Opinion

Please explain

As CDs took over, vinyl and turntables went into hibernation waiting for the past to rear its analogue head, waiting for ...

OPINION: I’ve done my time listening, reviewing and broadcasting music. And I still don’t get it. I don't get why vinyl is back.

People's champion

Former Hamilton city councillor Jean Vickridge’s ‘‘absolute focus was on how we were becoming a more diverse society’’,  ...

OBITUARY: "She was a truly inspirational person to work with, and her warmth, caring nature, and sense of humour shone through in everything she did."

Kiwi connections

This month marks the first anniversary of John Clarke's death, long remembered as New Zealand's beloved Fred Dagg.

OPINION: There's something very satisfying about how the son of our greatest politician coincidentally knows our greatest writer and the mother of our greatest comic. From Seddon to Mansfield to Dagg: that's Pākehā New Zealand culture in a nutshell.

Service you can't bank on

It’s not always easy navigating life’s ups and downs.

OPINION: Frozen bank accounts, suspicious insurance companies, patronising customer service – no-one talks much about all the little stuff that happens after someone dies.

OPINION: Driver fatigue is a factor

Thames-Coromandel Hauraki road policing team Sergeant Rachel Holmes.

It is pleasing to see our roads and road policing prominent with politicians, related agencies and the media presently.

Disease likely here to stay

Dairy farmers attend a Mycoplasma bovis field day at a dairy farm near Marton in the Rangitikei.

OPINION: Given the poor success rate of eradicating invasions of exotic organisms in New Zealand, it is highly unlikely that Mycoplasma bovis will be wiped out or even contained.

Telegraph Road

Hamilton City's rates hike could force some people to hit the road.

OPINION: As the council letters went out to ratepayers around Hamilton last week, you could feel the collective sucking in of the Waikato air as homeowners started to do the math.

Fitting sendoff

Wallie Newport was a sergeant in the NZ Army before transferring to the navy as a young man.

OBITUARY: A man of many interests, Wallie Newport made his mark on the world.

Grand game in play

Councillor Garry Mallett, middle, outdid himself last week when he explained the mysteries of Hamilton City’s financial ...

OPINION: Financial information from Hamilton City Council's bureaucratic wing hasn't exactly been crystal clear.

French Toast, big band a perfect combination

French Toast: Linn Lorkin, Hershal Herscher and Peter Scott.

A taste of French Toast and big band jazz featured at Cambridge's St Andrew's Church.

'A political miracle'

A poster supporting equality, for a public meetings in Wellington in 1985.

OPINION: 1970s New Zealand - "a terrible and frightening time to be gay".

OPINION: reduce your speed

Thames-Coromandel Hauraki road policing team Sergeant Rachel Holmes.

If you were with me today, you would hear my sigh of relief.

Farewell to Mr Consistency

Rod Wells Rod raced for about 17 years and was known as Mr Consistency among his fellow competitors.

OBITUARY: Those who knew Rod Wells will not be surprised to hear he was buried in his racing leathers, motorcycle badges, his favourite Buffalo rally T-shirt and a tube of lip moisturiser.

Semple Street boy

The Nathans, back left to right, Te Rori, Michelle, Riwia; front,Te Anga, Patricia and Selwyn.

OPINION: Huntly west was a great place to grow up, recalls Te Anga Nathan of his childhood home.

Sorry sight

Steve Smith openly wept about how he had let his dear old dad down.

OPINION: The 21st century public apology is our equivalent of the Spanish Inquisition or Stalin's show trials of the 1930s.

Enrolments up

Waikato University  now has 14 academic disciplines ranked in the top 300 globally (file photo).

OPINION: Things are looking up at Waikato University with student numbers increasing after a long period of declining enrolments.

Lycra pack drives me mad

On the open road it might not be so bad, but put MAMILs in an urban environment and all hell can break loose.

OPINION: I was once a strong advocate for cyclists, but not any more. And the MAMILs are to blame.

Show no mercy

Hamilton .  13/06/03 .. Model poses smoking Methamphetamine drugs using a lightbulb ice pipe .  pipe . Ice . P . meth . ...

OPINION: Drug dealers are criminals of the worst kind and any suggestion of decriminalising their activities makes about as much sense as decriminalising rape and murder.

Behind closed doors

OPINION: The Hamilton rumour mill is working overtime. It sounds like the calm before a storm. It's like that noise you can't really hear, but you can feel.

CEO search over

The Waikato District Health Board needs a new chief.

OPINION: Being the chief executive of the Waikato District Health Board offers job satisfaction to rival that found in the world of greedy commissions, professional duplicity and hyperbolic word play. Frankly, I fancy my chances.

A cultured woman

Leonie Marks lived through a time when women were often discouraged from tertiary study and thought difficult if they ...

OBITUARY: Shaped by her time and her place, Leonie Marks was a bottler, seamstress, and cook. But she was also a progressive thinker, a conversationalist, and a feminist by example.

A week in Ward 8

David Ray spent time in Waikato Hospital's Ward 8.

OPINION: David Ray's first trip to hospital was for a brain tumour. It taught him a lot about life, humanity and the health system.

Art is indicator of town's culture

Shaun O'Neill wants Te Aroha's township to be a centre place of the community.

Opinion: If you are looking for inspiration then Te Aroha will be able to maximize that potential.

More people moving to Te Aroha

Shaun O'Neill wants Te Aroha's township to be a centre place of the community.

Opinion: The majority of the purchasers are retirees with about 30 per cent being young working couples and families.

Wild horses

Wild Kaimanawa horses cross a stream on the way to the muster yards (file photo).

OPINION: From a purely ecological point of view, wild horses do not belong in the Kaimanawa Ranges but the chocolate box image of horses have blinded law makers to what is in fact just another exotic pest animal.

Teacher farewelled

Hugh Barr liked to encourage his students to think outside the square.

OBITUARY: Hugh Barr liked to think outside the square and encouraged his students to do the same.

Highway to hell

The annual Whangamatā Beach Hop always attracts a fantastic lineup of classic cars.

OPINION: SH2 between Tauranga and Waihi Beach is where the political rubber meets the road and much of isn’t moving.

Crickets' serenade

Black field crickets have been officially determined a pest in New Zealand, a threat to pasture.

OPINION: I am well inclined toward the cricket. A different class of citizen from your average fly, that's for sure.

Chronic board failure needs cure

Former Waikato DHB chairman Bob Simcock (file photo).

OPINION: Waikato DHB spending shemozzle is the latest debacle from a dysfunctional board

A different reality

Rosemary McLeod: Was nobody commenting on the unfortunate Young Labour event ever young and stupid, or ever been drunk, ...

OPINION: Have we calmed down after the unfortunate event at the Young Labour youth camp, or are we still trembling at its implications?

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