Opinion

Sharing the lockdown load vital

Lockdowns throw our usual routines out of sequence. Oamaru counsellor Amanda Acheson offers some tips to help keep your mental wellbeing in balance during...

Give cyclists some time and space

As I write this, as a country we are still in Level 4, but due to go to Level 3. As with the previous lockdown,...

Distancing yes, but no need to be isolated

Maybe it's the familiarity, maybe it's the southern way, maybe it's both - it is amazing how quickly we adapt to life in lockdown...

Exercise byproduct of roller skating fun

I got a brand new pair of roller skates! You just sang that, right? Learning to ice skate was part of the primary school curriculum where...

Good discussion on both reforms vital

Hello everyone. First of all, I want to express my thanks to all of you who are looking out for others during this Level 4...

In praise of fire brigade volunteers

Thank you, volunteers. At the end of July, I had the pleasure of throwing a little thank you shout for the Omarama Volunteer Fire Brigade. It...

Three Waters numbers need verification

Hello again. I trust you are well and that you are getting through the winter OK. It has been a challenging one, weather wise, and as...

Awards chance to be involved

Want to go to space? Richard Branson just did. Jeff Bezos is about to. Elon Musk, no doubt, will do. Would you? Apparently, Musk is all about...

Still too many crashes on roads in our district

Half the year gone. Firstly, my deepest sympathies if it is one of your loved ones who has been involved in any serious crash here...

Chance to to have your say on council’s long-term plan

After many months of flood-related disruption and repairs, we were delighted to reopen the main Waimate District Council office in Queen St. In recent weeks,...

Scheme a tax, pure and simple

There are many people around the Waitaki district who are justifiably peeved off about the Government's clean-car discount scheme that's dominated headlines recently. I've been...

Transport challenges pressing

As we pass the shortest day and start thinking about spring, we still have a few challenges in front of us. For us at the...

Reckless phone use no laughing matter

It's not just vehicle drivers that cause crashes when distracted on our roads. Don't get me wrong, I carry two phones it's not a burner...

Cautious sense of relief, optimism from businesses

A quick nosey through business reports and predictions tells me that New Zealand small businesses are doing pretty well in the global shape of...

Chance to put community back in driver’s seat

Local government is under the spotlight, but in my view, proactive conversations regarding the future of the sector can't come soon enough. Councils are currently...
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