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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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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

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A Decade of Political Debate

01 October 2018

Where and how better to be amused than by attending meetings of our local councils, which were long accustomed to operating without any meaningful outside scrutiny.  At scores and scores of meetings, I was the only outsider in attendance. The…

Tom Belford01 October 2018

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10 Years of BayBuzz … Now What?

01 October 2018

What occurs to me upon celebrating ten years of publishing, is that BayBuzz was an accident.  Maybe more accurately, a product of serendipity.  Some history  When our family moved nearly 14 years ago from a Washington DC suburb to a…

Tom Belford01 October 2018

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Hawke’s Bay looks ahead.

01 October 2018

Our prognosticators were: Neil Barber, Maxine Boag, John Bostock, Charles Daugherty, Andrew Frame, Rex Graham, Alasdair MacLeod, Matt Miller, Katie Nimon, Mike Petersen, Kevin Snee, Apiata Tapine, Geraldine Travers, Tim Turvey, Alex Walker, Hamish White and Lawrence Yule.  Here’s what…

Tom Belford01 October 2018

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Leading Change

01 August 2018

Leading Change Even as a die-hard coterie of global warming deniers, greenie-bashing farmers, and oil & gas advocates hang on to the past, events in the real world are outpacing them and rendering them irrelevant.  In every sector of economic…

Tom Belford01 August 2018

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Seniors Go Digital

01 August 2018

On 1 July 2010, Finland,that most super-chic of nations, giving the world such innovations as the wind turbine, ice skates, saunas, bubble chairs and Fiskars scissors (the ones with the bright orange handles) became the first nation to declare individuals’…

Tom Belford01 August 2018