Opinion

Ways to help cope with drought

Imagine having your income dictated by something you can't control - the weather. Herbert sheep farmer Jo Hay offers some insight into what drought...

Taking on debt over holidays not good idea

The year has flown by, the bank accounts are feeling empty and Christmas is rapidly looming. Whatever your situation is, I can only emphasise to...

Thoughts turn to how district has changed

A couple of weeks ago, the Waitaki District Council called a meeting at Tokarahi to discuss the Livingstone fire, which occurred earlier in the...

Reassuring absence of apathy

Two months ago, the Jamieson clan moved up the line, from the southern charms of Invercargill to Oamaru, to take on the new challenge...

Collective for local businesses

Back in the day, when people asked me what I was studying and I said, "psychology", their response was usually to fold their arms,...

Focus on road safety next week

Road Safety Week is nearly upon us. This year, it runs from November 9 to 15. It is a chance for all road users to reflect...

RIP Hank Williams – my dog, that is

It's been a bad year for old dogs. I've had several friends say goodbye to theirs this year. I get sad when dogs die, and I...

Overcoming 2020’s hurdles

October 12 came and went without too much fanfare, not the least because the council was rather preoccupied with the aftermath of the Ohau...

Value of community brought home

This week we farewell reporter Gus Patterson from the Oamaru Mail. He reflects on his time here and thanks readers before he heads off...

Crucial to understand how influence works

As we settle post-election and enjoy our hard-fought freedoms (teamwork works), we can now start looking ahead and seeing what's next. Influence and positional power...

Sheer talent on show delights audiences

Theatre review Reviewed by Sally Brooker The Wind in the Willows Musical Theatre Oamaru Children's Theatre Oamaru Repertory Theatre Sunday, October 11 What a delight...

Disaster evacuation plan main reason no lives lost

The huge wildfire that caused widespread devastation to the Lake Ohau Village was one of the worst such disasters in New Zealand for many...

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...
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