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Hawke’s Bay ranks at the bottom of many socio-economic measures. What are we going to do about it?

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Cruising for a Bruising?

Social Travel

Hamish Saxton, the new head of Hawke’s Bay Tourism (who brings with him 30 years’ experience of working with tourism in Wanaka and Dunedin) is impressed with the slick running of what he terms cruise “events” here in Hawke’s Bay,…

Bridget Freeman-Rock01 December 2019

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Social Agendas For Our Councils

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These issues are fundamentally the charge of government departments, but because these agencies are essentially faceless and impenetrable at the local level, public upset gets vented at our local elected officials. Some of them try to escape with, ‘Not our…

Various01 August 2019

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Self-Checkout & Adoring Fans

Social Voices

I’d rather be cold than too hot. I found the summer heat wave debilitating and gave Peter some ‘You sound like your mother’ moments. It’s a very effective sentence. I was at Pak’nSave and the checkouts were snaking. I decided…

Mary Kippenberger01 May 2018

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Jewel in the Crown?

Social

“We pretend it’s the jewel in the crown, but when we poke at it, it’s not really that flash.” Richard Munneke, Napier City Council. On the fringe of Napier City sits one of the most significant estuarine environments on the…

Mark Sweet29 January 2018

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Festive Fare

Social Food

Festive Fare Counting down to Christmas, the big question is what to cook for friends and family. Who better to ask than those in the Bay who produce fabulous casual food? [Their recipes follow article.] Katie Green Maina  The delightful…

Michal McKay12 November 2017

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Hawke’s Bay’s Housing Crisis

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“So, we have the situation where the government has been pig-headed and sold o our state assets, and is now turning around and having to buy back property, competing on the residential market, while former Housing NZ land remains barren.”…

Bridget Freeman-Rock31 July 2017

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GREAT HAUL OF CHINA

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FEBRUARY WAS A BIG MONTH for Ngati Kahungunu; just ahead of hosting 50,000 people at the Matatini kapa haka competitions, it released 1,000 Chinese lanterns into the harbour to welcome some of the superstars of that economy. The Taniwha Dragon…

Keith Newman29 May 2017

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Hohepa: Every Life Fully Lived

Social

BUT CONTRARY TO PERCEPTION , Hohepa is actually one of the region’s most important caregivers and largest employers, with over 400 staff across multiple sites, a turnover upwards of $20 million, and strong connections to the fabric of Hawke’s Bay,…

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Electric Vehicles at tipping point

Social Energy

Despite exponential growth in global sales and the promise of 44 new models being released in New Zealand over the next three years, electric vehicles (EVs) are almost invisible in Hawke’s Bay. While buying new remains prohibitive for many buyers,…

Keith Newman29 May 2017

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Wealth Inequality… The Asset Gap

Social Magazine

There have always been those at the top of the wealth pyramid and those at the bottom. Early Hawke’s Bay settlers like Henry Tiffen and J.N. Williams amassed fortunes from fruit growing and processing. Meat baron William Nelson was so…

Mark Sweet04 October 2016

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Little Silos Won’t Lift the Bay

Accountability Social

Mayor Yule’s ‘Poor but Happy’ slideshow, the one he touted around the region during the campaign, held sad statistics about employment, education, housing, and is still relevant. The consensus among decision makers today is that the socio-economic challenges facing Hawke’s…

Jess Soutar Barron15 August 2016

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Lighting a Fire

Social Lifestyle

It’s a schools performance with 300+ teenagers swarming through the foyer. There’s a huddle of them sitting on the steps; a cross-section of the Hawke’s Bay teen community with a multitude of uniforms and a couple in mufti. There’s a…

Jess Soutar Barron06 April 2016

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Velodrome … Spinning Wheels?

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Napier City Council will decide whether a ‘high risk’ $15 million second tier multi-use velodrome that’s unlikely to pay its way will go ahead or not after a revised business case is tabled in June. Velodrome visionaries have not been…

Keith Newman06 April 2016

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