Opinion

Clear strategy important

Clearer direction equals better results. With the new term of council comes new opportunities. New councillors, new priorities, new ways of doing things — and how...

Time to target the right kind of tourists

Remember, only a few years ago, when the majority of our tourists arrived in town on a bus, parked outside the i-Site, used the...

Slow things down at intersections

Crashes are happening at intersections. People are approaching too fast and not taking the time needed to look in all directions. Out of 71 districts nationwide,...

Three years of opportunities ahead

Re-applying for your job every three years is a daunting prospect, but it's a great opportunity to look at things with fresh eyes. I...

New initiative aimed at youth employment

The revolution is coming. The kids are taking over the world and so are the machines. The sky is falling and the baby boomers have sucked...

Time to salute our local heroes

The Waitaki district is full of hardworking people, dedicated to making a difference in their communities. And as we count down to Christmas, it is...

Don’t be tempted by predatory loan sharks

Have you ever been tempted to apply for an online high-cost loan? If not – that's great. But if you have seriously considered it, please,...

Don’t take gardens too seriously

Are you even a gardener if you don't steal cuttings from the edge of gardens as you walk down the street? My plants of choice...

Cannot ignore meth scourge

The sun was shining as Oamaru locals were out enjoying our town over the weekend. Whether it was getting belted with colour at the annual...

Shop local for the Markle sparkle

I absolutely love living in Oamaru. I was born and bred here and I loved growing up in a small town – although I certainly...

Team trusted to tackle the issues

Well, another election is over, and I have begun work to establish an effective committee structure. Council staff have been getting new councillors booked into...

Being different a good thing

Neat Feet is a shop that has been in Oamaru for more than 30 years – and is an independent owner-operated business. I have owned...

For the benefit of us all

Olivia Kwant does a little happy dance when people support local businesses, such as her vintage shop, Nanna Bangles, in Oamaru's Victorian precinct. Shopping...

Shopping locally helps us all prosper

Buying into the Heath 2000 franchise 12 years ago brought Lynette Taylor back to Oamaru, the town where her grandparents lived and her parents...

Just what I wanted was right here in town

Last week I went shopping for a new cat door. You see, it was a surprise to come home and find two ginger cats inside,...
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