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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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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Lighting a Fire

06 April 2016

It’s a schools performance with 300+ teenagers swarming through the foyer. There’s a huddle of them sitting on the steps; a cross-section of the Hawke’s Bay teen community with a multitude of uniforms and a couple in mufti. There’s a…

Jess Soutar Barron06 April 2016

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A Slice of Life in Hawke's Bay

06 February 2016

Yes, it does seem like a “slice of life” but it has taken me nearly 75 years to realise that life has slowed down, even though on the other hand “time is flying by”! My first memories go back to…

Jess Soutar Barron06 February 2016

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Miss Mohi on the case

06 February 2016

It started when Rose found carvings listed online that came from a meeting house built for her great-great-grandfather Karaitiana Takamoana at Pakowhai and somehow wound up in the Otago Museum. She went to Dunedin to see them and found 15…

Jess Soutar Barron06 February 2016

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Caravanalia in Hawke's Bay

06 February 2016

For many of us, summer means holidaying and holidays mean caravanning. Small, cute caravans, souped-up mobile homes, a caravan simply parked up in the garden, and another you can employ to optimise your party – we’ve got them all here…

Jess Soutar Barron06 February 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