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Getting it right on cancer and Covid

Issues

As published in July/August BayBuzz magazine In November last year, freshly 40, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. I spent the first 12 days of 2020 on the fourth floor of Hawke’s Bay Memorial Hospital recovering from major surgery –…

Bridget Freeman-Rock23 July 2020

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Don't sit on your symptoms

Issues

Here’s a fun fact: Hawke’s Bay’s most common garden-variety of cancer is bowel cancer, and it’s almost perfectly gender-balanced in its proportional weighting of female and male (exactly 75 of each diagnosed in HB in the year 2015 – MoH…

Bridget Freeman-Rock04 July 2020

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Health system diagnosis poor

Issues

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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HB Hospital scores middling, needs fixin'

Issues

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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Biodiversity is not a 'nice to have'

Issues

It is fitting that the 25th World Environment Day has taken Biodiversity as its theme. Following last year’s distressing United Nations report on biodiversity and ecosystem services, which estimated that a quarter of all global species face extinction, many within…

Bridget Freeman-Rock05 June 2020

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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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