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Ambitious Long Term Plan from HBRC

17 March 2018

Last Wednesday, the Regional Council adopted its draft LTP, which will now go to the public for consultation. In its first year, this LTP proposes an increase that will average $1 per week across all Hawke’s Bay ratepayers. By a…

Tom Belford17 March 2018

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Fear of Falling

15 August 2016

Rotten eggs The Tukituki river flows as a trickle under the Patangata Bridge and the countryside is parched dry. There’s been no significant rain for many months. Yet scattered across the scorched landscape are a few flat patches of green.…

Mark Sweet15 August 2016

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$36 million ... for what?!

12 June 2016

Last Thursday, five members of the Regional Council shelved — at least for now — the proposal for ratepayers to purchase $36.9 million of water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (RWSS). The lack of any evidence-based case whatsoever…

BayBuzz12 June 2016

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Manufacturing ‘Pure’ Water

31 May 2016

Think of ‘pure’ water … the kind in a bottle. What springs to mind? Probably images of vibrant water cascading over rocks, snow-capped mountains, a crystal clear river meandering its way through thick forest teeming with native birds. Like the…

Sarah Cates31 May 2016

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Garden of Eden or White Elephant?

31 May 2016

With requisite farmers, an investor, and lenders apparently at the ready, will the Ruataniwha dam proceed, or will it remain contested for several more months? Standing in the way are hurdles including a lawsuit and an election. On May 26,…

Tom Belford31 May 2016

Still more water to flow

28 April 2016

Yesterday HBRIC announced that it almost had reached the HBRC-stipulated goal of ‘signed and sealed’ water user contracts committing CHB farmers to buying 45 million cubic metres of dam water per year over the next 35 years. The signed contracts…

Tom Belford28 April 2016

Dam project struggling to hold water

23 April 2016

That’s the title of Friday’s editorial in the NZ Herald commenting on the proposed Ruataniwha dam. Here’s the concluding paragraph … “Irrigation projects, properly designed and funded by those who benefit from them, play a vital role in the New…

Tom Belford23 April 2016

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Political Buzz

31 March 2016

Our councils are trying to get several big ticket spending projects over the finish line in the next two to three months – velodrome, Opera House strengthening, dam – plus a proposal before CHB ratepayers to spend $1.5 million per…

Tom Belford31 March 2016

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Education Review

31 March 2016

Failure … we need more of it! By Paul Paynter Modern New Zealand seems proud of the inclusive society we’ve created. But we’re often not as inclusive as we try to make out, particularly with regard to traditional stereotypes. Society…

BayBuzz31 March 2016