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Tale of two cities

June 30, 2009

In his recent LTCCP submission, former Napier Councillor Robin Gwynn provided a comparative analysis of deprivation levels in various Wards in Napier. Using the standard data and methodology employed by Statistics NZ (which aggregates data on basically a city block basis), he showed the dramatic contrast in deprivation levels in Nelson Park and Onekawa-Tamatea as [...]

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Barbara Arnott – What Others Say

June 28, 2009

Barbara Arnott Mayor, Napier I expect the Study to achieve: • Identification of needs associated with growth in the area; • Surety of a framework to work within for the whole community; • Protection of identified special feature areas (rural, historic, agricultural, high density etc); • Create a consistent data set that can be used across the Heretaunga Plains [...]

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Tom Belford – Living Off the Land

June 28, 2009

Whenever the overall prosperity and growth potential of the Bay’s economy is discussed, much of the attention focuses on the farming sector. Observers say that agricultural activities of all kinds, including food processing and providing specialised services to the sector, account for 40% or so of HB’s economic output and for about 17% of its [...]

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Counterpoint: Tim Gilbertson – Wanted: Barking Dogs

June 28, 2009

The amalgamation debate reminds me of the famous Sherlock Holmes story. The eccentric pipe smoking Pom detective tells Dr Watson about the dog barking during the night. “But the dog didn’t bark in the night,” replies the simple Doctor. “That,” says the Great Detector, “is the extraordinary factor.”                      Amalgamation, or shared services, is the [...]

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Mayor Lawrence Yule – Our Land, Our Economy and Our Future

June 28, 2009

The Heretaunga Plains, and the water beneath them, form the basis for a significant chunk of the Hawke’s Bay economy. Our climate, old river beds and former swamps provide rich growing conditions which would be hard to replicate anywhere in the world.   The quality varies, but these flat soils cover around 30,000 hectares. At the [...]

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Phyllis Tichinin – Consumers — Know Your Brix!

June 28, 2009

Consumers – Know Your Brix! Phyllis Tichinin On average, the vitamin and mineral content of our food has declined 60% in the last 60 years of chemically oriented farming.* All the supplements and nutriceutals we’re taking are meant to be in our food, not something we have to pay extra for. This lack of nutrition, [...]

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Phyllis Tichinin – Council’s Role — Education

June 28, 2009

District and regional councils are taking an active role in shaping our environment, and agriculture is so closely linked to our environment in Hawke’s Bay. Biological farming can rapidly address many of our environmental challenges like water quality, soil collapse and nitrate and phosphate leachate.  To facilitate environmental regeneration with biological farming, our Councils could [...]

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