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Is our happy face fake?

Covid Recovery

I’m sincerely happy to read that bankers at Westpac tell us all is well in Hawke’s Bay — “No 1 in Economic Optimism in NZ” — blares the front-page headline in Monday’s HB Today (29 June). The article explains that…

Tom Belford29 June 2020

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World waiting for our business

Covid Recovery

A backlog of pre-ordered temperature-controlled cabinets and merchandising furniture is filling the Onekawa warehouses of local exporter Future Products Group (FPG) until the chaos of global logistics eases. FPG was gearing up for a busy year with increasing sales of…

Keith Newman22 June 2020

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Fresh fruit meets software

Covid Recovery

As global demand for fresh fruit accelerates in the post-Covid world, Taradale-based ABC Software is seeing increasing interest in its smart orchard and packhouse management software. “Fresh food is the big noise,” says Sharon Chapman, whose company has been working…

Keith Newman18 June 2020

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Need post-Covid help?

Covid Recovery

We might have weathered the  immediate Covid-19 health threat, but if you or someone you know needs assistance of any kind, please check the following options, compiled by our HB civil defence team: If you’re struggling to cope with the…

BayBuzz Team18 June 2020

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OECD compliments NZ, but ...

Covid Recovery

In its June Economic Outlook report, the OECD compliments New Zealand for its effective health system response to Covid-19, noting however that our ability to handle a severe outbreak would have been challenged by our lack of ventilator beds: “The…

BayBuzz12 June 2020

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Free EIT training supported

Covid Recovery

The Government’s targeted apprenticeship funding will enable Taradale-based EIT to offer free studies and retraining across a range of sectors including the trades, primary industries, and health and wellbeing. The free qualification training will save apprentices and learners between $2,500…

Keith Newman12 June 2020

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Caring impact assessed

Covid Recovery

Local ratepayers will have to cover around $250,000 to cover the cost of food, hygiene and warm clothing distributed to the region’s needy over the Covid-lockdown period. The total cost of services co-ordinated by Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management…

Keith Newman10 June 2020

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Beware of Covid complacency

Covid Recovery

New Zealand has eliminated coronavirus. For now. And as we woke to a semblance of ‘normality’ at Level 1 on a day in which the World Health Organisation had announced its biggest daily global increase in Covid-19 cases, the sense…

Bridget Freeman-Rock10 June 2020

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Keep our place rocking!

Covid Recovery

Over the last few months, we have seen so many people in our community step up to fight the battle against COVID-19, and we have won. We could be the first country in the world to beat this pandemic, which…

Sandra Hazlehurst09 June 2020

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Napier-born contact tracing solution

Covid Recovery

Webfox director and developer James Simmonds is urging thousands of businesses across the country who are using his free Covid Register to make a donation to help with ongoing development costs. The Napier contact tracing and visitor logging solution now…

Keith Newman04 June 2020

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Home or office?

Covid Recovery

As we leave behind our Covid restrictions regarding working, I’m already hearing two distinct camps emerging … Those who miss the buzz and are eager to get out, go to the office and engage face-to-face with their colleagues, clients, customers,…

Tom Belford02 June 2020

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Wanted: Regional recovery manager

Covid Recovery

Hawke’s Bay is to get a new regional recovery director who will work alongside government agencies, iwi, and businesses to coordinate, support and lead a range of recovery projects set in motion by the five councils. The senior executive level…

Keith Newman01 June 2020

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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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