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FROM THE EDITOR BB50

01 December 2019

I am very curious to see what kind of reader reaction we get to this edition of BayBuzz.  We’re offering some content that is likely to stir folks up and maybe elevate some blood pressure. But then, that’s what BayBuzz…

Tom Belford01 December 2019

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Omnivores

01 December 2019

A major controversy erupted last month in nutrition circles. The subject was red meat, and the risks (or not) consumption of red meat pose for us humans. On the one side was the longstanding convention holding that red meat is…

Tom Belford01 December 2019

Election Wrap-up

01 December 2019

Kirsten Wise … WOW!  Sandra Hazlehurst … comfortable win.  Alex Walker … no contest … carried in on a throne.  These ladies should have no trouble pushing around returning Wairoa mayor Craig Little and returning Regional Council chair Rex Graham…

Tom Belford01 December 2019

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TANK aims for transformation

03 October 2019

For over six years a group of about 35 stakeholders — including Peter Beaven and me for the Regional Council — investigated the best way to manage the land, waterways and aquifers of the Heretaunga Plains. This so-called TANK group…

Tom Belford03 October 2019

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18 Regional Council Accomplishments

03 October 2019

I first presented this list of accomplishments of our current council at a public campaign forum. Here is a video of that presentation (about 14 min for the hard core viewer). And here is the campaign video ad version (about…

Tom Belford03 October 2019

Radiation Treatment Coming to Hawke’s Bay

01 October 2019

But when? In August the Government announced an overdue healthcare ‘gift’ for Hawke’s Bay. As part of a larger purchase, a new Linear Accelerator (LINAC) machine would be provided for Hawke’s Bay, enabling radiation treatment for cancer here within the…

Tom Belford01 October 2019

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Win/Win Water Harvesting Plan?

29 September 2019

As described in this 4-minute video prepared by Patrick O’Sullivan, with accomanying HB Today article, here is a water harvesting scheme for the Heretaunga Plains proposed by farmer Mike Glazebrook. This proposal is to take water from the Ngaruroro River…

Tom Belford29 September 2019

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HB Divided on Global Warming

24 September 2019

With the student-led School Strike 4 Climate coming up on Friday, I thought it timely to report on the survey on global warming BayBuzz recently conducted amongst our readers and Facebook followers. While not a ‘random’ sample, with almost 450…

Tom Belford24 September 2019

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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