Opinion

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...

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...
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