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Students dissect Hawke’s Bay

March 30, 2010

Each August, dozens of students from the University of Auckland’s School of Environment descend upon Hawke’s Bay for a week of field research. They’re studying “Human Geography” which, as you’ll see from some of the research titles I mention, covers a lot of territory. Many businesses, private citizens, NGOs, and local body staff and Councillors […]


I’m an Aquarius

March 28, 2010

I’m an Aquarius … “let the sun shine in” is my mantra. So I am regularly disappointed, with all the sunshine in which Hawke’s Bay basks, how little of it penetrates our Councils’ walls. To the contrary, “Council transparency” is an oxymoron. Here’s an episode from the last HB Regional Council meeting that illustrates the […]


Ocean Beach victory!

March 27, 2010

The Environment Court has ruled that Andy Lowe’s Hill Country Corp must pay the full costs — some $300,000 — incurred by the Hastings Council in reviewing his proposed private plan change to build 1,000 housing units at Ocean Beach. This is a terrific victory most notably for the 12,000 people who signed the Friends […]


Two celebrations and one …

March 25, 2010

From the March Baybuzz Digest, here are two celebrations and one lament from our regular columnists … Anna Lorck, Des Ratima and Tim Gilbertson. In Coming 2nd, Anna Lorck celebrates sport and its lessons, including the value of competition. In Nga Marae, Des Ratima celebrates the core significance of the Marae, and explains a movement […]


It’s not easy seeming green

March 24, 2010

That’s the headline from this article in the 23 March edition of The Economist. After a discourse on the various ways NZ policies and practices belie its carefully cultivated “clean, green” image, the article concludes: “In many ways, the dilemma New Zealand faces is no different to that of other rich countries—how to balance economic […]


Education Standards

March 23, 2010

You might have seen or heard adverts in recent days urging people to nominate themselves to run for their local school boards. So it’s kind of unfortunate timing-wise that a major battle is underway between the professional educational establishment and the National-led Government on the issue of national educational standards, as championed by John Key […]


The ink was barely dry

March 22, 2010

No sooner had we published the latest BayBuzz Digest, with an article by Elizabeth Sisson on Maori health underspending, then we discovered that the problem had already worsened. Here’s Elizabeth’s article. It reports on $947,000 in unspent funds that have been allocated for Maori health services in the HBDHB’s budget for the current fiscal year […]