The local government elections have been and gone. The weeks-long barrage of photoshopped billboards, endless junk mail and media coverage from candidates is gone for another three years. For all its faults, democracy is something to be cherished...Read more
Well, Tom has asked for an article on ‘Creativity in the Bay’. Let’s be straight up here – I’m no authority on anything and I barely ever leave my shed – so I’m only going to write about who and what I know first-hand …...Read more
Hastings CBD is widely thought of as the ugly sister to Napier’s art deco tourism glory, but it’s not. She has certainly faded from the boom times in the 1960s and 70s, when Hastings was the fastest growing town in New Zealand with a vibrant...Read more
At a time when most Napier citizens want doggedly to maintain the status quo, the 2013 local body elections delivered the biggest makeover our council has seen since four councillors lost their seats in the 2004 election.
But despite the advent of a...Read more
Sometimes it seems that Havelock North is a victim of its own success.
There is a long held view that Havelockians are rich and come from privileged backgrounds. However, NZ Stats does not quite agree with that notion. The largest career demographic...Read more
Writing 600 words on ‘why we need a museum’ seems a rather strange thing to be doing only days before the doors are due to open at the new MTG Hawke’s Bay. This process seems to belong to the other end of things; the beginning, when no one...Read more
Think of museums of old and images of dark, dusty display cases filled with relics of times gone by probably spring to mind. Dim lighting and oppressive wooden paneling were also frequently on-hand to add an unintended sense of heaviness to the...Read more