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Here’s where you’ll find the top features and analysis published in BayBuzz magazine. As well as the occasional pithy opinion column from our guest authors.

However, not all the treasures of our magazine — culture, lifestyle, opinion, personalities, events and accomplishments to celebrate, humour — are published online. To see the full content of BayBuzz magazine, exactly as published, your paid subscription is required.

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Political Update

01 April 2019

Heaps of political drama is in store for the coming year in Hawke’s Bay as we face major developments on key issues … and of course local body elections. Also affecting our regional wellbeing will be an array of government…

Tom Belford01 April 2019

Mental health system fails stress test

01 April 2019

Last year, a report from the OECD offered a sobering assessment of New Zealand’s mental health situation, looking chiefly through the lens of its impact on work and productivity. It observed that poor mental health costs the NZ economy some…

Tom Belford01 April 2019

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On the Right Side of History

01 April 2019

Our celebrity Prime Minister was recently in Davos telling other world leaders that global warming was the issue of our times. “What greater threat to our wellbeing is there than the current threat of climate change,” she commented, adding, “This…

Tom Belford01 April 2019

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Rediscover Hawke's Bay

01 February 2019

For many Hawke’s Bay locals, summer brings that anguished refrain, “Oh no, the rellies will be here for a whole week … again. What can we do with them this time?!”  Well over half of visitors to Hawke’s Bay are…

Tom Belford01 February 2019

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It’s Bedtime!

01 February 2019

When I was a kid, I used to cringe at the nightly call from my mom – “It’s bedtime!” [Made worse by the occasional, “And take a bath!” But I digress.] “Why was it bedtime?” I silently rebelled. And perhaps…

Tom Belford01 February 2019

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Health System at the Brink

01 December 2018

Robust public consultations this year around the region’s Long Term Plans have resulted in tens of millions of dollars being allocated to improving water infrastructure, to major amenities in our CBDs, and to serious upgrades in environmental protection.  And currently…

Tom Belford01 December 2018

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No More Mushrooms!

25 October 2018

Two years ago, on October 26th, a newly elected Regional Council was sworn in, and proceeded as its first item of business to elect Rex Graham as chairman. Councillors Graham, Belford, Beaven and Barker were no longer mushrooms to be…

Tom Belford25 October 2018

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BayBuzz still kickin'

16 October 2018

We’re still celebrating BayBuzz‘s 10th Anniversary of print publishing. Yes, people still do like to hold a hard copy magazine in their hands and relish turning the pages! Come see our debate with HB Today editor Craig Cooper and others…

Tom Belford16 October 2018

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God help local journalism!

03 October 2018

Today’s Hawke’s Bay Today was an excellent illustration of what threatens the survival of local journalism. The biggest threat: newspapers like HB Today. Where the front page headline today is: Boulder blasted from Bluff. Where the lead editorial today —…

Tom Belford03 October 2018