Opinion

Care and planning can avert need to call on KiwiSaver

Have we become a society that wants a quick fix and worries about the consequences of our actions later on? Are we wanting things now...

Good weaving diversity into understanding

Bula Vinaka, fakaalofa lahi atu, kia orana, mālō e lelei, mālō nī, talofa, talofa lava, kamusta, namaste, nī hăo, hola, tēnā koutou katoa. The term...

Safer than sitting on your bum

Throughout the year I am contacted by various people concerned about vehicles around schools. Most often, the issues that cause the biggest headaches are created...

Each of us can help Australia somehow

Fun! What is it anyway? I quite like doing activities and I'll generally give anything a go. Over the holiday period, I found myself doing a...

Take a risk: try a new activity

Happy New Year, everyone! A new decade - crikey, time flies. Last year I hit the magical "three score years and 10" - bit scary, eh? Our...

Productivity gains made easy

Productivity. It's on every small business owner's mind this time of year. If we're not ruminating on how our business could be more productive, we're asking...

Carefree, confident cornflowers

I've been planting lavender in generous drifts with the obsessive focus of a Taylor Swift fangirl making a 30th-birthday tribute to Tay Tay. Not Italian...

Have a say on harbour plan

First and foremost, Merry Christmas to everyone reading this edition of the grand and glorious Oamaru Mail. I hope you all have the Christmas you...

Funding aims to make schools jewels

Every pupil deserves a school fit for purpose. A big proportion of school buildings across the country are old and need upgrading, but in past...

Collaboration by ordinary people theme of year

"Are you taking leave?'' ''Sp are you heading away for Christmas?'' It's on everyone's lips this time of year. Even in a business like ours where...

Cutting the cost of Christmas

Where has this year gone? Christmas is fast approaching and we are getting people coming to us concerned about how they are going to manage...

Handy I may be but this time enough is enough

I fixed my washing machine, for less than $10, all by myself. I didn't even ask Google! I can fix basic mechanical things where I can...

Rural mental health crisis

I can’t quite believe it, but Santa is coming to town this weekend! Oamaru’s annual Christmas parade is once again set to draw in the...

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...
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