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NZ farming priorities

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Consulting firm KPMG has published its annual report on the state of farming in New Zealand, Agribusiness Agenda 2020, based upon taking the pulse of about 90 primary sector leaders around the country. So it’s not a compilation of farm…

Tom Belford02 July 2020

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More enforcement coming?

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Pleased to see a fine ($12,555) levied for illegal burning in Hawke’s Bay, even though the offence occurred over a year ago. Here — from the Sentencing Report — is the offence, which was noticed by an enforcement officer who just…

BayBuzz02 July 2020

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HBRC must wear the climate mask

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At its Environment Committee meeting today, the Regional Council struggled with its climate posture. Facing a proposal by Councillor Rick Barker to set up a small dedicated Climate team, paid for by HBRC but reporting to a multi-council/iwi governance group…

Tom Belford01 July 2020

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Something fishy going on?

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MP Stuart Nash has a ‘fish story’ on his hands! A leaked phone recording has Fisheries Minister Nash indicating that NZ First — specifically Winston Peters and Shayne Jones — blocked a proposal to put cameras on commercial fishing vessels…

Tom Belford01 July 2020

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Regenerative agriculture takes root

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Two of NZ’s most respected advocates for ‘regenerative’ agriculture – Peter Barrett of Linnburn Station (recently featured on ‘Country Calendar’) and Jono Frew of Natural Performance — will be presenting in Hawke’s Bay on 8 July, sponsored by the HB…

BayBuzz30 June 2020

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NZ's melting glaciers

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By now, you’re probably accustomed to the warnings about melting glaciers as a consequence of global warming. The photo above depicts desperate efforts to save an Italian glacier by covering it with tarps! But in case you tend to brush…

BayBuzz29 June 2020

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Hawke's Bay's greenhouse gases

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Does Hawke’s Bay emit greenhouse gases? Of course, we must. We have plenty of belching cows, cars, diesel trucks and tractors. We harvest and burn heaps of wood. We switch on our heat pumps and appliances. We export and import…

Tom Belford26 June 2020

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Can dole queue pickers get it done?

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A major planning challenge is brewing for Hawke’s Bay growers over whether the post-Covid unemployment queue can compensate for the Government’s cap on importing Pacific workers ahead of next season’s increased harvests. The brakes have been applied to a conditional…

Keith Newman25 June 2020

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End of trail for Roundup?

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Will the controversy over glyphosate (aka weedkiller Roundup to most of us) never end? Bayer, the German chemical giant who purchased Monsanto (conceiver of Roundup), has agreed to a $10 billion-plus settlement to resolve around 95,000 health claims involving cancer,…

Tom Belford25 June 2020

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Drought recovery begins

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HB Fed Farmers president Jim Galloway says in Hawke’s Bay “coping” is the best description for the local sector. “Some aren’t, some are and some won’t be. Even with the welcome rain it’s not the end of the drought, it’s…

Keith Newman24 June 2020

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Rural banking jitters return

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Banks will need to partner closely with debt-loaded beef and dairy farmers over the next two seasons to ensure they get back into break-even or profitability after the pain of the Covid-19 slowdown and drought. While the ag sector appears…

Keith Newman24 June 2020

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The environment can't wait

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Oddly, our policymakers seem to believe the environment will wait on them. Waterways won’t deteriorate, species won’t die out, greenhouse gas emissions won’t amplify … we can postpone attending these nuisance matters, or consign them to bureaucratic slow motion, or…

Tom Belford23 June 2020

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Napier: City under the sea

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Way back in May 2011, we published City Under the Sea, a cheeky reflection upon the Napier City Council’s steadfast determination to approve homes to be built below sea level … think of Te Awa just for starters. Some excerpts…

Tom Belford22 June 2020

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Feel the electricity

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Consumer NZ just issued its survey on customer satisfaction with power companies. The top three with positive vibes were Flick Electric (the highest rating with a satisfaction score of 76%), Nova Energy (74%) and Electric Kiwi (71%). By contrast, Contact…

Tom Belford19 June 2020

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Health system diagnosis poor

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The much-anticipated Health System and Disability Review has finally been released. It paints a pretty dire picture of a fragmented, shambolic, inequitable health system, while offering a suite of recommendations for an overhaul. Key proposed changes include: Halving the number…

Bridget Freeman-Rock17 June 2020

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Future of farming, including HB

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Sir Peter Gluckman’s think tank (Koi Tu: The Centre for Informed Futures) has just issued its discussion paper on recommended future directions for NZ farming. Fittingly titled: The Future of Food & the Primary Sector: The Journey to Sustainability. Every…

Tom Belford17 June 2020

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Where there's smoke, there's ... poison

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The last week or so has seen flagrant violation of the burning rules leading to numerous videos and photos floating around Hawke’s Bay websites and Facebook pages (including our own, here). Indeed a dedicated image library could be created. According…

Tom Belford16 June 2020

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HB Hospital scores middling, needs fixin'

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The Ministry of Health has released its stocktake report on the critical state of our country’s hospital infrastructure. While DHBs have put the replacement value of hospitals at $24 billion, they will need $14 billion in capital investment alone, the…

Bridget Freeman-Rock12 June 2020

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Sniffing out infestations

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Researchers at Havelock North-based Plant & Food Research have been smelling apples to see if their odour can help improve surveillance programmes for early detection of insect infestation to enhance our horticulture biosecurity. In a recent study, researchers collected odours…

Keith Newman11 June 2020

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Burning unacceptable!

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This photograph just sent to BayBuzz at 11am Thursday, 11th June. The location is Middle Road at Gilpin, just outside Havelock North. Some farmer/grower apparently thinks it’s totally acceptable to spew noxious smoke over a wide swath of his neighbours. But…

BayBuzz11 June 2020

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