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The Renaissance of Paharakeke/ Flaxmere

Housing

But 50-odd years on, renaissance is underway. The word ‘potential’ keeps popping up. What’s in view is startling. The community and her leaders are taking the arid westerly corner of Hastings back. Flaxmere is definitely on a roll.  The Hastings…

Pat Turley01 February 2020

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Fighting for Luca

Lifestyle Housing

When BayBuzz last spoke to single mum Ashlee, she was feeling overwhelmed, beaten down by a system that had all but forgotten about her and Luca, her nine-year-old high-needs son.  Luca has Friedreich Ataxia – a rare, genetically inherited disease…

Sophie Price01 October 2019

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Trapped in a Rental Rat Race

Housing

I wrote this article while moving from the comfortable three-bedroom home we had rented for four years in town into a 60m2 two-bedroom cottage in the country, with a still-to-complete tiny house in situ.  In terms of stress and disruption,…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 August 2019

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Property Values in 2028 … An Economic Barometer

Housing

Ten years have passed since the 2007/08 global financial crisis. Our company reporting in mid-2008 said: “It’s a headwind with a high chill factor.” Property market adjustments were not immediate, particularly for leasing. By early 2009, we reported that the…

Pat Turley01 October 2018

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Heed the Oracle of Omaha

Voices Housing

Economics is exciting; exciting because it’s not about money or business, it’s about people. It’s the study of madness of crowds, their frothy exuberance and their hand-wringing despair. Hawke’s Bay is enjoying an economic renaissance, or so it seems. Many…

Paul Paynter05 August 2016

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Key to Success Is Teamwork

Lifestyle Housing

“People ask me how I’m getting on down here, meeting people and so on, and I tell them I think I’ve met just about every tradesman around, they have just been marvellous.” The irony is that Michal McKay, Hawke’s Bay’s…

Lizzie Russell05 June 2016

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Rescuing 1019 Campbell Street

Health Housing

Something magic is happening in Campbell Street, Raureka. The neighbourhood is coming together in a community effort to find a family to fill a statehouse. One that has been empty for nearly 18 months. They are doing this because it…

Anna Lorck07 December 2015

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