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Please help … I’m an addict

January 29, 2012

Last week TAG Oil and Apache Corporation gave their briefing to the Regional Council regarding oil exploration in our region (the area targeted is on Hawke’s Bay’s southern boundary). Alex Ferguson of Apache actually did all the talking, and it was evident that he’s made this kind of presentation probably hundreds of times. Deliver the [...]

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Give this speech in Hawke’s Bay, Minister Smith – Part 2

January 27, 2012

On Wednesday, MP Nick Smith gave a sweeping speech to the Nelson Rotary in his home constituency. He focused mostly on issues in his two ministerial portfolio areas … the environment and local government. With respect to the environment, Smith focused on protection of NZ’s ocean area, freshwater management, and the Emissions Trading Scheme. Here [...]

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Give this speech in Hawke’s Bay, Minister Smith

January 26, 2012

On Wednesday, MP Nick Smith gave a sweeping speech to the Nelson Rotary in his home constituency. He focused mostly on issues in his two ministerial portfolio areas … the environment and local government. What he said about local government reform is an important message all local government officials in Hawke’s Bay — and their [...]

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Regional Council approves regional performance study

January 25, 2012

The Regional Council, meeting in committee, yesterday unanimously approved terms of reference (TOR) for the regional performance study. The complete TOR are here. During the open discussion, two key points were firmly established. First, despite indirect language in the TOR, Councillors understand the TOR to mean that the study must look at current governance arrangements [...]

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Drilling into fracking

January 23, 2012

In their first quasi-public appearance in Hawke’s Bay, TAG Oil and Apache Corporation will make a presentation on Wednesday the 25th at 1pm to the HB Regional Council. I say “quasi-public” because this is not truly a public forum. TAG and Apache have yet to front up in a public forum in Hawke’s Bay where [...]

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Hawke’s Bay study terms should advance

January 19, 2012

Next Wednesday the Regional Council will consider Terms of Reference for the study our five councils have agreed to conduct regarding the region’s economic, social and governance performance. Given that the Regional Council wrote the resolution upon which these Terms are grounded, approval should be forthcoming. These Terms were already approved by the Hastings Council [...]

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“I can see my toes!”

January 17, 2012

BayBuzz has argued that the measurement test for clean water used by the HB Regional Council has been determined by Councillor Ewan Mc Gregor’s standard — “If I can see my toes, it’s OK.” Councillor McGregor says we have it all wrong. He’s organised a field day for anyone who wants to get the ‘truth’ [...]

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