Opinion

March Hare disappointment made up for by Bushtown Steam Up Day

It's been an intriguing month for many within the Waimate district, with Covid-19 alert levels coming back into play and then within a matter...

Never be afraid to let your imagine run wild

We all have visions and dreams. They give us purpose and fuel our efforts to make them real. Imagination is a force. It is a human...

Wild, wonderful Chatham Islands

Anyone who casually drops into a conversation "I've had 19 great white shark encounters" immediately gets my respect. This is a yarn I had with...

Question is: who’s the source of the story?

Let's talk about talk. When I was a child, my dad would often tell a story about how he got his first import licence. Apparently, back...

Driving around school shocks

I recently spent the morning watching parents and caregivers drop the most precious things in their worlds off at school. What was shocking and disappointing...

District nurses deserve our appreciation

The past few weeks have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for New Zealand, our community, and your hospital. To lock down or not...

Much riding on smooth vaccine delivery

If Covid-19 has taught us anything it is to never be complacent. This time last year we were monitoring the situation with Covid-19, as New...

Events aplenty already in 2021

As today marks the first Mayoral Matters column, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy New Year and a...

Carbon credit farming far from ideal solution

One of the major challenges for communities everywhere in New Zealand is dealing with the issues surrounding climate change. Unfortunately, one of the major problems...

Learning how to claim your voice

Fear is an internal response to a perceived threat. But why do we sometimes feel fear when logically we have nothing to be afraid of? Our...

Control of water supplies looming issue

"I bet you're glad you're not on the Dunedin Council right now." At least four people have said that to me since news broke of...

Unnecessary risks holiday theme

Unnecessary risks. This was the phrase used by police acting national road policing manager Inspector Peter McKennie to describe what drivers took over the holiday...

In praise of permanent doctors

Last year, 2020, done and dusted. Oh what a year! For our family, the move to the mighty Waitaki and the seaside village of Oamaru (or...

Anti-change brigade does a disservice

Change is nature's evolution. Continual improvements provide for nature's survival and truth is always found when observing nature - this is Darwinism at its finest. When...

Hoping for less dramatic year than last

Happy New Year. It almost feels too late to be saying that, only days away from February, but it is my first Oamaru Mail...
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