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Politics Voices

“DISGUSTED” declared the front page of a recent community newspaper above pictures of Napier Mayor Bill Dalton and NCC CEO Wayne Jack. “Mayor’s Threat to Quit City” the subheading added. The mayor claimed in a “leaked” email that criticism –…

Andrew Frame24 October 2017

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Where the Buck Stops

Water Voices

THE SWORD OF DAMOCLES is one of the most enduring images from antiquity. Damocles, you may recall, was a courtier in the service of his king, Dionysius II of Syracuse. Syracuse remains a pretty little town in the southeast of…

Paul Paynter24 October 2017

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Getting Off the Podium


SHAMEFULLY, NEW ZEALAND IS ON THE PODIUM– achieving bronze, with the third-highest incidence of unhealthy weight in adults and children within the OECD. The grip of our obesity epidemic is likely to ‘win’ us gold, as it is projected Kiwi…

Sarah Cates24 October 2017

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Apple Futures

Environment Land/Farming

A decade ago the apple industry was on its knees. Growers were not receiving sustainable returns for many varieties and orchards were being uprooted and burned across the Heretaunga Plains. The Taiwan market, critical for the Fuji variety, was closed because…

Peter Beaven11 October 2017

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Bali Bliss

Lifestyle Travel

A hop, skip and nine-hour jump took us to our blissful Bali holiday. This island is a foodie’s paradise with everything you could ever dream of eating or drinking served on or in bamboo, a banana leaf, coconut bowl, cocktail…

Prue Barton02 October 2017

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Life Imitates Art


Being thrown off your land at gunpoint with no compensation could thwart the spirit of even the most stalwart. For Bruce and Louise Stobart – both third generation Zimbabweans – indeed it was heartbreak. As a newly married couple they…

Michal McKay02 October 2017

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Bom dia, Fingermark


Since his arrival in Havelock North, Luke Irving has been a welcome addition to Hawke’s Bay’s business milieu. In 2016 Luke decided that his digital signage and touchscreen company, Fingermark Global, did not need to be based in Auckland and…

Matthew Miller02 October 2017

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Our Energy Future


Globally, an energy revolution is occurring. Will Hawke’s Bay be an early adopter or a slow learner? For most consumers, energy is a ‘take for granted’ aspect of our lives. When the ‘system’ is working, we tend to think about…

Tom Belford01 October 2017

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Two Shades of Grey


Two Shades of Grey That’s not surprising. Conventional political wisdom is that mainstream parties shouldn’t rock the boat during campaigns. Thus their campaign platforms and pronouncements tend toward the vanilla – cherry vanilla from one and vanilla praline from the…

Tom Belford01 October 2017

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Streaming turns to digital torrent


Streaming Turns to Digital Torrent The market has gone from famine to feast in five years with appointment viewing and channel flicking becoming less relevant, pay TV on the backfoot, and subscription streaming over the internet becoming the new normal.…

Keith Newman01 October 2017

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Seeking Answers from Science


Bay resource science at leading edge despite stretched funding. Data about Hawke’s Bay rivers, streams, land, air and ocean is increasingly being monitored, measured, managed, probed, prodded, collated and compared to meet more exacting central government environmental reporting standards ……

Keith Newman25 September 2017

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Green Vs. Green


Almost two years ago, a decision was made by the Department of Conservation Director General Lou Sanson to swap out 22 hectares of protected land for 170 hectares of private farmland. To do this, he had to downgrade the ‘specially…

Sophie Price25 September 2017

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