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Kirsten Wise … WOW!  Sandra Hazlehurst … comfortable win.  Alex Walker … no contest … carried in on a throne.  These ladies should have no trouble pushing around returning Wairoa…

Tom Belford01 December 2019

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Water’s the Issue… Again

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Outside of the mayoral contests, the local body elections look like a bit of a yawn to many.  My now constantly groaning, rumbling, pulsating and still traumatised digestive tract reminds…

Paul Paynter10 September 2019

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Political Update

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I consider this ‘political’ because the Regional Council’s decision to proceed with a partial selldown of shares was not without public controversy, and therefore political risk to councillor supporters of…

Tom Belford10 September 2019

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Election Action

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We believe the mayoral races and the make-up of the Regional Council are where the action is in this year’s elections. Damon Harvey action man! It is leadership indecisiveness that…

Sophie Price01 August 2019

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Political Update

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[Disclaimer: I will be standing for re-election to the HBRC.]  Local body elections  Let’s begin with the most overtly political – local body elections. As covered elsewhere in this edition…

Tom Belford01 August 2019

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Women Want to Lead

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Alex Walker: “I’ve only just begun!”  Three years ago Alex Walker put her hand up to lead a council that was rotting. A 12-year sewage problem, a building consent department…

Sophie Price01 June 2019

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Political Update

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Heaps of political drama is in store for the coming year in Hawke’s Bay as we face major developments on key issues … and of course local body elections. Also…

Tom Belford01 April 2019

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Leading Change

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Leading Change Even as a die-hard coterie of global warming deniers, greenie-bashing farmers, and oil & gas advocates hang on to the past, events in the real world are outpacing…

Tom Belford01 August 2018

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POLITICAL UPDATE

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LTPs  ‘Tis the season of heavy lifting for councils as they come to terms with ratepayers over long-term spending priorities. Our councils will have closed their submission windows by mid-May…

Tom Belford01 June 2018

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