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Watch Franz Josef Glacier melt

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I’m occasionally asked — like once a year — why BayBuzz doesn’t give ‘equal time’ to skeptics of global warming. The answer is simple: for the same reason we wouldn’t devote paper and ink to those who fervently believe the…

Tom Belford10 August 2020

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HB Future Farming Trust reports

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Trustees of the new Hawke’s Bay Future Farming Trust delivered their first annual report to the Regional Council last week. The Trustees are: John vander Linden (chair), Phil Schofield, Scott Lawson, Greg Hart, Liz Krawczyk, Tom Belford and Will Foley.…

Tom Belford31 July 2020

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Nature won’t wait for humans

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As published in July/August BayBuzz magazine The coronavirus and Covid recovery have so dominated attention that we tend to forget nature moves on, not particularly caring about – in the grand scheme of things – human frailty or waiting for…

Tom Belford23 July 2020

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Re-boot or Revolution?

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As published in July/August BayBuzz magazine As articles for the July/August Baybuzz arrived on my desk over the past weeks, I was struck by two themes – the optimism about the future that permeated them and relatively modest nature of…

Tom Belford19 July 2020

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False progress ... FALSE ALARM

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Two bits of writing about climate change caught my attention in the past week. One said we’re  not doing enough to mitigate climate change; the other said we’re doing too much. Where do you stand? The first was by reporter…

Tom Belford17 July 2020

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"I'm doing it for the money!"

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These days, ‘regenerative agriculture’ is the hot bet. NZ Geographic devotes 30 pages to it as the cover story in its current July/August edition. Sir Peter Gluckman and his think tank team bless it in their report titled: The Future of…

Tom Belford09 July 2020

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Hawke's Bay gets $50 million, IF ...

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The Government has announced $761 million in funding support for so-called ‘Three Waters’ infrastructure improvements around the country. This money would help pay for upgrades to drinking water, stormwater and wastewater systems, which of course this region badly requires ……

Tom Belford08 July 2020

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Napier wins the Pineapple Lumps

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Through June, the Primary Growth Fund has announced $117,119,192 in funding to Hawke’s Bay councils and other entities to support the region’s economic development. That’s a heap of money, so it’s hard to say anyone is really a loser in…

Tom Belford08 July 2020

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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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