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“More public service jobs on the line”

May 29, 2011

That was a headline in the DomPost last week, referring of course to central government. Don’t expect to see a headline like that in Hawke’s Bay Today anytime soon! Although it’s budgeting crunch time for our local Councils, one thing you can be absolutely, positively sure of … personnel cuts are not on the table. […]


The Mayor meets the Lilliputians

May 25, 2011

Hat in hand, like us mere citizen submitters to various Council Annual Plans, Mayor Lawrence Yule has approached his fellow Councils to pitch them for some money. Having missed their submission deadlines, he needed their special dispensation. Specifically, he wants the Regional and Napier Councils to co-sponsor with Hastings a study of the pros and […]


Roy Dunningham reviews Creative HB Invitational

May 24, 2011

Roy Dunningham has covered several Creative Hawke’s Bay Invitationals for BayBuzz. Here he reviews the current 2011 Invitational, exhibiting at the Hastings City Art Gallery through June 26th. Creative Hawke’s Bay Invitational 2011 By Roy Dunningham This year’s Creative Hawke’s Bay Invitational at the Hastings City Art Gallery should be the best yet, but it […]


City Under the Sea

May 23, 2011

BayBuzz originally broke this story on 21 April 2008, when we reported on a secret trip Mayor Barbara Arnott had made to Amsterdam and Venice. Here’s what we wrote to our three readers, exclusive of immediate family, at that time (now we have about 3,000 online unique readers per month): “Prodded by Mayor Arnott, who […]


Which Minister matters most?

May 22, 2011

Which one of the following Ministers is most important to the future of New Zealand? Minister of Tourism Minister for Children Minister of Racing Minister for Senior Citizens Minister for Rugby World Cup Which of those do we not have? When I think of the future — at least in terms of potential — I […]


BBC slams “clean, green’ in Key interview

May 18, 2011

While attending a wedding in London, John Key was interviewed for the BBC’s Hardtalk program by reporter Stephen Sackur. I encourage you to watch the interview, which comes in Part 1 and Part 2. About eleven minutes into the first segment, then continuing into the second segment, Sackur challenges Key on the “clean, green” image […]


Lousy water deal will spill into HB

May 16, 2011

Last week, the Government announced a “Fresh Start on Freshwater Policy”. Basically, they want to accelerate irrigation, including here in Hawke’s Bay (as we explained in our last post), while offering up a soft noodle of a National Policy Statement on fresh water management as a sop to the broad public that might be concerned […]