FROM THE EDITOR

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - Daniel Hutchin­son

The last few days has been a bit of a blast from the past.

It was a case of flash­back to 1996, when Win­ston Peters was first king­maker. It was also the last time I went ski­ing - un­til Fri­day that is.

Now, the two of those might not seem overly re­lated but for me, they are.

For starters, that ski trip on Mt Hutt in Can­ter­bury ended with a spec­tac­u­lar bus crash, on the moun­tain road, from which all 30 of us crawled out the back win­dow rel­a­tively un­scathed. If I re­call cor­rectly, a sim­i­lar thing hap­pened to that coali­tion, ex­cept for the un­scathed bit.

Any­way, I re­turned to the slopes on Fri­day, at Whaka­papa, and al­most in­stantly picked up where I left off 21 years ago. Talk about mus­cle mem­ory. What an awe­some day - loads of fresh snow and sun­shine.

The elec­tion has also picked up ex­actly where it left off 21 years ago too. The smart money is on a Na­tional-nz First coali­tion but will there be a big twist in the tale, like there was back then? NEWS DIREC­TOR: Daniel Hutchin­son, daniel.hutchin­son@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz; 027 809 6854. SE­NIOR REPORTER: Luke Kirkeby, 027 204 2913, luke.kirkeby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. SALES MAN­AGER: An­to­nio Ganz, 027 204 2920, an­to­nio.ganz@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz SE­NIOR SALES CON­SUL­TANT: Matt Holmes, 027 807 4632, matt.holmes@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz, CLAS­SI­FIEDS: 0800 800 373 swn@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz or Lynda 07 888 7011, MISSED DE­LIV­ERY: 0800 339 000, DIG­I­TAL EDI­TION: south­waika­tonews.co.nz. FACE­BOOK: face­book.com/south­waika­tonews. DIS­PLAY AD DEAD­LINES: 4pm Thurs­day. AD­DRESS: 45 Heuheu St, Taupo or PO Box 205, Taupo

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