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Sports Park’s finest hour?

July 31, 2009

The Hastings sports park passed its final legal hurdle this week, winning the approval of the Environment Court. Unfortunately, its finest hour might have been in the courtroom. Time will tell whether this Council enterprise fares better than Splash Planet. And let’s be clear, the sports park is a Council enterprise, despite the fancy legal [...]

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Shame on National!

July 29, 2009

So says the Green Party, after National voted yesterday to kill a bill that would seek to strengthen implementation of NZ’s Marine Mammal Protection Act and related laws. The Greens are especially upset because National appears to have reneged on a pre-election commitment made in October 2008 in response to questioning by the Science Media [...]

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Kudos to Hastings Hearings Committee

July 28, 2009

Yesterday the Regional Council got some plaudits. Today it’s the Hearings Committee of the Hastings Council to receive appreciation. From Anne Marsh, a strong supporter of the Springhill Addiction Centre in Napier. As most of you know, the DHB wants to re-locate the facility to a former rest home opposite Cornwall Park in Hastings. Springhill [...]

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Regional Council report cards

July 28, 2009

The HB Regional Council was recently rated on two report cards, and issued one of its own. Good news all around. The first report involves evaluation by the Ministry of Environment of the processing of consents by all regional councils under the Resource Management Act (RMA). HBRC processed to completion 671 consents in 2007/08, 13% [...]

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Opinion split on Havelock McDonald’s

July 24, 2009

Here’s a progress report on our survey about the Big Mac coming to Havelock North. Yes, two properties have been sold to McDonald’s, just off the roundabout after Havelock Road crosses the Karamu Stream, intersects with Karanema Drive and continues into Havelock Village. No formal application for any necessary permit or consent has not yet [...]

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Cultural relief

July 21, 2009

In case you haven’t seen the June/July BayBuzz Digest, here are three articles covering the Bay’s art world that provide some inspiring relief from council issues. Roy Dunningham reviews the recent Hastings City Art Gallery exhibition, The Labours of Herakles, by Marian Maguire. He called it “the most interesting and satisfying exhibition of New Zealand [...]

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Rationing: Health care’s dirty word

July 20, 2009

A thought-provoking article in last Sunday’s New York Times posed this health care scenario: “You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of US$54,000. Is [...]

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