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NZ ... meet Vermont

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If New Zealand were a state in the US, perhaps the best fit would be Vermont. Aspiring to do the right thing with respect to climate change, fuelled by a…

Tom Belford28 September 2020

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HB thrives online

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The coronavirus has brought into sharp relief how desirous and dependent we are for communication, connection … and consumption. And when we can’t do these things in person, we go…

Tom Belford25 September 2020

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Prevent Whākatū casualties

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Hastings and Regional Councillors should do more than “apologise on bended knee” for their appalling negligence in failing to ask for the consent of the residents of Whākatū for the…

David Trubridge24 September 2020

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Napier Port vs Whakatu

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On Wednesday night, officials of Napier Port, accompanied by collaborators from the Hastings and Regional Councils, went on bended knee to apologise to the residents of Whakatu for inflicting the…

Tom Belford17 September 2020

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Barnyard bombshells!

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Leave it to the Greens to shake up a much needed policy debate! Their Farming for the Future campaign manifesto should relegate the ‘green school’ incident into a minor footnote…

Tom Belford15 September 2020

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Politics muddies the waters

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Apart from national and local body candidate elections, the most intense local politicking in Hawke’s Bay occurs around water. The issues are quite complex, despite the fact that all the…

Tom Belford14 September 2020

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$151m we don't want

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As we all know, 5867 cows and 41 of 43 crewmen perished when the livestock ship, Gulf Livestock 1, capsized en route from our Napier Port to China recently. Year…

Tom Belford10 September 2020

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Scared yet?!

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Need a break from whatever robot-like work you’re doing? Read this. The Guardian recently ‘commissioned’ an essay written entirely by Artificial Intelligence (AI) … by GPT-3, a robot. Or as GPT-3…

BayBuzz Team09 September 2020

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Democracy in the dark

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A conservative think tank, The New Zealand Initiative, just published a report titled, Democracy in the Dark, which despairs of the poor civics knowledge of New Zealanders. Much of its…

Tom Belford09 September 2020

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'Cup of tea' nets $50 million

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In return for collectively promising to engage in a good faith discussion with Government about the future delivery of local drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services (3 Waters), our region’s…

Tom Belford07 September 2020

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James Shaw: Mea culpa

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Most BayBuzz readers will have heard about Green Party James Shaw’s major judgment lapse — approving (actually, demanding) funding for an elite “green” school. Here’s his full statement of repentance…

BayBuzz03 September 2020

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CHB water choices put on ice

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The Regional Council today engaged in a robust discussion of how to proceed with water security options for Central Hawke’s Bay. Two aspects of the discussion were most promising: There…

Tom Belford03 September 2020

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Bats score again!

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Long-tailed bats, that is. You might recall our June article, A win for bats, where we reported that a recent study over summer on native long-tailed bat populations in Central Hawke’s…

BayBuzz01 September 2020

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HDC moots camouflaged tanks

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The decision of Hastings District Council to install water storage tanks in Frimley Park hasn’t gone down that well (pardon the pun). Nevertheless, the Council is ready to join the…

BayBuzz28 August 2020

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HBRC struggles on dam issue

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The HBRC is struggling to find its way on the issue of ‘water security’ in Central Hawke’s Bay (CHB). Any credible examination of this issue must begin by answering the…

Tom Belford28 August 2020

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