Opinion

Shop local for the Markle sparkle

I absolutely love living in Oamaru. I was born and bred here and I loved growing up in a small town – although I certainly...

Team trusted to tackle the issues

Well, another election is over, and I have begun work to establish an effective committee structure. Council staff have been getting new councillors booked into...

Being different a good thing

Neat Feet is a shop that has been in Oamaru for more than 30 years – and is an independent owner-operated business. I have owned...

For the benefit of us all

Olivia Kwant does a little happy dance when people support local businesses, such as her vintage shop, Nanna Bangles, in Oamaru's Victorian precinct. Shopping...

Shopping locally helps us all prosper

Buying into the Heath 2000 franchise 12 years ago brought Lynette Taylor back to Oamaru, the town where her grandparents lived and her parents...

Just what I wanted was right here in town

Last week I went shopping for a new cat door. You see, it was a surprise to come home and find two ginger cats inside,...

Service essential to keep happy customers

When Mandy Wong and Tom Nie moved to Oamaru, the community welcomed them with open arms. They were blown away by the kindness of...

Shopping locally supports wider community

When Kimberley Bray and partner Lyndon Armstrong started looking for a new premises for their business Sub & Tarctic, there were 10 empty shops...

Visitors vital to local economy

Originally from the UK, I grew up on a dairy farm in coastal Dorset, an area now called the Jurassic Coast (a Unesco Geopark!). My...

Supporting rural mental health

In Oamaru, we're lucky to have a coalition of organisations like the Safer Waitaki network to support our community's most vulnerable. Safer Waitaki works together...

It’s time for a lower voting age

Local elections are an important time for a community. In fact, any election is an important time. They are the whole basis of our society –...

A year, like pets, comes and goes

It has been a year of firsts and lasts – and also dead pets in the freezer. While it is a bit early for a...

Taking a step into Thames St

After growing up on the Waitaki Plains, Elise Blundell spent time living in Waimate, Wellington and Whangarei. But Oamaru drew the acupuncturist back and...

Gold at the end of the rainbow

For Philina Den Dulk, Oamaru used to be that place you drove through on the way to somewhere else. But after moving here eight...

Planning for death made easy over coffee and cake

We have recently started up a "Death Cafe" here in Oamaru. The reaction to the name itself has been really interesting. Why do you have to...
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