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Watch Franz Josef Glacier melt

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I’m occasionally asked — like once a year — why BayBuzz doesn’t give ‘equal time’ to skeptics of global warming. The answer is simple: for the same reason we wouldn’t devote paper and ink to those who fervently believe the…

Tom Belford10 August 2020

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Co-designing our water solutions

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New Zealand is entering into a national conversation about how we can deliver better for our communities and our environment in the building and operating of the infrastructure that makes up what we call our “three-waters” – drinking water, storm…

Alex Walker06 August 2020

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Time to pivot to a circular economy

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During lockdown we often heard the post-pandemic period was our chance to do things differently – to be greener and kinder, to reimagine our world. Now that we’re at Level 1, how do we balance these objectives with doing business…

Dominic Salmon05 August 2020

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3R ... Hastings waste warrior

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New Zealand has one of the worst records on waste in the OECD, but Hawke’s Bay’s 3R Group is helping to change that. On Friday last week, the Government declared six categories as ‘priority products’ under the Waste Minimisation Act…

Dale Cowie04 August 2020

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Slash and Regenerate

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Editor’s Note: Hopefully you’ve read Re-boot or Revolution, from our Jul/Aug magazine, in which David Trubridge, Bruce Bisset and Paul Paynter discuss the ruination of Hawke’s Bay (and the planet) via rampant capitalism and dysfunctional democracy. After that, you might…

Phyliss Tichinin03 August 2020

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HB Future Farming Trust reports

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Trustees of the new Hawke’s Bay Future Farming Trust delivered their first annual report to the Regional Council last week. The Trustees are: John vander Linden (chair), Phil Schofield, Scott Lawson, Greg Hart, Liz Krawczyk, Tom Belford and Will Foley.…

Tom Belford31 July 2020

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Whakatu inland port soiled?

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The Napier Port may be feeling somewhat between a rock and a hard place over its proposed development of an inland port at Whakatu. The Government recently announced the provision, in principle, of $20 million towards the construction of an…

Dale Cowie30 July 2020

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Nature won’t wait for humans

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As published in July/August BayBuzz magazine The coronavirus and Covid recovery have so dominated attention that we tend to forget nature moves on, not particularly caring about – in the grand scheme of things – human frailty or waiting for…

Tom Belford23 July 2020

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Getting it right on cancer and Covid

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As published in July/August BayBuzz magazine In November last year, freshly 40, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. I spent the first 12 days of 2020 on the fourth floor of Hawke’s Bay Memorial Hospital recovering from major surgery –…

Bridget Freeman-Rock23 July 2020

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Re-boot or Revolution?

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As published in July/August BayBuzz magazine As articles for the July/August Baybuzz arrived on my desk over the past weeks, I was struck by two themes – the optimism about the future that permeated them and relatively modest nature of…

Tom Belford19 July 2020

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False progress ... FALSE ALARM

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Two bits of writing about climate change caught my attention in the past week. One said we’re  not doing enough to mitigate climate change; the other said we’re doing too much. Where do you stand? The first was by reporter…

Tom Belford17 July 2020

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Tired of Covid? Try earthquakes

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East Coast Lab is a collaboration of about a dozen NZ science, academic and civil defence organisations all studying  the earthquake (and resultant tsunami) risks associated with the colliding tectonic plates off our east coast. The likes of HB Civil…

BayBuzz15 July 2020

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No species expendable

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According to Scientific American, this past March the smooth handfish, Sympterichthys unipennis, officially became the first modern-day marine fish to be declared extinct. A bottom-dweller, once common in Australia, the smooth sandfish hasn’t been seen in 100 years. Who cares?…

BayBuzz14 July 2020

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Applying the Dead Horse Theory

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First, the theory: Now, to which of the following do you think the theory best applies? Using Napier ratepayers’ money to expand the Napier National Aquarium Reviving the Ruataniwha Dam scheme Converting prime HB farmland to housing & industrial plants…

BayBuzz10 July 2020

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Climate tipping point closer

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The World Meteorological Organisation has predicted a 20% chance that global temperature rise will exceed 1.5 C over the pre-industrial average for the first time within the next five years. The period is expected to see annual average temperatures that…

BayBuzz10 July 2020

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"I'm doing it for the money!"

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These days, ‘regenerative agriculture’ is the hot bet. NZ Geographic devotes 30 pages to it as the cover story in its current July/August edition. Sir Peter Gluckman and his think tank team bless it in their report titled: The Future of…

Tom Belford09 July 2020

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Hawke's Bay gets $50 million, IF ...

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The Government has announced $761 million in funding support for so-called ‘Three Waters’ infrastructure improvements around the country. This money would help pay for upgrades to drinking water, stormwater and wastewater systems, which of course this region badly requires ……

Tom Belford08 July 2020

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Napier wins the Pineapple Lumps

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Through June, the Primary Growth Fund has announced $117,119,192 in funding to Hawke’s Bay councils and other entities to support the region’s economic development. That’s a heap of money, so it’s hard to say anyone is really a loser in…

Tom Belford08 July 2020

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HB State of Environment

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Each month, Kathleen Kozyniak, HBRC ace climate and air scientist, prepares a Hawke’s Bay State of the Environment report that presents some of the key variables impacting our region’s eco-health — rainfall, temperatures, river flows, groundwater & soil moisture, air…

BayBuzz07 July 2020

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Don't sit on your symptoms

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Here’s a fun fact: Hawke’s Bay’s most common garden-variety of cancer is bowel cancer, and it’s almost perfectly gender-balanced in its proportional weighting of female and male (exactly 75 of each diagnosed in HB in the year 2015 – MoH…

Bridget Freeman-Rock04 July 2020

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