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Strategic goals for Hawke’s Bay

April 30, 2008

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has taken a major step — at least potentially — in the direction of providing more and better strategic leadership for Hawke’s Bay. HBRC has embraced a comprehensive set of strategic goals and objectives developed over the past several months, together with a three-year Council workplan designed to advance them. […]

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The ethics of water

April 29, 2008

Last week, a Green Party-sponsored forum provided diverse perspectives on water issues from the Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Council, the Green Party, and from Morry Black, representing Maori views. Morry, director of the Maori Protection Agency and a Maori representative to both the Regional and Hastings Councils, began his remarks with an inspiring insight […]

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Morry Black, Mauri Protection Agency – The Ethics of Water

April 29, 2008

Morry Black, Mauri Protection Agency: The Ethics of Water Maori place similar values on water as other sectors of the community … for washing for cleansing, fishing, for recreation, for education, for farming activities, but underlying these is another set of values that are deeply entrenched. WHAKAPAPA – Mainstream interpret this as genealogy, but whakapapa […]

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Swimmers to invade Marineland

April 29, 2008

Outraged that they are more and more often kicked out of the Napier Aquatic Centre, casual swimmers have schooled together with the intention of practising their backstrokes at Marineland. Increasingly, it seems, Aquatic Centre use is being booked in advance, forcing the casual swimmers, including those doing aquatic rehab, to flounder on dry land. Noticing […]

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10 years is too long

April 28, 2008

Last week, in remarks to a public meeting on water issues, Chairman Rex McIntyre of the Regional Council asked the gathered citizens to be patient … positive change was a-comin. He said it took ten years to move from the point of identifying a possible water management issue or problem, to researching the matter and […]

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Why not make electricity free too?

April 24, 2008

And petrol too. Just like water! Every individual in modern society, and all of our commercial enterprises, are fundamantally dependent on these “necessities,” so why shouldn’t they be free? Part of our natural right to a carefree existence. Ridiculous, you say. It costs money to produce electricity and fuel … and someone has to pay. […]

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Councillors respond on sports park

April 22, 2008

Many BayBuzz readers have sent letters to Mayor Yule and Hastings Councillors opposing the proposed regional sports park. Councillors Robert Burnside and Anne Wilson have shared their responses with us. We’ve published Robert’s as our Guest Buzzmaker column for this week, while Anne’s can be read here. Robert has pretty serious reservations about the proposed […]

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