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Reluctant Camper … Paul Paynter

29 January 2018

Heaps of Kiwis, especially in Hawke’s Bay, are zealous campers. However, to Paul Paynter, ‘roughing it’ means staying in a mere ‘3-Star hotel with a hot tub’. In his youth, camping consisted of an occasional sleep on the beach, and…

Tom Belford29 January 2018

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Slow Simmer Threatens Our Coasts

29 January 2018

In terms of the multitude of foreseeable adverse impacts of global warming, perhaps none is more ominous to this island nation than sea rise and increasingly severe storm events that will endanger and, in some cases, inundate our coastal communities…

Tom Belford29 January 2018

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Our Summer Faves

29 January 2018

Thanks to all our readers and friends who responded to the BayBuzz ‘Summer in Hawke’s Bay’ online survey. Your responses, while not meant to represent a ‘scientific’ sampling of our population, offer some fascinating insight into the activities and places…

Tom Belford29 January 2018

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Is Oil Development in Hawke’s Bay Out of Gas?

24 November 2017

Public concern over potential oil and gas development in Hawke’s Bay has simmered over the last five years, triggered initially by the Government’s awarding of both onshore and offshore exploration permits in our region.  Initial feasibility studies projected that as…

Tom Belford24 November 2017

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Video streaming coming to Hastings Council

04 October 2017

Prior to my own election in 2013, I petitioned the Regional Council and the Hastings Council to initiate video recording of council meetings. The HBRC began to do so, starting initially with only full Council meetings, but then adding standing…

Tom Belford04 October 2017

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Future Farming Centre for Hawke's Bay

01 October 2017

[Editor’s Note: This article was originally written before the last Regional Council election in 2016. Our automated system went ‘rogue’ and re-published it this week. The good news is that good ideas endure. The ‘Future Farming’ concept has been gaining…

Tom Belford01 October 2017

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Our Energy Future

01 October 2017

Globally, an energy revolution is occurring. Will Hawke’s Bay be an early adopter or a slow learner? For most consumers, energy is a ‘take for granted’ aspect of our lives. When the ‘system’ is working, we tend to think about…

Tom Belford01 October 2017

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Two Shades of Grey

01 October 2017

Two Shades of Grey That’s not surprising. Conventional political wisdom is that mainstream parties shouldn’t rock the boat during campaigns. Thus their campaign platforms and pronouncements tend toward the vanilla – cherry vanilla from one and vanilla praline from the…

Tom Belford01 October 2017

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Who will power the Consumers' Power Trust?

17 September 2017

Sandwiched between our parliamentary election, culminating on September 23rd and the Hastings mayoral election, results on November 25th, is the far more ‘under the radar’ election of five trustees to the Hawke’s Bay Power Consumers’ Trust (HBPCT). HBPCT, as most…

Tom Belford17 September 2017

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