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New Covid underclass emerging

Issues

The Salvation Army has warned of a new Covid underclass, predicting widespread and previously unseen challenges far beyond the capability of the present social welfare system for New Zealand families emerging from lockdown. Five areas are identified in its third…

Keith Newman13 May 2020

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Apples face productivity challenge

Issues

Yummy Fruit Company director Paul Paynter expects four years of tough times, including falling commodity prices, before the Hawke’s Bay economy fully recovers from the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown. The challenges ahead are largely around labour productivity. “We are now…

Keith Newman07 May 2020

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How HB weathers the recession ahead

Issues

Around 7,000 jobs are likely to be lost as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, with total earnings across the wider Hawke’s Bay region plummeting by around $380 million for the year, predicts analytics firm Infometrics. Infometrics, engaged by Business…

Keith Newman06 May 2020

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Upskilling essential for Maori economy

Other Issues

Maori need assistance to upskill and engage in the post-Covid economy so they’re not left even further behind than they were in the wake of Rogernomics and the global financial crisis (GFC), says Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc (NKII) chairman Ngahiwi…

Keith Newman28 April 2020

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Coastal protection hitting roadblocks

Issues

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) are asking the Government to urgently sort out the confusing mix of legislation and responsibilities hobbling the HB Coastal Hazards Strategy, aimed at mitigating the coastal impacts…

Keith Newman27 April 2020

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Ratima reflects on lockdown lessons

Issues

In a post-Covid environment there’s an opportunity to do business differently, placing people before profit, and becoming more environmentally friendly so the lessons of the lockdown aren’t lost, says local kaumatua Des Ratima. “Everyone’s consumed with the here and now…

Keith Newman27 April 2020

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HB Transport Shake-up - Part 2

Issues

Part 2 (of two): Reimagining rail, bus and e-working [Start with Part 1?] In the lead up to coronavirus level 4 status major electronics chains had a run on computer screens, keyboards and wifi extenders as many employees discovered working…

Keith Newman16 April 2020

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HB Transport Shake-up - Part 1

Issues

Part 1 (of two): The carbon neutral challenge Brainstorming a proposed plan to handle projected growth in regional road use to avoid congestion, ensure the freight gets delivered and lowering our carbon emissions seems ironic if not a little redundant…

Keith Newman14 April 2020

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Gov't & tech firms help close digital divide

Issues

Update to: Facing NZ’s Digital Divide A Government funding package and a deal between the Ministry of Education and network provider Chorus will bring some relief to disadvantaged students and help close New Zealand’s growing digital divide. The Government has…

Keith Newman13 April 2020

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Facing NZ's digital divide

Issues

Spare a thought for those ‘bubble bound’ with no email, social media, online shopping streaming videos or conferencing capabilities. Second thought, maybe they’re the ones with the kids who are reading books, laughing and playing in the yard and cycling round…

Keith Newman09 April 2020

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A Raw Deal for Raw Milk?

Land/Farming Health Issues

Seven agents quickly alighted, three of the burliest secured the immediate perimeter while four inspectors, on presenting a search warrant authourised by the Upper Hutt District Court, began rifling through the home office and bedrooms.  In their pursuit of ‘evidence…

Keith Newman01 April 2020

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Dreamboat Builders & big fish stories

Lifestyle

Further out on the horizon are powerboats, leisure cruisers and a growing forest of mainsails as visitors and locals weave with the changing winds. The fleet includes many locally built craft, testament to a low-key but world recognised artisan and…

Keith Newman01 February 2020

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Less Cash … the Future of Money

Technology

Over fifteen years ago I quipped in my Auckland Metro technology column that we were entering a less-cash world with smarter cards and more online transactions, but a cashless society was as likely as a paperless toilet. Shifts happen and…

Keith Newman01 February 2020

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Smart Cities Listen to People

Technology

Ideally, a ‘smart city’ will have real-time feedback on its infrastructure, environment, assets and resources through networks of sensors and monitoring devices as part of the Internet of Things (IoT).  Unleashing this holistic hi-tech vision will require councils and businesses…

Keith Newman01 December 2019

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Batteries Face Serious Charges

Energy

While breakthroughs in affordable storage are accelerating the shift to electric vehicles, bikes, solar storage, and increasing our reliance on battery-powered gadgets and gizmos, the toxic footprint of their manufacture and disposal raises serious concerns.  The World Economic Forum’s (WEF)…

Keith Newman01 December 2019

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Fixing Mobile Black Spots

Technology

The marketing assurance from Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees that their networks cover over 98% of the places where New Zealanders live and work sounds a little hollow when you head out into the vastness of our great rural backyard.  That…

Keith Newman01 October 2019

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Following the Sun: Solar Take-Up Creeping

Energy

Alongside wind power, solar has been touted as the ideal endgame for renewable energy, but the hype continues to outpace reality, with the market relying on low-deposit or no-deposit finance plans to lift it from the slump of stalled prices.…

Keith Newman01 August 2019

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Electronic Wasteland

Environment

Electronic waste (e-waste) is becoming one of the fastest growing categories of hazardous waste in the world, propelled by constant changes in technology, low initial cost and planned obsolescence. Like plastics, which are going to the landfill at a greater…

Keith Newman01 August 2019

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Touch Wood Reusing Our Residues

Environment Energy

Commercial logging and processing is our third largest export trade covering around 1.8 million hectares with about $5 billion earned annually from shipping to Australia, Japan, Korea, China and the US. It’s a messy business, leaving massive amounts of offcuts,…

Keith Newman01 June 2019

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Scaling Tech Growth Hurdles

Technology

During national Techweek, 20-26 May 2019, Business HB will attempt to showcase the best the region has to offer in robotics, automation and leading edge software to bolster local awareness and hopefully draw the attention of outside investors and innovators. …

Keith Newman01 June 2019

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