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Heed the Oracle of Omaha

05 August 2016

Economics is exciting; exciting because it’s not about money or business, it’s about people. It’s the study of madness of crowds, their frothy exuberance and their hand-wringing despair. Hawke’s Bay is enjoying an economic renaissance, or so it seems. Many…

Paul Paynter05 August 2016

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The Louis Vuitton of Food

06 February 2016

Ubi ius, ibi officium – ‘privilege with responsibility’. One bit of Latin every young farmer should be taught. What a great privilege it is to have such a key influence on human health, the environment and, in many cases, animal…

Paul Paynter06 February 2016

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Tribalism Afflicts Hawke's Bay

20 July 2015

Tribalism. It seems to cause a great deal of trouble in the world. People find these ways of delineating themselves into ‘us and them’ on the basis of gender, race, culture – economics even. Religion gets a bad rap too,…

Paul Paynter20 July 2015

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GUT INSTINCT STILL RULES

08 June 2015

Have you ever suffered a mental illness? Do you have a phobia? What about an anxiety disorder? Or have you ever made a mind-bogglingly stupid decision? Any inkling of a ‘yes’ and I warmly welcome you to the glorious dysfunction…

Paul Paynter08 June 2015

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Brain drain or Brain exchange?

08 April 2015

I approached my allotted booth and mustered a face of feigned enthusiasm. The place was riddled with busloads of what appeared to be typical gen Y’s; endlessly seeking excitement in their smartphones as they shuffled by. They might be worth engaging…

Paul Paynter08 April 2015

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It's time to sell the port

08 February 2015

That was the recent message from Air New Zealand. The poor quality of roads in the provinces and the difficult terrain, means these smaller centres will instantly become quite isolated. The justification for this move was that the small 19-seat…

Paul Paynter08 February 2015

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A TOAST TO CIDER

08 December 2014

For a generation politicians have talked about how New Zealand must move away from our reliance on agriculture. ‘Sunset industry’ was a phrase that raised the hackles of rural folk. They needn’t have worried as such talk proved to be…

Paul Paynter08 December 2014

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The Unholy Alliance

12 October 2014

Have you noticed how politicians have this icky desire to be at the centre of anything popular or successful? They hope people will subconsciously associate them with success and boost their poll ratings and egos. The ickiest example of this…

Paul Paynter12 October 2014

BUSted

09 June 2014

The council has muffed it again! But can you guess what I’m referring to? Is it the art deco buses, the huge losses constantly made by the Aquarium and Splash Planet, the MTG fiasco, inefficiencies at Napier Port, the Ruataniwha…

Paul Paynter09 June 2014