Articles by BayBuzz

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My Vote For MP

10 September 2017

In the tradition of The Economist, New York Times, The Guardian and most other publications that analyse public affairs and thereby form opinions, I am taking the editorial prerogative of sharing my thoughts on the election choice before us in…

BayBuzz10 September 2017

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Dam Dead!

08 July 2017

The new Jul/Aug BayBuzz magazine features this cartoon … Last Thursday, one of the most critical cards collapsed. The Supreme Court disallowed the land swap – conceived by HBRIC and DoC two years ago – that downgraded protected conservation land…

BayBuzz08 July 2017

Dam without reservoir!

31 August 2016

Today the Appeals Court upheld the Forest & Bird appeal challenging DoC’s decision to downgrade, and swap to the Regional Council’s holding company (HBRIC), conservation land necessary for the CHB dam . Without that land, there’s no reservoir for the…

BayBuzz31 August 2016

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$36 million ... for what?!

12 June 2016

Last Thursday, five members of the Regional Council shelved — at least for now — the proposal for ratepayers to purchase $36.9 million of water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (RWSS). The lack of any evidence-based case whatsoever…

BayBuzz12 June 2016

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Education Review

31 March 2016

Failure … we need more of it! By Paul Paynter Modern New Zealand seems proud of the inclusive society we’ve created. But we’re often not as inclusive as we try to make out, particularly with regard to traditional stereotypes. Society…

BayBuzz31 March 2016

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Your views on Te Mata Peak please

01 November 2015

I’m confident that every single person reading this post has enjoyed Te Mata Peak firsthand. And I’ll bet you’ve taken most of your out-of-town visitors to the Peak as well. Now, in return, the Park needs your advice … by November…

BayBuzz01 November 2015

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How much water did you say?

20 October 2015

Some entrepreneurs and politicians in Hawke’s Bay want to export millions of cubic metres of Heretaunga aquifer water. After all, why would you want to go through the hard yards of growing stuff, like grapes or apples? But what is…

BayBuzz20 October 2015

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Post-amalgamation video interviews: Yule & Dalton

18 September 2015

I conducted in-depth ‘post-amalgamation’ video interviews this week with Mayors Yule and Dalton. Victor and vanquished addressed the referendum campaign, mending fences, the messages they take from the 2:1 defeat of the reorganisation proposal, and ‘what happens next?’ Looking ahead, most importantly,…

BayBuzz18 September 2015

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Amalgamation crushed

15 September 2015

The voters have spoken. By a 66% to 34% margin, amalgamation has been rejected — 44,681 votes against, 22,649 for (reflecting 97% of returns). Here is the area breakdown: Napier: 84% against, 16% for Hastings: 48% against, 51% for CHB:…

BayBuzz15 September 2015