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Cruising for a Bruising?

Social Travel

Hamish Saxton, the new head of Hawke’s Bay Tourism (who brings with him 30 years’ experience of working with tourism in Wanaka and Dunedin) is impressed with the slick running of what he terms cruise “events” here in Hawke’s Bay,…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 December 2019

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Bridge Pā Aerodrome

Lifestyle

A photo in the archives shows a man in a glider at Bridge Pā, 1903. But for all the posturing, it seems he never lifted off the ground.  As local records have it, the first person to fly in Hawke’s…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 December 2019

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System change

Environment

Global warming poses unprecedented – radical actually – challenges to our prevailing lifestyles. As BayBuzz’s lifestyle and culture editors, here’s our view of the conundrum. The last couple of months have felt noisier. School Climate Strike, Extinction Rebellion (XR), Greta…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 December 2019

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Pukeora

Lifestyle

Driving along SH2 between Waipukurau and Takapau there’s a ridge that rises dramatically from the Tukituki River flats. And perched on the escarpment, at 200m altitude, is Pukeora Estate.  Many will tell you with Brontë-esque intimations that this was once…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 October 2019

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Building Naturally

Lifestyle

The house on the hill I’m sitting across from physicians Louise Trent and Craig Ellis in their off-grid, strawbale house in rural Hastings, which they share with their three children (and on occasion if the door’s left open, their two…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 October 2019

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Trapped in a Rental Rat Race

Housing

I wrote this article while moving from the comfortable three-bedroom home we had rented for four years in town into a 60m2 two-bedroom cottage in the country, with a still-to-complete tiny house in situ.  In terms of stress and disruption,…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 August 2019

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Matariki

Culture

Over June, Bridget and Florence explored Matariki – the constellation of stars that mark an important period in the Māori lunar calendar (and for many cultures around the world). Here they head down to the Matariki winter solstice at Waitangi,…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 August 2019

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Hope in the Dark

Culture

We live in uncertain times. Climate breakdown, apocalyptic news, the global rise of the populist right, economic insecurity, extremism, an erosion of trust in our political institutions and media – all this creates a pervasive air of uncertainty, doubt, even…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 August 2019

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Waitangi to Puketapu

Lifestyle Travel

We start with coffee at the Box near the Clive BP, then head out along the river mouth, circling the salt-swept back of Hohepa farm and residential services (est. 1956), its award-winning cheesery, before crossing the Ngaruroro River as it…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 June 2019

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Saving Our Fishery

Environment

NZ may have led the world with the quota management system (QMS) to control harvest levels – a bold move back in the 1980s when NZ was one of the first countries to implement one, effectively reducing overall fishing effort…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 June 2019

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The Kahikatea are Dying

Environment

Ravaged by fire in pre-European times, destroyed wholesale in the colonial rush to convert ‘wasteland’ into productive farms, and turned into butter boxes to ship refrigerated dairy to the Motherland, less than 2% of these primordial forests survived the last…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 April 2019

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Adapting Hawke’s Bay to Climate Change

Energy

With global warming, Hawke’s Bay faces a warmer, drier, stormier future, which, on the surface of things, looks to be a mild prognosis. “Droughts are nothing new,” I’m told. “We’re a maritime country, we’re used to variable weather.” “I wouldn’t…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 February 2019

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HB Health System in Crisis

Health

For those on the coalface of health, it’s no news that the way we deliver healthcare has to change. The unsustainability of our current approach is manifestly evident.  When I speak with nurses from the hospital’s emergency department, they describe…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 December 2018

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Not Your Grandpa’s Farming

Land/Farming

Meanwhile, the $7 billion meat sector weighs its strategic responses to potential annihilation; the word ‘disruption’ is in the air. For while the recent face-off between the Impossible Burger and ‘delicious NZ red meat’ is one audacious signal from the…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 October 2018

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RE-CLOAKING THE LAND

Environment Politics

In the context of the Government’s proposed 1 Billion Trees programme, and with Ngāti Kahungunu simultaneously developing plans to ‘recloak the land’ through their Kahutia Accord project, we’re set to see some big landscape changes. But what does the Council…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 August 2018

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Saving the Karamū

Environment

But the Karamū is arguably our most significant awa, supporting much of Heretaunga’s productive lowland and urban environment – a catchment that encompasses an intricate network of small tributaries, spring-fed streams and creeks, channels and drains that feed into the…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 June 2018

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