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NZ ... meet Vermont

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If New Zealand were a state in the US, perhaps the best fit would be Vermont. Aspiring to do the right thing with respect to climate change, fuelled by a…

Tom Belford28 September 2020

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HB thrives online

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The coronavirus has brought into sharp relief how desirous and dependent we are for communication, connection … and consumption. And when we can’t do these things in person, we go…

Tom Belford25 September 2020

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Napier Port vs Whakatu

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On Wednesday night, officials of Napier Port, accompanied by collaborators from the Hastings and Regional Councils, went on bended knee to apologise to the residents of Whakatu for inflicting the…

Tom Belford17 September 2020

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Barnyard bombshells!

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Leave it to the Greens to shake up a much needed policy debate! Their Farming for the Future campaign manifesto should relegate the ‘green school’ incident into a minor footnote…

Tom Belford15 September 2020

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Politics muddies the waters

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Apart from national and local body candidate elections, the most intense local politicking in Hawke’s Bay occurs around water. The issues are quite complex, despite the fact that all the…

Tom Belford14 September 2020

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$151m we don't want

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As we all know, 5867 cows and 41 of 43 crewmen perished when the livestock ship, Gulf Livestock 1, capsized en route from our Napier Port to China recently. Year…

Tom Belford10 September 2020

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Democracy in the dark

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A conservative think tank, The New Zealand Initiative, just published a report titled, Democracy in the Dark, which despairs of the poor civics knowledge of New Zealanders. Much of its…

Tom Belford09 September 2020

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'Cup of tea' nets $50 million

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In return for collectively promising to engage in a good faith discussion with Government about the future delivery of local drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services (3 Waters), our region’s…

Tom Belford07 September 2020

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CHB water choices put on ice

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The Regional Council today engaged in a robust discussion of how to proceed with water security options for Central Hawke’s Bay. Two aspects of the discussion were most promising: There…

Tom Belford03 September 2020

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HBRC struggles on dam issue

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The HBRC is struggling to find its way on the issue of ‘water security’ in Central Hawke’s Bay (CHB). Any credible examination of this issue must begin by answering the…

Tom Belford28 August 2020

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HBRC's 'Significant Activities'

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A ‘must  read’ document prepared for each meeting of the Regional Council is the pedestrian-sounding ‘Significant Organisational Activities through (Month) (Year)’. It gets published online as part of the monthly…

Tom Belford21 August 2020

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National Climate Risk Assessment

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The Government recently released its first National Climate Risk Assessment, which will be updated every six years. Within two years, a ‘national adaptation plan’ must now be produced, and implementation…

Tom Belford20 August 2020

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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…

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…

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…

Tom Belford23 July 2020

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