Issues by Mark Sweet

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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 surface intrigue thrives. In this atmosphere, Callum is coming to…

Mark Sweet01 February 2020

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Craggy Track leaves scar

Environment Politics

Editor:  In 2015/16 extensive public consultation was undertaken by the Te Mata Trust regarding the future of the Park. This followed announcement that plans first mooted in 2011 for a major Visitor Centre would be shelved. Although three councils had…

Mark Sweet09 April 2018

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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 sits one of the most significant estuarine environments on the…

Mark Sweet29 January 2018

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Is there a Doctor in the House?


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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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 a century and a half, all richly illustrated in 200…

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 the rates of the benefi cial owners, the people of…

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 severe lower back pain. His doctor in Napier recommended surgery.…

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, reshaping what wineries could offer the public in terms of…

Mark Sweet04 February 2017

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Wealth Inequality… The Asset Gap

Social Magazine

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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Islam in Hawke’s Bay

Social Magazine

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


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

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Who Owns Us?

Magazine Business/Economy

Forty years ago, when Hastings was The Fruit Bowl of New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay’s undisputed king of commerce was Sir James Wattie, and he drove a silver Bentley between his stately home, Mangapapa, and the food processing factory that bore…

Mark Sweet02 October 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 a byline. ‘Proven’, says a mayor standing for his fifth…

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, and even thou art a little queer.” Robert Owen “Christians…

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 wild as they were, with horses having a speed advantage…

Mark Sweet10 May 2013

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So, Who's Got the Drugs?

Social Magazine

‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.’ Meetings of Narcotics Anonymous open and close with this prayer, which recognises that…

Mark Sweet04 March 2013

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