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Wealth Inequality… The Asset Gap

04 October 2016

There have always been those at the top of the wealth pyramid and those at the bottom. Early Hawke’s Bay settlers like Henry Tiffen and J.N. Williams amassed fortunes from fruit growing and processing. Meat baron William Nelson was so…

Mark Sweet04 October 2016

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Nailing Our Colours to the Mast

04 October 2016

Photographs – Tim Whittaker Hawke’s Bay now proudly owns a new regional economic strategy (REDS). Formally titled MATARIKI: Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016, the strategy was announced with ministerial fanfare on July 27. Ministers Joyce,…

Tom Belford04 October 2016

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Going for the Green Gold

04 October 2016

We all know an O’Rouke, O’Sullivan or a Fitzpatrick. In fact 600,000 Kiwis have our beginnings in the Emerald Isles. We share potatoes, St Paddy’s Day, beer, work ethics, digging the soil, milking cows, humour and music. We both export…

Sarah Cates04 October 2016

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Not in Front of the Children

04 October 2016

All Black Norm Hewitt used a recent NZ-on-Air documentary, Making Good Men, to unpack his violence and the day he unleashed the volcano inside and delivered a substantial pummelling to a classmate. When Hewitt is just a small child in…

Jess Soutar Barron04 October 2016

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Cultivating Energy Savings in Farming

04 October 2016

Photographs – Tim Whittaker To escape the clutches of commodity market economics, Hawke’s Bay farmers, orchardists and food processors are being challenged to work smarter across the value chain, and this includes improving their energy profile – using energy that’s…

Keith Newman04 October 2016

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Kill less fish

16 August 2016

At the national level, the Labour Party complains: “The relationship between the Ministry and the commercial fishing industry is too cosy. First, MPI refuses to prosecute inshore trawlers despite evidence of large scale illegal fish dumping, and now it has…

Tom Belford16 August 2016

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Secrecy rules at Regional Council

04 October 2016

Here’s my Talking Point on council secrecy (unabridged version), published Wed in HB Today. Win or lose, I will continue…

Voting papers out

18 September 2016

Voting papers have started to arrive, and I hope you will take this opportunity to have your say, whoever your…

Thanks to my endorsers

11 September 2016

Not everyone is prepared to ‘nail their colours to the mast’ when it comes to their preferred candidates in local…

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