Articles by Mark Sweet

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Is there a Doctor in the House?

14 November 2017

Old school Not so long ago the General Practice (GP) family doctor was part of the whãnau. He, sometimes she, would attend to the health needs of mum, dad and the kids, and often grandparents and grandchildren. He would deliver…

Mark Sweet14 November 2017

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Floating Napier Port

29 May 2017

CURRENTLY THROUGH IT’S, investment company, HBRIC, the Regional Council owns 100% of the port, valued at around $300 million. Last year the dividend to Council was $7.9 million, which subsidises the rates of the benefi cial owners, the people of…

Mark Sweet29 May 2017

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29 March 2017

IN the latter years of the 1960s, Time magazine ran an article on yoga which featured a teacher in Sydney named Michael Volin. At the time my father was experiencing severe lower back pain. His doctor in Napier recommended surgery.…

Mark Sweet29 March 2017

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Wealth Inequality… The Asset Gap

04 October 2016

There have always been those at the top of the wealth pyramid and those at the bottom. Early Hawke’s Bay settlers like Henry Tiffen and J.N. Williams amassed fortunes from fruit growing and processing. Meat baron William Nelson was so…

Mark Sweet04 October 2016

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Fear of Falling

15 August 2016

Rotten eggs The Tukituki river flows as a trickle under the Patangata Bridge and the countryside is parched dry. There’s been no significant rain for many months. Yet scattered across the scorched landscape are a few flat patches of green.…

Mark Sweet15 August 2016

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Vakameasina [Treasures of Learning]

31 May 2016

The classroom is a pre-fab. Nearby, an ex-school hall has been converted to a lounge with comfy sofas and chairs, big flat screen TV, and a pool table. Across the driveway is a dining room and kitchen, and in a…

Mark Sweet31 May 2016

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Islam in Hawke’s Bay

19 January 2015

Salaam alay-kum Peace be with you All over the world, at the core of every Muslim community, is the mosque. An elegant hip roofed building in Hastings, originally built for the Church of Christian Science, serves that purpose for the…

Mark Sweet19 January 2015

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Little Punjab

05 December 2014

Jarnail Singh We meet in his dairy on Joll Road in Havelock North. Jarnail Singh took over last year, after being made redundant when Park Estate Winery went into receivership. He had worked there as a viticulturist for 22 years.…

Mark Sweet05 December 2014