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Cruising for a Bruising?

01 December 2019

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

01 December 2019

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

01 December 2019

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

01 October 2019

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

01 October 2019

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

01 August 2019

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

01 August 2019

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

01 August 2019

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

01 June 2019

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