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The History Speech

Culture

In 1960s provincial New Zealand, conventional middle-class lives are not always as respectable as they appear. Callum Gow’s family and their social circle are influential and prosperous, but below the surface intrigue thrives. In this atmosphere, Callum is coming to…

Mark Sweet01 February 2020

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Napier Got Cool!

Culture

I’m talking the inner city … Ahuriri watch out! Lots of little elements – poetry on external walls, so much good coffee, the walkability of the main shopping and dining area, the galleries clustered nice and close, the sea breeze…

Lizzie Russell01 February 2020

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A New Year of Being Old

Culture

A new decade.  Seemingly minutes ago I stood in the still half-light that heralds dawn, watching from Napier’s Marine Parade as the new century slipped into view. Strangers, lining the shore, looking neither left nor right, silhouetted their presence as…

Mary Kippenberger01 February 2020

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Fruitful Summer

Culture

Juiciest nectarines, plump peaches, red-fleshed plums, sun-ripened strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, chin-dripping apricots, poppin-good cherries, delectable melons – Hawke’s Bay does it all, and we do it best. This is home to 31% of the approximately 1,840 ha of summerfruit…

Lizzie Russell01 February 2020

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One Fun Day

Culture

We’ve been well-and-truly warned off unnecessary air travel lately, and who wants to get too far away from our little piece of Paradise in the summer anyway?  Not our designer Max Parkes. A long time Te Awanga local, Max starts…

BayBuzz Team01 February 2020

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Me 2.0

Culture

As the last strains of an incomprehensible Auld Lang Syne drift into the night we reach for our Zentangle journals and jot down these words: In 2020, I will be a better version of Me.  It feels so good to…

Jess Soutar Barron01 February 2020

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Easy Rider

Culture

‘E’ is for ‘Easy as’ Don’t go shopping with a cynic. It’s a buzzkill.  The first issue is power. The man in the bike shop tries to tell Paul Paynter the “rules” cap the e-bike’s speed at 25kph. Paul scoffs:…

Jess Soutar Barron01 February 2020

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Changemakers

Culture

For some it might be small shifts; for others, big audacious goals. But little or large, to BayBuzz the future is looking bright in many pockets of the Bay. As Hawke’s Bay launches into the new year, BayBuzz has identified…

BayBuzz Team01 February 2020

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Future Food

Food Culture

Well here we are, 2020 … that happened fast!  I have never felt the need to make New Year’s resolutions, but as this is a round number it does make me ponder a little on what’s next. And also, to…

Alexandra Tylee01 February 2020

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Bibliogrinch

Lifestyle Culture

Silly-season shenanigans have crept up and we are scrambling to fill stockings for littlies and oldies and Uncle Roy, who’s so hard to shop for because he’s so dull.  We reach for what’s easy, like books. Easy to make decisions,…

Jess Soutar Barron01 December 2019

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Phoenix Rising: Keirunga Creative Hub

Arts Culture

Being involved in the arts is good for us – good for our mental health and emotional wellbeing, good for the economy, for children’s educational development, for community engagement. A win-win for everyone. The research, and our leaders, clearly say…

Kay Bazzard01 December 2019

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Future-proofing Our Libraries

Culture

Whereto for our public libraries in the digital age? Places of innovation, expanding community participation and information-based services, or quiet dignified civic buildings offering shelves full of free books?  Around the world public libraries are re-evaluating their role in the…

Kay Bazzard01 August 2019

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Matariki

Culture

Over June, Bridget and Florence explored Matariki – the constellation of stars that mark an important period in the Māori lunar calendar (and for many cultures around the world). Here they head down to the Matariki winter solstice at Waitangi,…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 August 2019

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Winter Inspiration

Culture

June, 2019. It’s Sunday morning, another Hawke’s Bay blue-skied, windless, winter’s morning.  June and I have rescued the last of the tomatoes and stumbled with joy upon the odd hidden kūmara.  I hear the sounds of Haden, Hamish and James…

Mary Kippenberger01 August 2019

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EIT Excelling in Research

Culture

Good things are happening between the curve of the Tutaekurī River and the shade of Ōtātara Pā.  Academics at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) are justifiably proud. Their teaching programmes have received the highest possible assessments from NZQA’s External…

Rosheen FitzGerald01 August 2019

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Philipp Meier: Steel Tailor

Culture

Lying down the centre of the workshop is Te Kanohi o Te Manu (The Eye of the Bird) in progress. Made from Corten steel Philipp has curved and manipulated into flowing planes, the 10-metre-tall and 14-metre-long pied shag sculpture will…

Lizzie Russell01 August 2019

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Plucking at Your Sweet Spot

Voices Culture

It’s the closest we get to shrieking shamans, to burning effigies and scarifying virgins. We ululate into the atmosphere, pound the floor in a lunatic’s quick-step, hug strangers, chant the chorus and whirl dervish-like into the night. Live music does…

Jess Soutar Barron01 August 2019

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Hope in the Dark

Culture

We live in uncertain times. Climate breakdown, apocalyptic news, the global rise of the populist right, economic insecurity, extremism, an erosion of trust in our political institutions and media – all this creates a pervasive air of uncertainty, doubt, even…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 August 2019

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Hamish Pinkham

Lifestyle Culture

When Taradale-raised Hamish Pinkham and two university mates started work setting up an end-of-year party for 1,800 revellers in late 2003, one possible site was Waimarama, another was a picturesque vineyard in Gisborne. Waiohika Estate won them over in the…

Lizzie Russell20 March 2018

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