OPINION: It's 12:37 PM on a Friday. I am working from home, and I am wearing a thermal undershirt, a T-shirt, a Swanndri, a beanie, jeans, thick socks, and wool slippers.
OPINION: Expectations for the New Zealand cricket tour of England were exceedingly high. But they had our number.
OPINION: That a child should die in this country because the house it was living in was too damp and cold and a heater couldn’t afford to be run is a shocking state of affairs.
OPINION: Some councillors are much better than others at actually attending council meetings.
OPINION: It started with a simple question at an Auckland-based tertiary institution. Why are tertiary students choosing to enrol at our campus instead of other universities or polytechnics?
Butch Gifford was awarded a QSM for his services to the game of squash.
Sport Waikato calls better sideline behaviour from parents and spectators at sports events.
OPINION: Maybe it's time for cyclists to be licensed, the way car drivers are.
OPINION: Christopher Lee could convince as a Chinaman, a Russian or an Indian. We won't see his like again.
OPINION: A white woman pretending to be a black woman...what's wrong with that?
OPINION: Streeties have their own brand of gritty humour, their own warmth, laughter, tears, and some huge needs, writes Denise Irvine.
OPINION: How many women would you care to have, at any one time, to cater for your sexual appetites? You’re allowed four. Now, don’t complain.
OPINION: Did Fonterra get too big, too far away from grassroots dairy farming and too engrossed in joining the big boys of the international corporate world to see the bull crashing through the gate?
OPINION: I don't want MPs to vote on voluntary euthanasia according to their conscience, I want them to vote according to mine.
Graham Bates was an amazing singer who sang with many Hamilton choral groups.
OPINION: Will my murmuring some urgent petition heavenward really make some sort of measurable difference on the ground?
Kerry John McSweeney, 1939-2015 Matamata’s Kerry McSweeney was an old school chemist. He learned to roll customers’ pills and mix ointments and elixirs before those tasks were taken over by multinational pharmaceutical companies. He learned his skills in a four-year apprenticeship.
OPINION: What happens when the Hamilton City Council decides to do something about community funding? Community funding gets done over. That’s what’s just happened in Hamilton, where the speed and lack of consultation with which changes have been made to council funding of community organisations has been breathtaking.
OPINION: The sad if inevitable demise of lawyer Lecretia Seales last week, preceded so ungallantly by a judicial decision denying her the right to determine the circumstances of her own death, has ever so briefly stirred our political masters on the subject of voluntary euthanasia.
OPINION: Conditions are perfect for a repeat of the leaky homes tragedy.
OPINION: As ratepayers, we contribute nearly $1 million a year towards the salaries of our 12 Hamilton city councillors and, right now, we are being ripped off.
OPINION: Let me get something straight. We’re allowed to kill healthy people when at war, but we’re not allowed to assist suffering and terminally ill people to kill themselves, even when they beg us. Have I got that right?
OPINION: One of the best things about the Fieldays is just watching the crowds.
OPINION: Katie Fitzpatrick, author of the Education Ministry's sexuality education guidelines, responds to a Waikato Times opinion piece.
OPINION: Not since the dark days of the Great Depression has the plight of poverty-stricken people been so serious.
OPINION: Plastic shopping bags must be one of the most annoyingly useless convenience products ever created.
Clear divisions have formed inside Hamilton City Council's debating chamber.
OPINION: TV viewing numbers are a crock. And so is the reason for Campbell Live's demise.
OPINION: He wasn't for everyone, but John Campbell did offer viewers something distinctly different.
OPINION: Every so often, for a little bit of fun, I read through policy documents. It makes you appreciate how interesting the rest of life really is, and how tiny the ivory tower in which academics and policy buffs lock themselves.