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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

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…

Sophie Price01 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…

Tom Belford01 August 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…

Sophie Price01 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…

Tom Belford01 April 2019

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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…

Tom Belford01 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…

Tom Belford01 June 2018

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Lest We Forget

Politics Voices

They say ‘truth is the first casualty’ in war. The same could be said of war memorials. Concerned citizens have waged a protracted battle with Napier City Council over the…

Andrew Frame01 May 2018

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Catch-up Money

Environment Politics

Money – specifically, ratepayer money – is the hot topic of the day as the region’s five councils each conduct public consultation on their long term plans (LTPs). LTPs are…

Tom Belford01 April 2018

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DISGUSTED

Politics Voices

“DISGUSTED” declared the front page of a recent community newspaper above pictures of Napier Mayor Bill Dalton and NCC CEO Wayne Jack. “Mayor’s Threat to Quit City” the subheading added.…

Andrew Frame24 October 2017

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