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Can dole queue pickers get it done?

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A major planning challenge is brewing for Hawke’s Bay growers over whether the post-Covid unemployment queue can compensate for the Government’s cap on importing Pacific workers ahead of next season’s…

Keith Newman25 June 2020

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Drought recovery begins

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HB Fed Farmers president Jim Galloway says in Hawke’s Bay “coping” is the best description for the local sector. “Some aren’t, some are and some won’t be. Even with the…

Keith Newman24 June 2020

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Rural banking jitters return

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Banks will need to partner closely with debt-loaded beef and dairy farmers over the next two seasons to ensure they get back into break-even or profitability after the pain of…

Keith Newman24 June 2020

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Sniffing out infestations

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Researchers at Havelock North-based Plant & Food Research have been smelling apples to see if their odour can help improve surveillance programmes for early detection of insect infestation to enhance…

Keith Newman11 June 2020

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Cross-council cohesion matures

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Hawke’s Bay’s five councils are operating in a more collaborative and collegial way than anyone could possibly have imaged three years ago with the challenges of the Covid-19 state of…

Keith Newman04 June 2020

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New Covid underclass emerging

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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…

Keith Newman13 May 2020

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Apples face productivity challenge

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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.…

Keith Newman07 May 2020

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Ratima reflects on lockdown lessons

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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…

Keith Newman27 April 2020

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HB Transport Shake-up - Part 1

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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…

Keith Newman14 April 2020

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Facing NZ's digital divide

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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…

Keith Newman09 April 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). …

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…

Keith Newman01 December 2019

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