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Political Update

10 September 2019

I consider this ‘political’ because the Regional Council’s decision to proceed with a partial selldown of shares was not without public controversy, and therefore political risk to councillor supporters of the move like myself. Regional councillors looked at the options…

Tom Belford10 September 2019

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HB Future Farming Trust established

12 August 2019

Last week saw the official establishment of the Hawke’s Bay Future Farming Trust. Here is the mission given to the Trust by its farmer-led establishment group … Problem “Society today is challenging the environmental cost and impact of producing food.…

Tom Belford12 August 2019

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Food Trends and Gut Health

01 August 2019

Each year, respected global consultancy New Nutrition Business publishes a report assessing the key food trends for the year. Here is their most recent list, on which I asked local nutrition experts Ben Warren, Diane Stride and Hazel Thomas to…

Tom Belford01 August 2019

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Political Update

01 August 2019

[Disclaimer: I will be standing for re-election to the HBRC.]  Local body elections  Let’s begin with the most overtly political – local body elections. As covered elsewhere in this edition by Sophie Price, candidates have begun to signal their intentions…

Tom Belford01 August 2019

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Changing a System That Confounds and Crushes

01 August 2019

The social service ‘system’ that is supposed to help and protect the most vulnerable and needy in our community is seriously broken. As a stark example, consider the actual case of Ashlee and her son, Luca. Luca, nine years old,…

Tom Belford01 August 2019

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Eating to save yourself … And the planet

01 June 2019

Meat eaters of the world … lay down your knives! You are destroying your health and the health of the planet. That essentially is the message of the EAT- Lancet Commission, which convened 37 leading scientists from 16 countries in…

Tom Belford01 June 2019

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Future Farming in Hawke’s Bay

01 June 2019

An impressive trio of Hawke’s Bay finalists was presented recently at the annual Ballance Farm Environment Awards. These are farmers who outproduce their industry and local benchmarks, while lowering their environmental footprints.  For example, for the top winners, Nick and…

Tom Belford01 June 2019

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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