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Bee Card & lower bus fares coming

Community

An attempt to counter poor patronage on bus routes in the Napier-Hastings region and reduce the number of cars on the road will begin in August with the trial of flat fees and a new Bee Card ticketing system. Hawke’s…

BayBuzz Team01 June 2020

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Beware, your wheelie bin is watching you!

Community

First of all, let us highly compliment whoever conceived and designed the new informational booklet — Your Guide to Reducing Waste — distributed by the Hastings District Council to local residents. It is exceptionally clear and informative … and even…

BayBuzz Team29 May 2020

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A reason to toast 2020!

Community

One thing’s for sure … 2020 will go down in all our record books as one to remember – perhaps THE one, for many. And while unfortunately 2020 will be associated with plenty of bad news, hopefully there’s good news…

Tom Belford27 May 2020

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Wairoa grows

Community

Covid-19 has presented some massive challenges and one that really stands out for me is whānau who could not get home to be with their families. As we navigate through these unchartered post-pandemic times and maximise our opportunities a silver…

Craig Little27 May 2020

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Church projects 'shovel ready'

Community

Five ‘shovel ready’ projects, valued at $10+ million, proposed by the Hastings-based St Andrews Church Trust have made it through the first stage of evaluation for funding from the Government’s infrastructure investment fund. The two proposed solar energy farms and…

Keith Newman27 May 2020

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Hastings/Napier recycling update

Community

Hastings residents will have to wait until July before the kerbside collection of plastics and tin cans resumes after a nearly two month pause. The Covid lockdown happened just as Hastings Council was in the process of changing contractors from…

BayBuzz Team21 May 2020

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"Lockdown in Paradise"

Community

Kate MacKenzie’s portrait of Jacinda Ardern, titled “Lockdown in Paradise”, captures a moment in time when our relatively untested Prime Minister stepped up to manage the Covid-19 epidemic crisis. The story goes back to over a year before, when Kate…

Kay Bazzard19 May 2020

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How about an annual lockdown?

Community

In our household, lockdown ‘officially ‘ended today with the departure of our 26-year-old daughter Claire, driving back to what she calls her “adult life” in Auckland. Her 53-day stay began March 25, and personally, I would prefer to stay in…

Tom Belford18 May 2020

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Live music in the new normal

Community

At the heart of what I do is community. Not necessarily a geographical community, but a community of people who love to let themselves be completely immersed in the experience of live music. Lots of those people are introverts, they…

Jamie Macphail16 May 2020

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From workshed to workout shed

Community

The ‘feel goods’ that we all enjoy have been hammered by Covid19. Going out for a drink or a meal with family and friends, going away within NZ or abroad, or watching or participating in sport or arts and culture…

Damon Harvey15 May 2020

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Literary Lockdown

Community

If we’re going to look at it positively, and really, what’s the point if we don’t, it was quite nice to have a bit of time to read in the comfort of my own home. Reports from friends, colleagues and…

Louise Ward14 May 2020

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Real estate needs to be realistic

Community

Although the Hawke’s Bay real estate market is showing signs of a quick recovery, any idea of bargain basement deals or returning to pre-Covid glories are little more than sensationalism, says Simon Tremain, managing director of Tremains Real Estate. While…

Keith Newman13 May 2020

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Gen Z: "There will be a major reset"

Community

Ella Hoogerbrug is my eldest granddaughter. She’s 19, a second year law student at Victoria, Wellington and is back at home until Level 2 allows her to return to join her flatmates and companions. In Kelburn they experience a great…

Kay Bazzard12 May 2020

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'Untourists' and other unknowns

Community

Well, where do I start? I’m reading a new article every day about tourism and hospitality, with solid and quite unchanging opinions about what’s going to happen. With every day being a new world in this Covid environment, I don’t…

Katie Nimon11 May 2020

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Update from Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival

Community

This week the team that brings us the annual Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival delivered its report on the 2019 event, and announced that despite the Covid-19 crisis, the dates for the 2020 festival remain October 12 – 26. Excellent news!…

Lizzie Russell08 May 2020

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Transfer stations open

Community

The Hastings and Napier transfer stations opened this week (rubbish and green waste only), just in the nick of time for the Belford rural household. Things were beginning to get smelly around the campsite! I’ve always boasted to my American…

Tom Belford07 May 2020

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Legs crossed for convenience

Other Community

A lot of folk are finding the inconvenience of not being able to find a ‘convenience’ on simple trips to the supermarket or a long walk to keep fit has become a major frustration. The reality is, truckies who are…

Keith Newman07 May 2020

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HB at Home

Community

Finally, things are easing up and we can now get food made by someone else. But if you’re not keen on the queues at the big ones, and you’re pumped up to support ‘local’ the choices can be a little…

Lizzie Russell30 April 2020

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Bringing home more than bacon

Community

Bacon maven and all-round entrepreneur Claire Vogtherr, inspired by the maxim that adversity makes you think hard, quickly and creatively, has reinvented her Holly Bacon business as an on-line hub for complementary meat, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables. “The…

Keith Newman30 April 2020

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Teens: 2020 is Cancelled!

Community

The very idea of enforced confinement is appalling and yet the epidemic of Covid-19 Novel Coronavirus has done just that!  The suddenness of lockdown was very hard to adjust to, but we are all in the same boat, waiting and…

Kay Bazzard29 April 2020

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