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Clive sewage stink solved!

May 30, 2010

Inside sources tell BayBuzz that after months of searching for chemical and technological “fixes” for its stinking sewage treatment plant, the Hastings Council has come up with a solution. HDC’s stink abatement coordinator Brett Fraser has discovered a mechanical odour eradicator, called the Entabulator, which, at a cost of $750,000 per unit (not yet clear [...]

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Brendan Webb: Buzzing With the Blowflies

May 29, 2010

In Mustn’t Grumble, columnist and writer Joe Bennett’s wonderful romp around Britain, he recalls a gang of motorcyclists “buzzing up the lane like flies” and clustering around his borrowed Audi convertible in their black leathers as if it were rotting meat. He returns anxiously to the car only to find the motorcycle gang consists of [...]

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Des Ratima: Environmental Issues, The Food of Politicians

May 29, 2010

If I were a budding politician, looking for a range of issues that would attract comment and debate, I would not need to go to far past all things environment. Get the debate right and you could attract wide community support. Get it wrong and you could attract wide condemnation. Maybe that is why many [...]

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Tim Gilbertson: Enforce and Penalise

May 29, 2010

One of the great  privileges of my life  is membership on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Transport Committee. As its name suggests, it is concerned with transport issues in Hawke’s Bay. One of these issues is road safety. We angst at length about the road toll and how to reduce it. We discuss enforcement, publicity campaigns, [...]

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Anna Lorck: Never Had It So Good

May 29, 2010

Growing up I was always asked what I wanted to be. The answer was never expected to be “a mother” … that was a given. No, the women in my life wanted to know what “career ambitions” I had. It was instilled in me that I would work from an early age. My grandmothers – [...]

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Elizabeth Sisson: Struggling Families

May 29, 2010

The world might be coming out of recession, but it’s leaving some people behind, like flotsam on the beach. And not just people on fixed incomes – pensioners and state beneficiaries – are affected. It’s also the people who have been working, raising a family, paying their mortgage and generally treading water. As prices for [...]

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Cranford: Good news … bad news

May 28, 2010

Two important developments to report. First, the good news. Shaun Robinson has resigned as CEO of Presbyterian support “to pursue other opportunities in strategic management.” But this is only the first of management changes required at Cranford. However, at Cranford the focus is on firing nurses. And which nurses were informed they were no longer [...]

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