Editor's Say

High hopes

Voter turnout in New Zealand elections is woeful but there are signs that a stronger showing by Labour could get more people out on polling day; there is a feeling that this time, it could be a tight contest. The three Meet the Candidates sessions that...... Read More

Sold a pup

It has been six years and 10 months since Rodney Hide visited Wellsford and informed us all we were going to be dragged into the Auckland Supercity, whether we liked it or not. Nobody has seen Hide nor hair of him since. We were told that we would have:...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters Off the Record - 20 September 2017

Hardly recognisable Come election time, political candidates are fond of having their faces emblazoned on billboards all around the electorate. Alas, Rodney MP Mark Mitchell must wonder if the investment is worth it.  While rubbing shoulders with...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters Letters - 20 September 2017

Damage wrought Gareth Morgan’s research claims that most people vote tribally, as if they were backing a sports team, regardless of how their party is performing. National Party loyalists, though, should really reflect on the damage the government...... Read More

Preparing for spring

Finally, winter is almost over. I know some people like winter, but I’m definitely not one of them. August is the toughest winter month for plants. It seems that Mother Nature likes to test the theory of evolution by throwing everything she has...... Read More

Itchy and scratchy

When your pets are constantly scratching it is unsettling for the whole family. Unfortunately, most skin conditions take time to sort out completely. Nevertheless, there are some very good medications, which can provide almost instant relief from the...... Read More

This is the life

So I’ve been a little holiday piggy, waltzing around in a bikini, drenched in sun cream and barefoot on beaches, while all of you guys have been freezing your knackers off hiding under puffer jackets and umbrellas! That wasn’t very sporting...... Read More

Cellaring beer

The Germans have a saying, and it goes something like this, “Only drink beer in the shadow of the brewery”. It refers to their philosophy that fresh beer is best. While I would generally champion this line of thought, there is always an exception...... Read More

Supercity sux

I read Tracey Martin’s Viewpoint (MM July 5) asking how the Supercity is working. That’s easy. It isn’t. Tracey is not right that it was a National-led idea. The former Labour government appointed the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance...... Read More

Stop kidding ourselves

Targeted rates are not OK (MM June 14).  By the time the targeted rate is split into three or four projects my road in N.W. Rodney will never be sealed. I moved here 15 years ago and thought at the time this road will never be sealed in my lifetime....... Read More