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Me 2.0

Culture

As the last strains of an incomprehensible Auld Lang Syne drift into the night we reach for our Zentangle journals and jot down these words: In 2020, I will be a better version of Me.  It feels so good to…

Jess Soutar Barron01 February 2020

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Easy Rider

Culture

‘E’ is for ‘Easy as’ Don’t go shopping with a cynic. It’s a buzzkill.  The first issue is power. The man in the bike shop tries to tell Paul Paynter the “rules” cap the e-bike’s speed at 25kph. Paul scoffs:…

Jess Soutar Barron01 February 2020

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Bibliogrinch

Lifestyle Culture

Silly-season shenanigans have crept up and we are scrambling to fill stockings for littlies and oldies and Uncle Roy, who’s so hard to shop for because he’s so dull.  We reach for what’s easy, like books. Easy to make decisions,…

Jess Soutar Barron01 December 2019

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Man Bike Dog

Lifestyle

Weekend hits and we get amongst it. Hiking up the Goat Track, down the stopbank by the Tukituki, taking on the traipse from Red Bridge to Black Bridge with nothing in our guts but two flat whites. Dog in tow.…

Jess Soutar Barron01 October 2019

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Plucking at Your Sweet Spot

Voices Culture

It’s the closest we get to shrieking shamans, to burning effigies and scarifying virgins. We ululate into the atmosphere, pound the floor in a lunatic’s quick-step, hug strangers, chant the chorus and whirl dervish-like into the night. Live music does…

Jess Soutar Barron01 August 2019

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Bonus Game

Lifestyle

Pinball wizards gathered in Havelock North before Christmas for the inaugural International Flipper Pinball Association event in Hawke’s Bay, ahead of rolling out a league in the Bay this year. Organisers Lynda and Adam Corner have been playing pinball for 30…

Jess Soutar Barron01 February 2019

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Frozen Assets

Food

From fresh fruit used in street-stall fro-yo, to the development of New Zealand’s oldest ice creamery, to the handmade artisans who make up an essential part of the Bay brand, in ice cream there’s a narrative that illustrates perfectly Hawke’s…

Jess Soutar Barron01 February 2019

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Behind the Scenes

Arts

While we are outside enjoying the sunshine, a whole chunk of the community is locked up in dark rooms in deep concentration. It’s over the summer months that Hawke’s Bay’s annual big musical theatre productions will be in development.  Festival…

Jess Soutar Barron01 February 2019

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Chocolate sweetens collaboration

Lifestyle

Joe Dobson has a lot on his mind, and most of it’s covered in chocolate. He’s a constant whirl of chocolate-infused creativity that bubbles out in collaborations with a whole range of interesting fellow artisans. Most recently he’s worked with…

Jess Soutar Barron01 December 2018

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Old Dogs, New Digs

Lifestyle

The volunteers at Menzshed are master fixers. Their projects include one-off, small tasks for individuals, often paid for in cake and koha, through to council jobs like access ramps.  The popularity of the Menzshed means the Hastings branch is now…

Jess Soutar Barron01 December 2018

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Arts and Culture … Ever Aspiring!

Arts

In many ways, Hawke’s Bay has a booming arts and culture scene. There’s something on every night. Places to go. Things to see. Works created. Plans hatched. Creative types find our vistas, our climate, our urban/rural blend a fitting place…

Jess Soutar Barron01 October 2018

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MOODY BLUES

Health

I ask Facebook. It seems people on Facebook are okay sharing the inner workings of their brains, their good days, their bad days.  I post: “I’m looking for people who have experience with antidepressants and/or counselling, specifically, people who function…

Jess Soutar Barron01 August 2018

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The Cabana Hits 60

Voices

The Cabana in Napier is New Zealand’s oldest live music venue and celebrates its 60th this year. Established in a time when NZ had only one TV channel and a couple of radio stations, the Cabana was an essential meeting…

Jess Soutar Barron01 June 2018

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INSIDE HASTINGS

Voices

The East End of Hastings offers one of everything. I tend to spend a good chunk of every week there. It’s my work/play/eat/drink centre…also there’s a fairly attractive barman in the 200 block who keeps me gravitating back there.  It’s…

Jess Soutar Barron01 June 2018

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SQUEEZING THE APPLE

Land/Farming Food

In the humble apple Hawke’s Bay has the raw ingredient for increased exports, new careers and more jobs, artisan and innovative products, and potentially the cure for cancer. Currently we witness the apple growing, then it disappears overseas, job done.…

Jess Soutar Barron04 February 2017

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