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Dreamboat Builders & big fish stories

Lifestyle

Further out on the horizon are powerboats, leisure cruisers and a growing forest of mainsails as visitors and locals weave with the changing winds. The fleet includes many locally built craft, testament to a low-key but world recognised artisan and…

Keith Newman01 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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Seeds

Lifestyle Voices

It’s the time of year when the light changes. Shining bright and white, it bounces off spring blossoms and new growth, extending its reach into the farthest corners of our whare. This springtime light highlights the dust and ash, settled…

Nafanua Kersel01 December 2019

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The Urban Winery

Lifestyle

The Heritage 1 listed building was designed by Louis Hay, built in 1933 and is owned by Big Save’s McKimm family. It now houses craft brewery B Side Beer, the soon-to-be-opened National Distillery, and for the last two years Tony…

Lizzie Russell01 December 2019

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Bridge Pā Aerodrome

Lifestyle

A photo in the archives shows a man in a glider at Bridge Pā, 1903. But for all the posturing, it seems he never lifted off the ground.  As local records have it, the first person to fly in Hawke’s…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 December 2019

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Man Bike Dog

Lifestyle

Weekend hits and we get amongst it. Hiking up the Goat Track, down the stopbank by the Tukituki, taking on the traipse from Red Bridge to Black Bridge with nothing in our guts but two flat whites. Dog in tow.…

Jess Soutar Barron01 October 2019

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The Art of Taking Part

Lifestyle

Welcome to Hastings’ so-called ‘Cultural Precinct’ – a rough rectangle delineated by Parlour Projects and Hastings City Art Gallery, Arts Inc, Humanity Books and pretty much every business with ‘200- something Heretaunga Street’ in its address.  Here you’ll find art…

Rosheen FitzGerald01 October 2019

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Pukeora

Lifestyle

Driving along SH2 between Waipukurau and Takapau there’s a ridge that rises dramatically from the Tukituki River flats. And perched on the escarpment, at 200m altitude, is Pukeora Estate.  Many will tell you with Brontë-esque intimations that this was once…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 October 2019

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Spinning

Lifestyle

You know how you just feel a bit tired sometimes… of humans and the terrible things we’ve done to this planet?  Driving home from visiting the grandies in Gisborne seeing the plastic rubbish lining the ditches… I fear we have…

Emily Dobson01 October 2019

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Restaurant People

Lifestyle

Napier’s Bistronomy recently won Best Restaurant at the 2019 Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards, and it holds two Cuisine Award hats. Owners James Beck and Amber Linter-Cole are working towards sustainability in all aspects of their business, including the complex area…

James Beck01 October 2019

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Building Naturally

Lifestyle

The house on the hill I’m sitting across from physicians Louise Trent and Craig Ellis in their off-grid, strawbale house in rural Hastings, which they share with their three children (and on occasion if the door’s left open, their two…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 October 2019

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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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The Human Project

Lifestyle

When BayBuzz visits, the three dancers are not dancing at all. At this stage, a couple of months before the festival arrives, the collaborators are in the research and discussion phase of making a dance piece.  Creating art, it seems,…

Lizzie Russell01 October 2019

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Waitangi to Puketapu

Lifestyle Travel

We start with coffee at the Box near the Clive BP, then head out along the river mouth, circling the salt-swept back of Hohepa farm and residential services (est. 1956), its award-winning cheesery, before crossing the Ngaruroro River as it…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 June 2019

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Re-Inventing Work & Workers

Lifestyle

The impact of next level automation – artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, machine learning and cognitive computing – is expected to cause major disruption, with many traditional jobs phased out or redesigned for the new digital work era. Industry sectors, education,…

Keith Newman01 April 2019

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Sexy Onions

Lifestyle Voices

It’s 11 pm and The Frank Burkitt Band have sung their last encore to rapturous acclaim. Cars can be heard bump, bump over the culvert, homeward bound. The band, fed and watered, are ready to jam into the night, reluctant…

Mary Kippenberger01 April 2019

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Hi-tech water wisdom needed

Technology Lifestyle

The reality is, we don’t know as much about the Heretaunga and Ruataniwha aquifers as we thought we did.  While the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council claims a good understanding of how the aquifer works it’s not as clear about certain…

Keith Newman01 February 2019

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