Articles - April 2011

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Do we have a regional sport strategy?

29 April 2011

Colin Stone, CEO of Sport Hawke’s Bay and I have each tackled that question in the current issue of BayBuzz Digest. Colin’s case is here; mine is here. I’ve been treating Hawke’s Bay’s failure to make the velodrome consideration list…

Tom Belford29 April 2011

Highs & lows of HB tourism promotion

28 April 2011

Just a few weeks ago, the Hawke’s Bay tourism sector enjoyed a rare ‘high’ when refreshed branding for the region was unveiled. High-fives spread through the industry. With the birth of a new Hawke’s Bay Tourism organization; with a respected…

Tom Belford28 April 2011

DHB's health strategy for elderly

26 April 2011

Out for public consultation now is the DHB’s proposed health strategy for Hawke’s Bay’s elderly. Improving Health Services For Older People in Hawke’s Bay is a well-done, provocative report (if you have a certain tolerance of jargon). If you plan…

Tom Belford26 April 2011

Does Hawke's Bay need an investment company?

25 April 2011

As proposed by the HB Regional Council? Maybe … maybe not! If appropriate measures are included to ensure its public accountability, as discussed below, the proposed Investment Company (Invesco) could be a useful approach for meeting several reasonable objectives of…

Tom Belford25 April 2011

15 years to clean up river!

20 April 2011

Last week at the HB Regional Council, there were high-fives, back-slaps and congratulations all around as the stakeholders group formed to address the clean-up of the Taharua and Mohaka Rivers reported its progress to Councillors. The group proudly announced that…

Tom Belford20 April 2011

It's your money, not theirs

19 April 2011

Councils’ budget season is upon us, and the Hastings, Napier and Regional Councils — with the predictability of the tides — are each proposing to increase your rates. Unlike households and businesses, Councils have no difficulty increasing their expenditures when…

Tom Belford19 April 2011

Who would you believe? Take 2.

18 April 2011

During discussion of the recent Hastings Council fluoride presentations, Councillors O’Keefe and Cynthia Bowers asked the ultimate question – Who should we trust on this issue? Standing before them were a highly-trained toxicologist who has done nothing but look at…

Tom Belford18 April 2011

Who's the workshop champion?

17 April 2011

In the last fifteen months, since January 2010, the Hastings, Napier and Regional Councils have held 64 days of ‘workshops’ — public-excluded sessions where our Councillors apparently let their hair down and are ‘educated’ by staff. By far, the workshop…

Tom Belford17 April 2011

Man About Town

16 April 2011

‘Man About Taradale’ By Andrew Frame Even in a city the size of Napier, it is still easy to miss big changes. I completely missed Mitre Ten Mega being built. After moving from Tamatea to somewhere closer to the town…

Tom Belford16 April 2011