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Positive economic numbers won't last

Covid Recovery

Provisional estimates for the Hawke’s Bay region indicate we started the year with higher GDP growth than the national average, but the harsh reality of the Covid crisis is yet to hit. Infometrics believes we’ll come in around 2.4% growth…

Keith Newman27 May 2020

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Biz survival takes "heart, guts, passion"

Covid Recovery

While coping with the immediate challenge of Covid-19 shutdown required a massive collaboration of support groups, agencies and the Hawke’s Bay business community, the hard part is still ahead — survival. Business Hawke’s Bay chief executive, Carolyn Neville, says every…

Keith Newman26 May 2020

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Uncertainty plagues job market

Covid Recovery

The working lives of many New Zealanders are in the midst of “massive change and upheaval” while employers face great uncertainty as the market adjusts to the aftermath of the Covid-19, warns Donna Lynch, general manager of employment agency AWF.…

Keith Newman25 May 2020

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Rolling up our sleeves

Covid Recovery

There’s all sorts of unity, solidarity and community spirit going on around Hawke’s Bay at the moment. It seems that a crisis can bring out the best in us. Whether it’s The Rapa Feed Run donating and delivering hundreds of…

Alex Walker22 May 2020

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Covid contacting gets crowded

Covid Recovery

The Government’s dumbed-down Covid contact tracing solution, temporarily described as “a digital diary” has entered a crowded market of private apps and computerised and handwritten forms that people are required to engage with when entering business and public premises. CovidTracer,…

Keith Newman21 May 2020

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Fingers crossed for Crown cash

Covid Recovery

While Hawke’s Bay industrial, commercial and residential development is back on track with a vengeance, local authorities are hanging out for a significant central Government cash injection into Covid recovery. Local councils have used the lockdown period to catch up…

Keith Newman19 May 2020

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Drivers needed to move economy

Covid Recovery

Those facing Covid-19 retrenchment may like to consider retraining for a life on the road. Carting the region’s domestic and export cargos offers big opportunity as the heavy transport industry gears up for year-on-year growth. There’s a desperate demand for…

Keith Newman19 May 2020

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Homeless intervention a relief

Covid Recovery

Up to 20 homeless people in Hastings were falling through the cracks a week and a half into Level 4 lockdown when Hastings City Council took up the offer of local minister Warren Acraman to coordinate their food and accommodation.…

Keith Newman13 May 2020

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HDC grants available

Covid Recovery

The Hastings District Council has awarded $53.6k of an allotted $100k from its Rapid Response Fund to groups that have been helping the community cope with Covid-19 repercussions. Here are the grants awarded so far. Approximately $46k remains to be…

BayBuzz Team12 May 2020

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9 May Update

Covid Recovery

Over 1,100 tests in Hawke’s Bay over the last week, but it’s been 10 days since a positive case. And despite the biggest oomph nationally in testing yet, with close to 7800+ tests yesterday, only one new confirmed case in…

BayBuzz Team09 May 2020

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Welfare packages appreciated

Other Covid Recovery

Over 1,000 food parcels and nearly 50 winter clothing and blanket packages have been delivered to people facing hardship in the region through efforts coordinated by Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (HBCDEM). “This is a very stressful time…

BayBuzz Team08 May 2020

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Kiwi way for Covid tracing

Covid Recovery

While many parts of the world have adopted hi-tech smartphone-based technology to help manage and monitor Covid-19 contactees, New Zealand, initially at least, seems bent on a do-it yourself low-tech approach. Keeping track of with whom we come into contact…

Keith Newman07 May 2020

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1 May HB Stats

Covid Recovery

The talk this week has been about recovery and takeaways. While it’s awesome that we support our local businesses (and hbathome.co.nz makes it easy), there’s been way too much righteous fastfood shaming  – maybe check in with yourself first, that…

BayBuzz Team01 May 2020

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Covid-19, 5G scam exposed

Covid Recovery

Wild claims about 5G technology making us more vulnerable to Covid-19 or being part of a global vaccination and tracking scheme continue to circulate despite efforts to curb the fake news pandemic. A number of cellphone towers across New Zealand…

Keith Newman29 April 2020

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Wairoa: Dealing with the aftermath

Covid Recovery

Our country is protecting itself from one of the greatest threats in living memory. While 2020 marked the beginning of a new decade, it is the global battle against the invisible enemy of Covid-19 it will be remembered for. New…

Craig Little29 April 2020

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24 April HB Stats

Covid Recovery

Hawke’s Bay’s nine-day ‘zero new cases’ streak was broken by a single case on Tuesday (the partner of a confirmed case, in iso already, so no contact tracing required), and the signs remain positive as we count down to Level…

Bridget Freeman-Rock24 April 2020

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How to unwind stress

Covid Recovery

We are living in unprecedented times right now. The emergence of Covid-19 has turned our lives upside down. This virus has changed the way we socialise, how we work and how we live. Many of us don’t know what to…

Hazel Thomas24 April 2020

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What do we take forward?

Covid Recovery

Central Hawke’s Bay is a beautiful place. Lush, green, peaceful and productive – an incredibly fertile place where the magic of soil, water, climate and clever people come together to grow healthy and tasty food. As economic unrest comes upon…

Alex Walker21 April 2020

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