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Articles by Jess Soutar Barron

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5,000 sick in five days

16 November 2016

DHB chief Kevin Snee says the joke in public health circles is that these things always happen on a Friday afternoon when the boss is away. That was the case here, with Caroline McElnay, Director of Population Health, on sabbatical…

Jess Soutar Barron16 November 2016

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Not in Front of the Children

04 October 2016

All Black Norm Hewitt used a recent NZ-on-Air documentary, Making Good Men, to unpack his violence and the day he unleashed the volcano inside and delivered a substantial pummelling to a classmate. When Hewitt is just a small child in…

Jess Soutar Barron04 October 2016

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Little Silos Won’t Lift the Bay

15 August 2016

Mayor Yule’s ‘Poor but Happy’ slideshow, the one he touted around the region during the campaign, held sad statistics about employment, education, housing, and is still relevant. The consensus among decision makers today is that the socio-economic challenges facing Hawke’s…

Jess Soutar Barron15 August 2016

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Where Does HB’s Food Future Lie?

31 May 2016

Introduction by Tom Belford Our region’s branding history includes ‘fruitbowl’, ‘wine country’ and, with broader meaning, ‘we grow great things’. To some, our food makes Hawke’s Bay a destination … a place to visit to sample world-class restaurants serving our…

Jess Soutar Barron31 May 2016

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HB's Rising Stars: 40 under 40

31 January 2016

Hawke’s Bay problem solvers often lament a ‘brain drain’ when discussing our region’s challenges. They perceive that we’re losing our ‘best and brightest’ to bigger places. Optimistic pragmatists say that’s a good thing. People of a certain age should move…

Jess Soutar Barron31 January 2016

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WINZ: The Last Place You Want To Be

30 November 2015

But Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) is no longer just the domain of the archetypal beneficiary: long-term, multi-generational and hopeless. Look closer and there’s also the woman in the business suit with the plastic folder and the man with…

Jess Soutar Barron30 November 2015

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With Amalgamation Sorted ... What Next?

23 September 2015

With the outcome decided, politicians will continue posturing, council officers will continue planning and drawing up policies, interest groups will continue fighting for funds and a place on the priority list, but hopefully we’ll all be ready to move on…

Jess Soutar Barron23 September 2015

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The Business Of Birth

30 July 2015

Nine months from now the first baby will be born in the new primary birthing unit in the grounds of Hawke’s Bay Hospital. As yet unnamed, the unit is currently just a seed, germinating in a hole in the carpark.…

Jess Soutar Barron30 July 2015

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Toot Your Own Horn

26 May 2015

Late last year singer, songwriter, poet Leonard Cohen turned 80 and announced he would recommence smoking, a habit he’d abandoned in his fifties. Speculation is he decided to ‘set aside a life lived for the future and, instead, embrace the…

Jess Soutar Barron26 May 2015

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