Opinion

Make vaccination a priority to make best use of traffic light...

The latest South Canterbury District Health Board Covid-19 vaccination figures show the Waimate district lagging behind the rest of the region, with more than...

Govt must clear up Covid-19 uncertainties

If you are confused or uncertain about what our region’s immediate future looks like, you are not alone. This week, in its series of unclear...

Roundabouts and road works safe driving call

I know people are busy, I know some people are very busy. But judging by a few phone calls and emails I have received over...

The have-nots need to be addressed

This month, I wanted to talk about the haves, and the have-nots. It isn’t about financial equity or social equity. It is about the issue...

New Zealand deserved more planning in this pandemic

No matter what line of work you’re in, a little bit of planning to get you on the front foot can go a long...

Time to get on with it in new normal

Well, last Monday's announcement seems to have put the kibosh on a South Island with different-from-North-Island rules. Air New Zealand announced that no jabs means...

Parents need to think about Loch Laird

As we grow up, we all reach momentous milestones in our lives. They could be our first day at school, becoming a teenager, passing our...

Three Waters battle of local versus central

Brace yourselves, folks - there's a fight coming. Not locally, though there could be some (reasonably) polite dust-ups here as well, I'm picking. But the...

Call for help from public for upgrading of hospital chairs

In North Otago, we are showing our true colours as one of the best little rural hospitals in the country. But our team is being...

Choose kindness, ignore gossip

There are lots of things about living in the wonderful Waitaki that contribute towards our goal of being the best place to live. Some things...

Facing our fears, working together

Alex and I popped down to The Business Hive this week, masked and dangerous, armed with the now familiar Covid-yellow insulation tape and (coincidentally)...

Sea birds have outstayed their welcome

OPINION: Whose habitat is this? We have some real hero architecture in our urban area - and we also have settled right upon the coastline. However,...

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...
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