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She Came, She Listened, She Conquered!

Politics

To say Kirsten Wise’s election win as Napier mayor was emphatic would be an understatement.  Incumbent two-term councillor Wise beat her nearest rival, former National MP Chris Tremain by 8,000 votes, solely gathering more than 60% of the total mayoral…

Andrew Frame01 December 2019

Election Wrap-up

Politics

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 mayor Craig Little and returning Regional Council chair Rex Graham…

Tom Belford01 December 2019

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Water’s the Issue… Again

Politics

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 me daily of the big issue at hand. It was…

Paul Paynter10 September 2019

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Who wants to be Napier mayor?

Politics

In the last three years, our little jewel on the east coast of ‘100% Pure NZ’ has gone from having crystal-clear, artesian tap water joyfully flowing from our taps, to gunky brown, manganese-laced, chlorine-smelling liquid, discolouring baths and hand basins…

Andrew Frame10 September 2019

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Political Update

Politics

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 the move like myself. Regional councillors looked at the options…

Tom Belford10 September 2019

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Election Action

Politics

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 led Damon Harvey to stand for the mayor of Hastings.…

Sophie Price01 August 2019

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Caveat Suffragator – Voter Beware!

Politics

By the time you are reading this column, nominations for Hawke’s Bay’s local body elections will be opening (nominations open on Friday 19 July) and those who hope to become mayors or councillors will have started sticking their heads up…

Andrew Frame01 August 2019

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Political Update

Politics

[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 by Sophie Price, candidates have begun to signal their intentions…

Tom Belford01 August 2019

Addressing Gun Control

Politics Voices

Discussions during the development of the gun control bill have taken us to the sanctuary of the mosques.  They have allowed us to witness the supreme effort of trauma surgeons in a hospital emergency department. We have caught a glimpse…

Stuart Nash01 June 2019

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Women Want to Lead

Politics

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 that no one wanted to work with, a myriad of…

Sophie Price01 June 2019

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Time to demand answers

Politics Voices

With local body elections only around five months away, it’s time to start asking questions of those who fancy themselves taking a seat at the council table.  Here are four Napier issues I want to hear clear, public positions on…

Andrew Frame01 June 2019

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Political Update

Politics

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 affecting our regional wellbeing will be an array of government…

Tom Belford01 April 2019

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A Decade of Political Debate

Politics BB Anniversary

Where and how better to be amused than by attending meetings of our local councils, which were long accustomed to operating without any meaningful outside scrutiny.  At scores and scores of meetings, I was the only outsider in attendance. The…

Tom Belford01 October 2018

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Kaitiaki of Māori History

Environment Politics

The 75-year-old former school teacher, whose European forebears arrived in the country in the 1860s, has spent a good part of his life as de facto custodian (kaitiaki) of the heritage of the region’s tangata whenua (people of the land).…

Keith Newman01 August 2018

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Leading Change

Politics

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 them and rendering them irrelevant.  In every sector of economic…

Tom Belford01 August 2018

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The Ruataniwha Roars

Politics Voices

Māori mythology tells a story of a boy who fell into a lake and two taniwha fought over his body. The lashing of their tails broke through the eastern bank forming the Tukituki and Waipawa rivers, draining the lake and…

Pat Turley01 August 2018

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RE-CLOAKING THE LAND

Environment Politics

In the context of the Government’s proposed 1 Billion Trees programme, and with Ngāti Kahungunu simultaneously developing plans to ‘recloak the land’ through their Kahutia Accord project, we’re set to see some big landscape changes. But what does the Council…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 August 2018

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POLITICAL UPDATE

Politics

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 (HBRC and CHBDC already closed), with public hearings during May…

Tom Belford01 June 2018

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