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Omnivores

Health

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

Politics

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

Water

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

Radiation Treatment Coming to Hawke’s Bay

Health

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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Political Update

Politics

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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Food Trends and Gut Health

Health

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

Politics

[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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Future Farming in Hawke’s Bay

Land/Farming

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

Politics

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

Health

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

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On the Right Side of History

Energy

Our celebrity Prime Minister was recently in Davos telling other world leaders that global warming was the issue of our times. “What greater threat to our wellbeing is there than the current threat of climate change,” she commented, adding, “This…

Tom Belford01 April 2019

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Rediscover Hawke's Bay

Lifestyle Travel

For many Hawke’s Bay locals, summer brings that anguished refrain, “Oh no, the rellies will be here for a whole week … again. What can we do with them this time?!”  Well over half of visitors to Hawke’s Bay are…

Tom Belford01 February 2019

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It’s Bedtime!

Health

When I was a kid, I used to cringe at the nightly call from my mom – “It’s bedtime!” [Made worse by the occasional, “And take a bath!” But I digress.] “Why was it bedtime?” I silently rebelled. And perhaps…

Tom Belford01 February 2019

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Health System at the Brink

Health

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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A Decade of Political Debate

Politics BB Anniversary

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?

BB Anniversary

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.

BB Anniversary

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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