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Councils can’t identify spending cuts

May 29, 2009

To its credit, as part of its overall budget exercise, the National Government managed to find $2 billion in concrete spending cuts and savings over the next four years, enabling them to re-direct these funds into alternative priorities. To document this, it published a list of the specific cuts and amounts saved. I wouldn’t agree […]

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22,000 Hastings citizens flock to dog hearing

May 27, 2009

In a tremendous demonstration of citizen participation, an estimated 22,000 Hastings residents turned out for a public meeting yesterday on dog control. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” exclaimed Mayor Yule, “This is twice the number of people that voted for me in the last election. I want them to know I feel their anxiety. […]

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Democracy … you gotta luv it!

May 26, 2009

Democracy … from two Greek words meaning “people” and “rule”. Separately these words are benign enough. But put them together and watch out! Democracy is playing out in amusing ways in each of our local councils these days. In Hastings on Wednesday, the Council will spend hours at a session devoted entirely to listening to […]

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Dare they cooperate?

May 25, 2009

In their draft ten-year plans (LTCCPs), the Hastings, Napier and Regional Councils each display the same chart touting the various initiatives on which they, plus the Wairoa and CHB Councils, have collaborated or are currently working on together. Nevertheless, more cynical council-watchers might say that this synchronized communication itself is in fact one of the […]

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Don’t try this at home

May 22, 2009

Unless you have a broadband connection! Just for a break from the vexing issues of Hawke’s Bay, here’s a link to the top ten viral online videos in the world in the past week. Or you can skip directly to one of my three favorites: 1. For all the Poms out there, Hey Jude, an […]

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Greens looking sharper

May 21, 2009

Although I consider myself an environmentalist, I’m not a Green as defined in NZ politics. But I do think the Greens have sharpened their political game lately. First came their memorandum of understanding signed with National back in April. Here’s how it was assessed by conservative pundit David Farrar (complete article here): “By signing this […]

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BayBuzz Digest offers HB Inc to Grada

May 21, 2009

Hawke’s Bay Inc, the region’s economic development and tourism agency, is now under the supervision of the Regional Council, and will be funded through that Council in the future. In the May BayBuzz Digest, Neil Kirton, Chairman of HB Inc (Venture Hawke’s Bay as of July 1) provides the rationale for this new approach in […]

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