Opinion

Fuel tax bad news for southern NZ

As your local MP, it's my job to let you know just what's going on behind the scenes in that big beehive-looking building they...

In praise of volunteers

Saturday morning. The birdsong is slowly exchanged with the chatter of families arriving. The customary aroma of sausage and onion competes with the cooler morning...

How to win the war with your wallet

Do you sometimes feel you are in a battle with your wallet? You want to be good and not buy that lovely pair of shoes...

My old nemesis running returns

I play field hockey now. I'll tell you what doesn't hurt – getting hit with a hockey ball. I'll tell you what does hurt – running. I...

Strong community in good hands

At its heart, Oamaru is a place where locals work hard, care deeply, and enjoy the best of North Otago. I recently met a typical...

Busy? Take a minute to think

June has rocked around as it always does and "busy" is the new "weather" of chats. How are you? So busy. Can't believe it's June...

Cute, despite disability

My weird little hermaphrodite cat Ginger Rogers came to an unfortunate end after a road accident recently. It was not a huge surprise, as she...

The benefits of collaborating

Business is supposed to be competitive, right? You must be better than the competition and win the most sales. Back when I worked in recruitment,...

What’s with this quiz night malarkey?

Hey, do you guys know Wagon Wheel? Sometimes the week before a column is due I have a total blank about what to write about...

Different for generation off to war

War is mostly a foreign concept to my generation. I'm 27 now, and for the past 10 years the biggest danger to me and my...

There’s a time to quit and a time to carry on

I'm a quitter! It's true – and it's OK. Quitting gets a bad rap, but I'm not entirely sure it's justified. I don't think I've ever...

Castle has put house tour on map

Eighteen months ago, I received a phone call to see whether I thought Oamaru could host a national house tour. Did we have a range...

Live entertainment in abundance

From what I can tell, for Oamaru's size, we have a massive amount of musicians in and around our town. Is this normal? Perhaps I...

Stuff of nightmares: suffering an opshop hangover

I own stuff! I own too much stuff. I love the idea of living in one of those tiny homes on a large trailer, but...

Glad to be back in this lively, lovely town

When I decided to move back to Oamaru, and back to print journalism, some people told me I was crazy. At times, I wondered if...
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