Issues by Mark Sweet

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Normalising cannabis


As published in July/August BayBuzz magazine On the first Saturday of bar freedom after Covid 19 lockdown, Wellington’s Courtney Place is closed to vehicles, making it easier to keep the…

Mark Sweet11 August 2020

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The History Speech


In 1960s provincial New Zealand, conventional middle-class lives are not always as respectable as they appear. Callum Gow’s family and their social circle are influential and prosperous, but below the…

Mark Sweet01 February 2020

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Jewel in the Crown?


“We pretend it’s the jewel in the crown, but when we poke at it, it’s not really that flash.” Richard Munneke, Napier City Council. On the fringe of Napier City…

Mark Sweet29 January 2018

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Moving On


In October 2015, BayBuzz published the authoritative account of the wine industry in Hawke’s Bay from its beginnings in the 1850s, capturing the social history, personalities and winemaking styles of…

Mark Sweet14 November 2017

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Floating Napier Port


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…

Mark Sweet29 May 2017

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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…

Mark Sweet29 March 2017

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Learning Hospitality


in 1979, Vidal estate in St Aubyn Steet, Hastings, became the first winery in New Zealand to create a restaurant and bar on site – a concept that evolved nationwide,…

Mark Sweet04 February 2017

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Little Punjab


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.…

Mark Sweet05 December 2014

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Follow the Leader


All over Hawke’s Bay, wherever we drive, hoardings of candidates in the local body elections pepper the roadsides. Some names and faces we know, others are new, and most have…

Mark Sweet09 September 2013

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Gay Marriage Coming to the Bay


Just because they’re now legal, doesn’t mean Hawke’s Bay churches are ready to perform same-sex marriages. Mark Sweet talks to clergy. “All the world is queer save thee and me,…

Mark Sweet08 July 2013

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A Horse Is A Horse, Of Course


30,000 years ago our human forebears painted pictures of horses on the walls of caves, and the images clearly demonstrate a close relationship. For the cave painters, horses were as…

Mark Sweet10 May 2013

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