fbpx

BayBuzz

Menu

The Buzz

Latest news, ‘must know’ tidbits… And someday… events!

image description

Cheers to Black Monk!

The Buzz

Local brewery Zeelandt’s Black Monk (Schwarzbier) has made the list of the Top 30 beers and ciders in the 2020 New World Beer & Cider Awards announced today. Christopher Barber, Head Brewer and owner of Zeelandt Brewery says their small…

BayBuzz Team01 June 2020

image description

Consent relief for small jobs

The Buzz

Hawke’s Bay councils are still waiting for details on how they might handle more relaxed building consent requirements that will enable homeowners, builders and DIY-types to get on with low-risk work without council permission. Changes to the Building Act planned…

BayBuzz Team26 May 2020

image description

Napier Port navigates choppy seas

The Buzz

Our port released its half-yearly results today, which cover the six months through 31 March. Thus, just barely reaching the real beginning of NZ and global Covid shutdown. So while revenue was up 7.5% (reaching $52.3m) over the same period…

Tom Belford26 May 2020

image description

Art Deco Trust feels virus impact

The Buzz

Not surprisingly, the Art Dec Trust, one of HB’s most venerable tourism-driven institutions, has been forced to downsize sharply due to tourism collapse. In a press statement (full statement here), chairman Michael Fowler discussed the impact of overseas visitor loss…

BayBuzz Team22 May 2020

image description

HB property boom will continue

The Buzz

The local market for housing and commercial property is rapidly returning to record form claims James Cooper, general manager at Harcourts Real Estate. Cooper doesn’t believe the market has been negatively impacted much by the Covid lockdown, with few people…

Keith Newman21 May 2020

image description

Contactless technology boom

Other The Buzz

The social distancing parameters of Covid-19 and concerns about human contact and hygiene have created a rapidly escalating trend for contactless technology that will transform how we interact with the fast food and restaurant industry. That’s played right into the…

Keith Newman21 May 2020

image description

Dealing with drought

The Buzz

Farming in the summer dry environment is not new to Hawke’s Bay, but this year is unprecedented in the severity and length of the drought. I know firsthand the stress our farmers and their farming systems are under. And I…

Will Foley14 May 2020

image description

Game back on for Sportsground

The Buzz

Havelock North-based software company Sportsground kept its developers busy during lockdown completing existing projects, plus a Covid-19 touch-free contact tracing app to help sports groups manage their new normal. The ‘iDMe’ web app makes it easy for people to provide…

Keith Newman12 May 2020

image description

Climbing back to work

The Buzz

Here’s a chart showing the degree to which various sectors of the NZ economy are getting back to business as lockdown relaxes. Makes graphically clear the dire straights of the hospitality/tourism industry compared to others. And the terrific boost to…

Tom Belford06 May 2020

image description

Trans-Tasman Bubble

The Buzz

PMs Ardern and Morrison have announced plan for a trans-Tasman Covid ‘safe travel zone’, potentially giving an international option to our Covid bubbles. Each nation is the other’s largest source of international visitors. The most direct benefit of this bubble…

Tom Belford06 May 2020

image description

Hastings Council to adopt 1.9% rate increase

The Buzz

On Thursday the 7th the Hastings District Council will adopt a 1.9% rate increase for 2020/21 (excluding the change in the refuse/recycling service). The meeting will be live-streamed on HDC’s website, but don’t expect any drama … these sorts of…

Tom Belford05 May 2020

image description

Mīharo

The Buzz

Mark your diaries – there’s an arts event this weekend! Stay home, log on, and enjoy a raft of performances online this Sunday from 4pm, courtesy of Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre, Arts Inc Heretaunga, Harcourts Hawke’s Bay…

BayBuzz Team05 May 2020

image description

Not paranoid, just anxious

The Buzz

The Government has announced a new ‘fast track’ process for speeding infrastructure projects through the consenting process. Says Environment Minister Parker: “Job-rich projects like core infrastructure, housing, and environmental restoration are crucial to the government’s plan to stimulate the economy and…

Tom Belford04 May 2020

image description

HB Tourism revival plans previewed

The Buzz

Today HB Tourism leaders — chair George Hinton, general manager Hamish Saxton and marketing/creative advisor Kim Thorp — outlined to the Regional Council their plan to resuscitate our region’s visitor economy, which affects some 6,000 workers. The plan is all…

Tom Belford29 April 2020

image description

Rocket Lab ready to re-launch

The Buzz

Irony surrounded the news that the countdown for Rocket Lab’s latest launch mission from its Mahia Launch Complex 1, branded ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, was shut down by the Covid-19 lockdown. It was all go for the launch of the…

Keith Newman28 April 2020

image description

From the Editor - 25/4/20

The Buzz

I hope you are finding value in our new online service, The Buzz. Number-wise, the response has been fantastic … as a reader of The Buzz you are part of a large and growing community. In barely three weeks we’ve climbed…

Tom Belford25 April 2020

image description

Black Barn 'Ultimate Experience' Winner

The Buzz

Congratulations from the BayBuzz team to trade and export guru Murray Painter, winner of our summer prize offer – the Black Barn Ultimate Experience. All new and renewing subscribers over the summer went into the draw, and our friends and…

Lizzie Russell24 April 2020

image description

BayBuzz -- Who?

The Buzz

We’re almost a month into our refreshed online incarnation, having quick-stepped after discovering the ‘non-essentialness’ of our print magazine for the lockdown period. Like so many other endeavours in the ‘lost month’, we’ve gained a lot too. Regular feature writers…

Lizzie Russell24 April 2020

image description

Rubbish/Recycling Update

The Buzz

An abundance of bottles and a mountain of paper and cardboard will greet Greensky recycling trucks when they resume their rounds across Hastings district this week. Glass and paper collections will begin from on normal collection days although that won’t…

Keith Newman24 April 2020

Sign up to The Buzz

Our free weekly email update reporting
on HB's important stuff