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Ratima reflects on lockdown lessons

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In a post-Covid environment there’s an opportunity to do business differently, placing people before profit, and becoming more environmentally friendly so the lessons of the lockdown aren’t lost, says local kaumatua Des Ratima. “Everyone’s consumed with the here and now…

Keith Newman27 April 2020

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Earth Day at 50

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Today is Earth Day around the planet, and I’m desperate for something ‘green’ to celebrate. From the Earth’s standpoint, the only ‘good’ news is that, ironically, the coronavirus has kneecapped the global economy so severely that humankind’s impact on the…

Tom Belford22 April 2020

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Can coronavirus kill the parochialvirus?

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As Hawke’s Bay begins to consider economic recovery, high on most public officials’ ‘to do’ lists is investment in regional infrastructure. Our regional has had three significant transport-related projects underway pre-Covid — the new wharf for Napier Post,  the Napier-Wairoa…

Tom Belford20 April 2020

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Wanted: Hawke's Bay 'Tipping Points'

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Awhile back, Malcom Gladwell wrote a fantastic book – The Tipping Point. Malcolm’s book just became a whole lot more relevant under the backdrop of Covid19. The book discusses the inertia that exists in almost every idea that is promoted…

Chris Tremain20 April 2020

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Climate: Beach, Please

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Missing your coastal fix? Many of us and our descendants will have to get used to it, if climate change isn’t kept in check, according to a new report from the University of New South Wales. The report published in…

Lizzie Russell20 April 2020

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HB Transport Shake-up - Part 2

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Part 2 (of two): Reimagining rail, bus and e-working [Start with Part 1?] In the lead up to coronavirus level 4 status major electronics chains had a run on computer screens, keyboards and wifi extenders as many employees discovered working…

Keith Newman16 April 2020

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HB Transport Shake-up - Part 1

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Part 1 (of two): The carbon neutral challenge Brainstorming a proposed plan to handle projected growth in regional road use to avoid congestion, ensure the freight gets delivered and lowering our carbon emissions seems ironic if not a little redundant…

Keith Newman14 April 2020

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Gov't & tech firms help close digital divide

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Update to: Facing NZ’s Digital Divide A Government funding package and a deal between the Ministry of Education and network provider Chorus will bring some relief to disadvantaged students and help close New Zealand’s growing digital divide. The Government has…

Keith Newman13 April 2020

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Coming soon: a world with less waste

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Everyone knows we have to reduce the amount of waste produced. But our relationship with waste and recycling often ends as the truck pulls away ‘out of sight, out of mind’ – quickly forgotten. Conscience clear! It wasn’t until images…

Dominic Salmon13 April 2020

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Climate Update: Heat Stress

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A recent study from Rutgers University shows that Heat Stress may affect more than 1.2 billion people annually by 2100, assuming current greenhouse gas emissions. Heat stress is caused by the body’s inability to cool down properly through sweating. Body…

Lizzie Russell09 April 2020

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Facing NZ's digital divide

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Spare a thought for those ‘bubble bound’ with no email, social media, online shopping streaming videos or conferencing capabilities. Second thought, maybe they’re the ones with the kids who are reading books, laughing and playing in the yard and cycling round…

Keith Newman09 April 2020

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Welcome to Napier CEO applicants

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Thank you for expressing interest in the position of Chief Executive Officer for Napier City Council. With its central location, Art Deco architecture, sea-side location, numerous nearby vineyards, craft breweries, quality food producers, and award-winning eateries the city of Napier…

Andrew Frame08 April 2020

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I love nursing, but...

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Let me say something up front – I love being a nurse, the nursing profession, and my nursing career. The best decision I ever made was to return to tertiary education in my 30s to study for a nursing degree.…

Clare Buckley07 April 2020

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Health Care Delivery on Life Support

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Editor’s Note: This article was written in mid-February, when the coronavirus was ‘merely’ a gathering storm. Today it might seem unduly critical at a time when our Hawke’s Bay health care workers are doing a herculean job of preparing for…

Tom Belford05 April 2020

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A Raw Deal for Raw Milk?

Land/Farming Health Issues

Seven agents quickly alighted, three of the burliest secured the immediate perimeter while four inspectors, on presenting a search warrant authourised by the Upper Hutt District Court, began rifling through the home office and bedrooms.  In their pursuit of ‘evidence…

Keith Newman01 April 2020

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It’s Trump’s election to lose

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Most of my professional life in the US was spent in and around national politics, at one point working in the White House, but mostly strategising and raising money for advocacy groups seeking to influence public policy.  So, from that…

Tom Belford01 April 2020

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Securing our food and fibre future

Land/Farming

These are exciting, but also challenging times for New Zealand agriculture, agri-food and fibre.  At a time when demand and pricing for food is at near record highs, the mood among farmers is subdued. New environmental policies fuel uncertainty at…

Mike Petersen01 April 2020

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Dreamboat Builders & big fish stories

Lifestyle

Further out on the horizon are powerboats, leisure cruisers and a growing forest of mainsails as visitors and locals weave with the changing winds. The fleet includes many locally built craft, testament to a low-key but world recognised artisan and…

Keith Newman01 February 2020

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The History Speech

Culture

In 1960s provincial New Zealand, conventional middle-class lives are not always as respectable as they appear. Callum Gow’s family and their social circle are influential and prosperous, but below the surface intrigue thrives. In this atmosphere, Callum is coming to…

Mark Sweet01 February 2020

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