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Ambitious Long Term Plan from HBRC

17 March 2018

Last Wednesday, the Regional Council adopted its draft LTP, which will now go to the public for consultation. In its first year, this LTP proposes an increase that will average $1 per week across all Hawke’s Bay ratepayers. By a…

Tom Belford17 March 2018

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Video streaming coming to Hastings Council

04 October 2017

Prior to my own election in 2013, I petitioned the Regional Council and the Hastings Council to initiate video recording of council meetings. The HBRC began to do so, starting initially with only full Council meetings, but then adding standing…

Tom Belford04 October 2017

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Who will power the Consumers' Power Trust?

17 September 2017

Sandwiched between our parliamentary election, culminating on September 23rd and the Hastings mayoral election, results on November 25th, is the far more ‘under the radar’ election of five trustees to the Hawke’s Bay Power Consumers’ Trust (HBPCT). HBPCT, as most…

Tom Belford17 September 2017

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My Vote For MP

10 September 2017

In the tradition of The Economist, New York Times, The Guardian and most other publications that analyse public affairs and thereby form opinions, I am taking the editorial prerogative of sharing my thoughts on the election choice before us in…

BayBuzz10 September 2017

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Dam Dead!

08 July 2017

The new Jul/Aug BayBuzz magazine features this cartoon … Last Thursday, one of the most critical cards collapsed. The Supreme Court disallowed the land swap – conceived by HBRIC and DoC two years ago – that downgraded protected conservation land…

BayBuzz08 July 2017

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Secrecy rules at Regional Council

04 October 2016

Here’s my Talking Point on council secrecy (unabridged version), published Wed in HB Today. Win or lose, I will continue to fight against council secrecy. After all, before I was a councillor, I managed — with the help of dozens of…

Tom Belford04 October 2016

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Voting papers out

18 September 2016

Voting papers have started to arrive, and I hope you will take this opportunity to have your say, whoever your preferred candidates might be. Of course, I’d welcome your vote! I won my regional council seat by only 61 votes,…

Tom Belford18 September 2016

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Thanks to my endorsers

11 September 2016

Not everyone is prepared to ‘nail their colours to the mast’ when it comes to their preferred candidates in local body campaigns. Some don’t wish, by endorsing one person, to offend other candidates with whom they have relationships. Some don’t…

Tom Belford11 September 2016

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Kill less fish

16 August 2016

At the national level, the Labour Party complains: “The relationship between the Ministry and the commercial fishing industry is too cosy. First, MPI refuses to prosecute inshore trawlers despite evidence of large scale illegal fish dumping, and now it has…

Tom Belford16 August 2016