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HB Future Farming Trust established

12 August 2019

Last week saw the official establishment of the Hawke’s Bay Future Farming Trust. Here is the mission given to the Trust by its farmer-led establishment group … Problem “Society today is challenging the environmental cost and impact of producing food.…

Tom Belford12 August 2019

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Floating Napier Port

29 May 2017

CURRENTLY THROUGH IT’S, investment company, HBRIC, the Regional Council owns 100% of the port, valued at around $300 million. Last year the dividend to Council was $7.9 million, which subsidises the rates of the benefi cial owners, the people of…

Mark Sweet29 May 2017

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Going for the Green Gold

04 October 2016

We all know an O’Rouke, O’Sullivan or a Fitzpatrick. In fact 600,000 Kiwis have our beginnings in the Emerald Isles. We share potatoes, St Paddy’s Day, beer, work ethics, digging the soil, milking cows, humour and music. We both export…

Sarah Cates04 October 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

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Agritech, the New Queen of Green

16 August 2016

It’s no secret that tech is the new black. Young and nimble start-ups in the technology and digital space are now a dime a dozen worldwide, not to mention the hot favourites amongst investors and governments worldwide. Let’s face it,…

Rosie Bosworth16 August 2016

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Fear of Falling

15 August 2016

Rotten eggs The Tukituki river flows as a trickle under the Patangata Bridge and the countryside is parched dry. There’s been no significant rain for many months. Yet scattered across the scorched landscape are a few flat patches of green.…

Mark Sweet15 August 2016

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Where Does HB’s Food Future Lie?

31 May 2016

Introduction by Tom Belford Our region’s branding history includes ‘fruitbowl’, ‘wine country’ and, with broader meaning, ‘we grow great things’. To some, our food makes Hawke’s Bay a destination … a place to visit to sample world-class restaurants serving our…

Jess Soutar Barron31 May 2016

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Manufacturing ‘Pure’ Water

31 May 2016

Think of ‘pure’ water … the kind in a bottle. What springs to mind? Probably images of vibrant water cascading over rocks, snow-capped mountains, a crystal clear river meandering its way through thick forest teeming with native birds. Like the…

Sarah Cates31 May 2016

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Garden of Eden or White Elephant?

31 May 2016

With requisite farmers, an investor, and lenders apparently at the ready, will the Ruataniwha dam proceed, or will it remain contested for several more months? Standing in the way are hurdles including a lawsuit and an election. On May 26,…

Tom Belford31 May 2016

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Vakameasina [Treasures of Learning]

31 May 2016

The classroom is a pre-fab. Nearby, an ex-school hall has been converted to a lounge with comfy sofas and chairs, big flat screen TV, and a pool table. Across the driveway is a dining room and kitchen, and in a…

Mark Sweet31 May 2016

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Political Buzz

31 March 2016

Our councils are trying to get several big ticket spending projects over the finish line in the next two to three months – velodrome, Opera House strengthening, dam – plus a proposal before CHB ratepayers to spend $1.5 million per…

Tom Belford31 March 2016

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Education Review

31 March 2016

Failure … we need more of it! By Paul Paynter Modern New Zealand seems proud of the inclusive society we’ve created. But we’re often not as inclusive as we try to make out, particularly with regard to traditional stereotypes. Society…

BayBuzz31 March 2016

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HB's Rising Stars: 40 under 40

31 January 2016

Hawke’s Bay problem solvers often lament a ‘brain drain’ when discussing our region’s challenges. They perceive that we’re losing our ‘best and brightest’ to bigger places. Optimistic pragmatists say that’s a good thing. People of a certain age should move…

Jess Soutar Barron31 January 2016

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Square Heart Needs Arrow

31 January 2016

Welcome to the vibrant heart of Hastings; cultural gateway to the East Coast with integrated state of the art library-gallery-digital innovation hub, majestic heritage buildings, world class hotel and business centre connected by performance spaces, eateries and quirky retail outlets.…

Keith Newman31 January 2016

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Political Buzz

31 January 2016

This year will see a shift in the focus of public debate from the fate of the Ruataniwha dam to the management of water on the Heretaunga Plains, and from the perceived threat of amalgamation to the reality (or not)…

Tom Belford31 January 2016

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A Tyresome Business

30 November 2015

Other reasons why our rubber rejects are back on the road include the fact Auckland processing plants can’t keep up; local markets for shredded, chipped, crumbed, cooked and other by-product haven’t been developed; and opposition grows to exporting whole tyres.…

Keith Newman30 November 2015

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Wattie’s: How Close to Closing?

30 November 2015

An automatic termination period (ATP) on anti-dumping tariffs, part of the 2014 Budget, would have had devastating flow-on effects for Hawke’s Bay at a time when local producers are already under pressure to lower their prices to the likes of…

Keith Newman30 November 2015

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Guanxi … DoinG Business in China

08 December 2014

I was traveling on the bullet train between Xi’an and Beijing, relaxing in my very comfortable seat, travelling at 350 kilometres per hour, aimlessly looking out the window, reflecting on my journey, my life, my business and this incredible nation.…

Rex Graham08 December 2014

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Hastings’ Broken Heart Needs Love

05 December 2014

Despite ongoing efforts to restore vitality to what aspires to be the heart of Hawke’s Bay, Hastings’ ageing CBD with encroaching ‘for lease’ signs, discount outlets and dozens of at-risk buildings is at the crossroads of viability. Hastings’ image problem…

Keith Newman05 December 2014

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Bay Needs Better Work Stories

02 October 2014

What it will take to align the goals of local businesses and the agendas of disparate groups tasked with growing the economy and creating new jobs? Job growth remains a distant blip on the radar as Hawke’s Bay continues its…

Keith Newman02 October 2014