fbpx

BayBuzz

Menu

Issues

Our meatiest coverage of ‘normal’ issues … like climate change, water, councils

image description

Gov't announces murky 'Action for Healthy Waterways'

Issues

The Government announced its anxiously-awaited freshwater policy decisions on today, under the rubric ‘Action for Healthy Waterways’, with interest groups across the spectrum fairly muted in both their praise and criticism. For example, Fish & Game called the reforms a…

Tom Belford29 May 2020

image description

Meryl Streep presents TANK Plan

Issues

Mary-Anne Baker, the Meryl Streep of the Regional Council’s planners, has created a terrific video presenting the TANK Plan, now out for public consultation. The TANK Plan is all about water. If you live in the Hastings District or Napier…

Tom Belford27 May 2020

image description

Sugar ... Friend or Foe?

Issues

I bet you’re thinking that anything in moderation is fine. Well, that depends on how you define moderation. I came across The Sugar Book by Damon Gameau and the following line made me chuckle. “The research tells us that consuming sugar,…

Hazel Thomas21 May 2020

image description

Covid interrupts CO2 emissions

Issues

As reported in Nature Climate Change, scientists estimate that CO2 emissions declined 17% in April globally (relative to the mean level for 2019) as a result of Covid-required lockdowns. The main reduction (50%) came from a decrease in transportation-related emissions.…

Tom Belford20 May 2020

image description

HB tourism strategy: Stay Home!

Issues

Our region’s (and nation’s) new tourism strategy is proudly … see us first. But isn’t that a bit of a shell game? In the case of Hawke’s Bay Tourism, strategists are targeting Wellington in an attempt to seduce away the…

Tom Belford20 May 2020

image description

Visit this farm Minister O'Connor

Issues

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is shuttling around Hawke’s Bay this week to look firsthand at the region’s worst farming situations. And of course the farming community should appreciate the $500,000 that he brought up from Wellington to drop into the…

Tom Belford20 May 2020

image description

The Budget - Day 1 of Recovery

Issues

Perhaps we should treat Thursday’s Budget release as the official Day 1 of New Zealand’s coronavirus recovery … a day happily coinciding with the third day of no new cases of the virus. The Budget – $50 billion of new…

Tom Belford15 May 2020

image description

New Covid underclass emerging

Issues

The Salvation Army has warned of a new Covid underclass, predicting widespread and previously unseen challenges far beyond the capability of the present social welfare system for New Zealand families emerging from lockdown. Five areas are identified in its third…

Keith Newman13 May 2020

image description

Too hot to survive

Issues

Any number of commentators have noted that coronavirus is just a ‘warm-up’ — no pun intended — for the dangerous and deadly health, social and economic impacts of global warming. Just take the heat itself. New research reported in Science…

Tom Belford12 May 2020

image description

Pork chops versus people

Other Issues

If you need a reminder of how lucky you are to live in New Zealand, just read this article in today’s NY Times, titled:  Pork Chops vs People: Battling Coronavirus in an Iowa Meat Plant. This tells you everything you…

Tom Belford11 May 2020

image description

CHB's Nitrate Bomb

Issues

You’ve heard the Neutron Bomb, the one that would radiate the enemy to death without damaging their more valuable buildings and infrastructure. Well, meet the Nitrate Bomb. It’s silently exploded in Central Hawke’s Bay, but only kills critters living in…

Tom Belford08 May 2020

image description

Apples face productivity challenge

Issues

Yummy Fruit Company director Paul Paynter expects four years of tough times, including falling commodity prices, before the Hawke’s Bay economy fully recovers from the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown. The challenges ahead are largely around labour productivity. “We are now…

Keith Newman07 May 2020

image description

How HB weathers the recession ahead

Issues

Around 7,000 jobs are likely to be lost as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, with total earnings across the wider Hawke’s Bay region plummeting by around $380 million for the year, predicts analytics firm Infometrics. Infometrics, engaged by Business…

Keith Newman06 May 2020

image description

Crucial water plan for HB notified

Issues

A plan that will positively transform water management across the Heretaunga Plains, affecting residents of the Hastings and Napier districts, was finally notified today (May 1st) for public submissions. I stress ‘finally’ because this Plan has languished in the HBRC’s Regional…

Tom Belford01 May 2020

image description

How valuable is our post-Covid environment?

Issues

Most of us like to ‘have our cake and eat it too’. This is especially true of politicians, who abhor having to make tough trade-offs, which of course is what we elect them to do. The economy versus environment ‘trade-off’…

Tom Belford30 April 2020

image description

Back to the future for bottle recycling

Issues

In New Zealand, we use about 2.3 billion beverage containers each year and it’s reported only 40% get recycled – staggering, I know. The remainder end up in our landfills and all too often our gutters, rivers, marine and wider…

Dominic Salmon28 April 2020

image description

Upskilling essential for Maori economy

Other Issues

Maori need assistance to upskill and engage in the post-Covid economy so they’re not left even further behind than they were in the wake of Rogernomics and the global financial crisis (GFC), says Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc (NKII) chairman Ngahiwi…

Keith Newman28 April 2020

image description

Coastal protection hitting roadblocks

Issues

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) are asking the Government to urgently sort out the confusing mix of legislation and responsibilities hobbling the HB Coastal Hazards Strategy, aimed at mitigating the coastal impacts…

Keith Newman27 April 2020

image description

Ratima reflects on lockdown lessons

Issues

In a post-Covid environment there’s an opportunity to do business differently, placing people before profit, and becoming more environmentally friendly so the lessons of the lockdown aren’t lost, says local kaumatua Des Ratima. “Everyone’s consumed with the here and now…

Keith Newman27 April 2020

image description

Earth Day at 50

Issues

Today is Earth Day around the planet, and I’m desperate for something ‘green’ to celebrate. From the Earth’s standpoint, the only ‘good’ news is that, ironically, the coronavirus has kneecapped the global economy so severely that humankind’s impact on the…

Tom Belford22 April 2020

Sign up to The Buzz

Our free weekly email update reporting
on HB's important stuff