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Articles by Jess Soutar Barron

Here’s where you’ll find the top features and analysis published in BayBuzz magazine. As well as the occasional pithy opinion column from our guest authors.

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Chocolate sweetens collaboration

01 December 2018

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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Mother Suzanne Aubert the road to sainthood

01 December 2018

Pakipaki is an unassuming place from the road.  But turn off the highway just south of Hastings and you’ll find a settlement steeped in history, and a collection of buildings standing as testament to a wealth of stories whose wairua…

Jess Soutar Barron01 December 2018

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15 Years of Black Barn OpenAir Cinema

01 December 2018

The Black Barn OpenAir Cinema has witnessed some memorable nights.  In the 2009-10 season, Rocky Horror Picture Show screened. Half an hour in, a southerly hit and, instantly, the temperature dropped 10 degrees. Many of those who’d come dressed up,…

Jess Soutar Barron01 December 2018

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Hastings: Second-hand Capital of New Zealand

01 December 2018

I like old stuff, discarded, still smelling of its earlier, other life. As a kid, my idea of a good time was roaming around scrap yards and mooching through neighbourhoods where the bi-annual inorganic rubbish collection was on. Once, as…

Jess Soutar Barron01 December 2018

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Old Dogs, New Digs

01 December 2018

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!

01 October 2018

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

01 August 2018

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

01 June 2018

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

01 June 2018

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