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Articles by Bridget Freeman-Rock

Here’s where you’ll find the top features and analysis published in BayBuzz magazine. As well as the occasional pithy opinion column from our guest authors.

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Exploring Hawke’s Bay: Te Pohue

01 April 2019

Before the old coach road was shifted further west in 1893, travelling from Napier to Te Pōhue required 43 river crossings along the Esk River route. From Napier to Taupō was a three-day journey with overnight stops at Te Pōhue,…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 April 2019

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The Kahikatea are Dying

01 April 2019

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

01 February 2019

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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Exploring Mohaka Rafting

01 February 2019

Snow has dusted Mt Tarapōnui (at 1,308m Hawke’s Bay’s highest peak) as Florence and I strip to our swimsuits in a boatshed in a paddock just north of Te Pohue off the Napier-Taupō highway. It’s 10am on a weekday morning…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 February 2019

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HB Health System in Crisis

01 December 2018

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

01 October 2018

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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Exploring Hawke’s Bay: Wairoa to Morere

01 August 2018

Hawke’s Bay’s northernmost town and service centre is tucked within the crook of the ‘long, bubbling, swirling, uneven waters’ of the Wairoa River on fertile lands beside the sea. One hundred years ago, it was an arduous three-day journey from…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 August 2018

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RE-CLOAKING THE LAND

01 August 2018

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

01 June 2018

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…