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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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Elsthorpe

Lifestyle Travel

Middle Road follows an old Māori coastal path south, wending through rolling farmland in the Tukituki Valley, from Lucknow Lodge on the edge of Havelock North to Patangata Tavern and the once-longest concrete bridge in the southern hemisphere. It’s a…

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Energy Lessons from Germany

Energy

On New Year’s day, 6am, Germany reached an historic milestone as the country slept following Silvester celebrations and strong winds blew. For a moment in time, wind power alone produced 85% of Germany’s energy consumption, with hydro and biomass decking…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 April 2018

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From Acorns to Himalayan Oaks

Environment

In Jean Giono’s beautiful ecological parable, The Man Who Planted Trees, a reclusive shepherd single-handedly, acorn by acorn, plants an entire forest in a remote war-ravaged valley in France. The waters return, the birds, the creatures; one man’s simple, daily…

Bridget Freeman-Rock23 December 2017

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Hawke’s Bay’s Housing Crisis

Social

“So, we have the situation where the government has been pig-headed and sold o our state assets, and is now turning around and having to buy back property, competing on the residential market, while former Housing NZ land remains barren.”…

Bridget Freeman-Rock31 July 2017

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Hohepa: Every Life Fully Lived

Social

BUT CONTRARY TO PERCEPTION , Hohepa is actually one of the region’s most important caregivers and largest employers, with over 400 staff across multiple sites, a turnover upwards of $20 million, and strong connections to the fabric of Hawke’s Bay,…

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Water in the tank

Water

“People have got to have options. There must be a plan that allows for complexity; it has to have nuance, sensitivity, not be a blunt universal tool.” BRUCE MACKAY, HEINZ WATTIE’S An intricate web of water issues  surrounds the Hastings/Napier…

Bridget Freeman-Rock29 March 2017

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Hungry in the Bay

Other

Child poverty has received much focus recently in New Zealand, with the Child Poverty Monitor indicating up to a third of the country’s kids now live below the poverty line – defi ned as NZ households earning less than 60%…

Bridget Freeman-Rock09 February 2017

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Veggie Garden Basics

Lifestyle

Here’s a quick-guide launch to get you growing over the summer. Worried you’ve missed the boat? In sunny Hawke’s Bay, where we’re blessed with the country’s best food-growing climate, it’s never too late to begin. The Farmers’ Market, for example,…

Bridget Freeman-Rock04 February 2017

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Goat Dairy: A New Kid for the Bay

Magazine

Two New Zealand companies have recently confirmed their intention to establish processing plants and a supply network here to feed into a large and growing global niche market. In exchange, we offer the perfect climate (dry, sunny), cheap land, infrastructure,…

Bridget Freeman-Rock28 September 2015

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From Zero to Hero

Magazine

With global demand outstripping supply, and the need for more stringent regulation and control, Comvita (our largest premium mānuka honey producer) has partnered with the Ministry for Primary Industries to develop high-performance mānuka plantations as a viable, profitable crop. The…

Bridget Freeman-Rock30 July 2015

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Ahuriri Estuary

Magazine

Ahuriri Estuary is one of our special places. It holds deep cultural and historical importance for local Māori and provides us with much-loved recreational opportunities. Moreover, it’s of national significance as a wildlife and fisheries habitat, providing a rich feeding…

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CHB’s Wastewater Woes

Magazine

A brassy hot February afternoon and I’m visiting the contentious Central Hawke’s Bay ‘poo ponds’ to find out why they are failing to turn the district’s sewerage into a discharge that leaves the Tukuki safe for downstream swimmers and critters.…

Bridget Freeman-Rock04 April 2015

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At Risk of Extinction

Magazine

Over the last 150 years we’ve cleared 77% of our native vegetation, lost 98% of our freshwater wetlands, and approximately half of all our indigenous species are either threatened or at risk of extinction. So concludes a recent stocktake of…

Bridget Freeman-Rock19 January 2015

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Exporting Our Precious Water

Magazine

Anyone who’s tasted water elsewhere understands how good our water is. So good there are plans afoot to bottle it up and export it offshore. Drawn from the cool depths of an ancient underground reserve, this water’s what makes Hawke’s…

Bridget Freeman-Rock19 January 2015

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