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Fighting for Luca

Lifestyle Housing

When BayBuzz last spoke to single mum Ashlee, she was feeling overwhelmed, beaten down by a system that had all but forgotten about her and Luca, her nine-year-old high-needs son.  Luca has Friedreich Ataxia – a rare, genetically inherited disease…

Sophie Price01 October 2019

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Election Action

Politics

We believe the mayoral races and the make-up of the Regional Council are where the action is in this year’s elections. Damon Harvey action man! It is leadership indecisiveness that led Damon Harvey to stand for the mayor of Hastings.…

Sophie Price01 August 2019

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Women Want to Lead

Politics

Alex Walker: “I’ve only just begun!”  Three years ago Alex Walker put her hand up to lead a council that was rotting. A 12-year sewage problem, a building consent department that no one wanted to work with, a myriad of…

Sophie Price01 June 2019

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Green Vs. Green

Environment

Almost two years ago, a decision was made by the Department of Conservation Director General Lou Sanson to swap out 22 hectares of protected land for 170 hectares of private farmland. To do this, he had to downgrade the ‘specially…

Sophie Price25 September 2017

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The Man with a Plan

Politics

On 19 June James Palmer took over as chief executive of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. As he wades into troubled waters, what might we expect? The last twelve months have been turbulent for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. The…

Sophie Price31 July 2017

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Wanted: Environment Champion

Environment Politics

LABOUR’S ENVIRONMENT SPOKEPERSON  David Parker has been outspoken on water issues, calling for swimmable rivers, fewer dairy cows, less nitrogen in our waterways, requiring consents for intensified farming, and tougher enforcement of rules by both regional councils (whose e effectiveness…

Sophie Price31 July 2017

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Napier Meltdown

Politics

  If someone said only twelve months ago that the art deco palace that is Napier City Council would be crumbling down around its would be king – chief executive Wayne Jack – no one would believe it. FOR YEARS…

Sophie Price29 May 2017

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Half-time at the Havelock Water Inquiry

Water

So grave was the situation, New Zealand’s Attorney General, Chris Finlayson, called for a Government Inquiry. THE INQUIRY, WHICH STARTED LAST OCTOBER , was set up to look at how the Havelock North water supply became contaminated, how this was…

Sophie Price03 April 2017

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Something In The Water.

Water Health

“Good Afternoon. This is just to give you all an update on a developing issue we [are] just becoming aware of,” the DHB’s Maree Rohleder said in a 12.53pm email. The issue was that the HDC had alerted the DHB…

Sophie Price02 December 2016

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Regional Rivals Slug it Out

Politics

That left Alan Dick as the lone flag bearer of Napier councillors past, joined by four new candidates vying for the three available seats – Paul Bailey, Moira Irving, Neil Kirton and Martin Williams. The three Hastings seats for HBRC…

Sophie Price04 October 2016

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So, You Want to Be Mayor?

Politics

In an election where the three- candidate math should give the clear edge to the incumbent who’s previously won a majority of the ballots, will the gastro-disaster dramatically change the equation? What about the impact of ‘normal’ issues?  Whether it’s…

Sophie Price04 October 2016

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