Opinion

Vital to support local business

They say you can find the answer you want if you ask the right question. Apparently, the "average income" in New Zealand is around the...

In praise of slothfulness

This week we farewell reporter Sally Brooker from the Oamaru Mail. She is slipping into semi-retirement but will continue to produce advertising features for...

Walk, cycle and drive safe

For me, every journey starts and finishes as a pedestrian - whether you walk to a car, drive/cycle to work and then walk into...

Ideal time to celebrate our older citizens

The International Day of Older Persons on October 1 is a good time to reflect on the many ways older people improve and enrich...

New speed limits set to go

Is it just me or is this year disappearing faster than a snowman in a norwester? We all seem to be very busy with various...

Fridges and philosophy

I have an emotionally unstable fridge. It's running hot and cold. Perhaps it's holding a grudge against something I left in there for too long...

Let’s hope shopping local stays sticky

Alert Level 2. Again. At least it's familiar. Last time, Alex and I spent the weekend with tape measures and electrical tape, moving furniture, marking out...

No sign of Covid in the South

This week started with some wet weather, which was much needed, and hopefully more will come to give us a good start to spring. The...

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...
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