a teenager, passing our...

Three Waters battle of local versus central

Brace yourselves, folks - there's a fight coming. Not locally, though there could be some (reasonably) polite dust-ups here as well, I'm picking. But the...

Call for help from public for upgrading of hospital chairs

In North Otago, we are showing our true colours as one of the best little rural hospitals in the country. But our team is being...

Choose kindness, ignore gossip

There are lots of things about living in the wonderful Waitaki that contribute towards our goal of being the best place to live. Some things...

Facing our fears, working together

Alex and I popped down to The Business Hive this week, masked and dangerous, armed with the now familiar Covid-yellow insulation tape and (coincidentally)...
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