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NZ farming priorities

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Consulting firm KPMG has published its annual report on the state of farming in New Zealand, Agribusiness Agenda 2020, based upon taking the pulse of about 90 primary sector leaders around the country. So it’s not a compilation of farm…

Tom Belford02 July 2020

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HBRC must wear the climate mask

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At its Environment Committee meeting today, the Regional Council struggled with its climate posture. Facing a proposal by Councillor Rick Barker to set up a small dedicated Climate team, paid for by HBRC but reporting to a multi-council/iwi governance group…

Tom Belford01 July 2020

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Something fishy going on?

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MP Stuart Nash has a ‘fish story’ on his hands! A leaked phone recording has Fisheries Minister Nash indicating that NZ First — specifically Winston Peters and Shayne Jones — blocked a proposal to put cameras on commercial fishing vessels…

Tom Belford01 July 2020

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Hawke's Bay's greenhouse gases

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Does Hawke’s Bay emit greenhouse gases? Of course, we must. We have plenty of belching cows, cars, diesel trucks and tractors. We harvest and burn heaps of wood. We switch on our heat pumps and appliances. We export and import…

Tom Belford26 June 2020

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End of trail for Roundup?

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Will the controversy over glyphosate (aka weedkiller Roundup to most of us) never end? Bayer, the German chemical giant who purchased Monsanto (conceiver of Roundup), has agreed to a $10 billion-plus settlement to resolve around 95,000 health claims involving cancer,…

Tom Belford25 June 2020

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The environment can't wait

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Oddly, our policymakers seem to believe the environment will wait on them. Waterways won’t deteriorate, species won’t die out, greenhouse gas emissions won’t amplify … we can postpone attending these nuisance matters, or consign them to bureaucratic slow motion, or…

Tom Belford23 June 2020

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Napier: City under the sea

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Way back in May 2011, we published City Under the Sea, a cheeky reflection upon the Napier City Council’s steadfast determination to approve homes to be built below sea level … think of Te Awa just for starters. Some excerpts…

Tom Belford22 June 2020

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Feel the electricity

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Consumer NZ just issued its survey on customer satisfaction with power companies. The top three with positive vibes were Flick Electric (the highest rating with a satisfaction score of 76%), Nova Energy (74%) and Electric Kiwi (71%). By contrast, Contact…

Tom Belford19 June 2020

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Future of farming, including HB

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Sir Peter Gluckman’s think tank (Koi Tu: The Centre for Informed Futures) has just issued its discussion paper on recommended future directions for NZ farming. Fittingly titled: The Future of Food & the Primary Sector: The Journey to Sustainability. Every…

Tom Belford17 June 2020

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Where there's smoke, there's ... poison

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The last week or so has seen flagrant violation of the burning rules leading to numerous videos and photos floating around Hawke’s Bay websites and Facebook pages (including our own, here). Indeed a dedicated image library could be created. According…

Tom Belford16 June 2020

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Rod Drury: Fly electric

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There’s a future-focused confab going on in Auckland this week, Visionweek, with various luminaries posing their visions of the post-Covid reset. Heaps of idealistic vibes coming from the group — a kinder society, a greener NZ, a more inclusiveness etc.…

Tom Belford10 June 2020

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The Future Is Now

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Sir Peter Gluckman, top science advisor in the previous government, has (with colleagues) prepared two ‘must read’ papers for anyone seriously interested in ‘what next?’ for New Zealand. And there are more to come. His papers reinforce the reality that…

Tom Belford01 June 2020

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For Ocean Addicts

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Editor’s Note: The conference is over, but the sessions are video-archived here. PM Jacinda Ardern addressed a plenary session … by video-stream of course! The World Economic Forum in Switzerland is offering an  impressive series of webcasts over the coming…

Tom Belford01 June 2020

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Gov't announces murky 'Action for Healthy Waterways'

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The Government announced its anxiously-awaited freshwater policy decisions this week, under the rubric ‘Action for Healthy Waterways’, with interest groups across the spectrum fairly muted in both their praise and criticism. For example, Fish & Game called the reforms a…

Tom Belford29 May 2020

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Meryl Streep presents TANK Plan

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Mary-Anne Baker, the Meryl Streep of the Regional Council’s planners, has created a terrific video presenting the TANK Plan, now out for public consultation. The TANK Plan is all about water. If you live in the Hastings District or Napier…

Tom Belford27 May 2020

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Covid interrupts CO2 emissions

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As reported in Nature Climate Change, scientists estimate that CO2 emissions declined 17% in April globally (relative to the mean level for 2019) as a result of Covid-required lockdowns. The main reduction (50%) came from a decrease in transportation-related emissions.…

Tom Belford20 May 2020

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HB tourism strategy: Stay Home!

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Our region’s (and nation’s) new tourism strategy is proudly … see us first. But isn’t that a bit of a shell game? In the case of Hawke’s Bay Tourism, strategists are targeting Wellington in an attempt to seduce away the…

Tom Belford20 May 2020

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Visit this farm Minister O'Connor

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Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is shuttling around Hawke’s Bay this week to look firsthand at the region’s worst farming situations. And of course the farming community should appreciate the $500,000 that he brought up from Wellington to drop into the…

Tom Belford20 May 2020

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The Budget - Day 1 of Recovery

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Perhaps we should treat Thursday’s Budget release as the official Day 1 of New Zealand’s coronavirus recovery … a day happily coinciding with the third day of no new cases of the virus. The Budget – $50 billion of new…

Tom Belford15 May 2020

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Too hot to survive

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Any number of commentators have noted that coronavirus is just a ‘warm-up’ — no pun intended — for the dangerous and deadly health, social and economic impacts of global warming. Just take the heat itself. New research reported in Science…

Tom Belford12 May 2020

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