Articles by Jess Soutar Barron

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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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They’re Gone!

04 April 2015

They’re off … to their big-smoke jobs or their big OE or to O-week.  And we’re left at the departure gates mourning their loss. Perhaps instead we should be cheering as our bright young things fly off into the big…

Jess Soutar Barron04 April 2015

Handmade, Upcycled, Re-used

09 June 2014

A sustainable, ‘smart’ home is an empty shell until furnishings and homewares arrive. The thought, attention to detail and strong foundation of principles that go into designing and building the exoskeleton must also inform the ‘filling-up’ of the created space.…

Jess Soutar Barron09 June 2014

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mystery at the museum

01 April 2014

After years of fundraising, packing, building, and living out of boxes in temporary accommodation the MTG has opened to the public. And the gnashing of teeth has begun. The fanfare is slow in coming, the bricks are being thrown and…

Jess Soutar Barron01 April 2014