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Political leaders agree on Bay study

November 28, 2011

Good news! Here’s the full text of the media release issued Monday afternoon by the mayors of Napier, Hastings, Wairoa, CHB and the chairman of the Regional Council … “The Mayors, Chair and Chief Executives of the 5 Hawke’s Bay Councils have agreed to undertake a study of Hawke’s Bay’s economic and social performance and [...]

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Public rates HB water quality

November 27, 2011

BayBuzz recently sponsored a public forum on water issues in the Bay. A bit over 200 people attended, and 107 of those completed a survey asking their opinion on a number of water issues and policies. I do not represent this as a scientific sampling of Bay citizens. Although the forum was widely advertised and [...]

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Waiting with bated breath on regional study

November 23, 2011

As you know, I support A Better Hawke’s Bay (ABHB), now with 1,000 supporters, in its advocacy of a comprehensive study of Hawke’s Bay’s performance — one that includes re-examining the suitability of our local/regional governance arrangements going forward. Yesterday we might have made significant progress … but we won’t know for sure until next [...]

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National neutering Regional Council(s)

November 17, 2011

I just read through the National Party’s environment policy statement (download PDF here). It re-states a message already clearly delivered back in September by Environment Minister Smith and Ag Minister Carter, when they formally charged the National Land and Water Forum to advise on the next phases of central government intervention in freshwater quality and [...]

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Some Regional Councillors are camera shy

November 14, 2011

Faced with a 4-4 vote tie (Councillor Kirton absent), Chairman Fenton Wilson used his casting vote to put online webcasting and archiving of Regional Council meetings into next year’s proposed Long Term Plan, at the recent meeting of HBRC’s Corporate & Strategic Committee. Supporting the webcasting proposal (urged upon the HBRC by BayBuzz in our [...]

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Transparency on display at Cranford

November 14, 2011

Earlier this month, Cranford Hospice conducted its first public Annual Meeting, an initiative of the insitution’s new Governance Board chaired by Ken Gilligan. As is pretty well known, BayBuzz was a vocal critic of Cranford’s previous management regime. The new team, with Gilligan as chair and Helen Blaxland as general manager, seems to be a [...]

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More from BayBuzz magazine

November 12, 2011

For our digital readers, here are more articles from the Nov/Dec issue of BayBuzz magazine. In Earthquake Released More Than the Earth’s Strain, Michael Fowler offers another entertaining look at the historical Hasting-Napier rivalry. Janet Luke introduces us to the possibilities of urban gardening in Chickens Are the New Black. A new business with huge [...]

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