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Business 'how to': Measuring carbon emissions

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If you’re wondering how to measure and monitor your carbon emissions, here’s your chance to find out for free.  3R Group is hosting two workshops to get you started in your understanding. Dates are 13 and 27 August, both from…

BayBuzz07 August 2020

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New food ideas to grow in Bay

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We should expect more great and new food and beverages to come out of the region in a few years’ time. Hawke’s Bay food innovators will have access to expertise to help them commercialise new food, beverage and agri-tech products…

Dale Cowie05 August 2020

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Climate change requires HB flood protection

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Ironic, isn’t it?! Mostly we think of climate change as meaning hotter, drier … drought even. Yet today the Government announced $19.2 million in ‘climate resilience’ funding coming to Hawke’s Bay for four flood protection programmes: Heretaunga Plains Flood Control…

BayBuzz04 August 2020

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$32m aquatic centre for region

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A new $32 million regional aquatic centre will “add to the amazing world class facilities” that already exist at Mitre 10 Park in Hastings and will see it unrivalled in this country and viewed jealously by our Australian rivals. So…

Dale Cowie27 July 2020

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HB greenhouse gas emissions estimated

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The government has published its official calculations of the nation’s GHG emissions over the 2007-2018 window. And the verdict is … As a nation, we basically treaded water, lowering our nation-wide emissions by a mere 1.2%. Hawke’s Bay, which at…

Tom Belford23 July 2020

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Covid Baby Boom

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In a Facebook post this week, the DHB claims proof of a significant Hawke’s Bay’s lockdown ‘bubbling’ activity: “Our bookings for births in December and January are really high!” They “highly encourage” pregnant women to book in with a midwife…

Bridget Freeman-Rock17 July 2020

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BizHB workshops to upskill

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New product development and sustainable packaging workshops postponed due to the lockdown are now back on offer. Initially pitched at food businesses, the interactive workshops are open to any business looking to upskill. Business Hawke’s Bay organiser Rachel Campbell says…

Dale Cowie15 July 2020

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BayBuzz mag is back!

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Yep, BayBuzz magazine is back! Actually, because of the generous efforts of our BayBuzz team, donating a heap of work over the past few months, we never went away. Within a week of Level 4 lockdown, we launched our much-expanded…

Tom Belford10 July 2020

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Rocket Lab unlucky #13

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After twelve successful launches, Rocket Lab’s latest mission — unlucky #13 — failed this weekend, late in flight, with the Electron rocket and its payload of commercial imaging satellites burning up on re-entry. Further launches will be suspended until founder…

BayBuzz06 July 2020

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Regenerative agriculture takes root

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Two of NZ’s most respected advocates for ‘regenerative’ agriculture – Peter Barrett of Linnburn Station (recently featured on ‘Country Calendar’) and Jono Frew of Natural Performance — will be presenting in Hawke’s Bay on 8 July, sponsored by the HB…

BayBuzz30 June 2020

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Napier fire station on shaky ground

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The Napier Fire Station allegedly has the lowest seismic safety rating of any in the country and the New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union (NZFPU) wants to know why rebuild and remediation work wasn’t actioned long ago. NZPFU representatives and a…

Keith Newman24 June 2020

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Port's 6 Wharf back on track

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Just about everything that leaves Napier Port is something we grow here in Hawke’s Bay. Yes, we do export some light manufacturing — Hamish Whyte’s school furniture (Furnware) and Rob Darroch’s food display cabinetry (FPG) come to mind — but…

Tom Belford18 June 2020

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Stranded RSE workers an investment

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Hawke’s Bay orchardists concerned about having to accommodate, feed and occupy Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers stranded through Covid-19 should see this as part of the investment and risk of signing up for the scheme. Twyford orchardist Jerf van Beek…

Keith Newman18 June 2020

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HBRC on the hot seat

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No, that’s not a reference to the Regional Council’s apparent tolerance of health-threatening waste wood burning across the Heretaunga Plains these days. Instead, it’s an opportunity for you to query chairman Rex Graham and chief executive James Palmer during either…

BayBuzz15 June 2020

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Apple packhouse leads world

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Hawke’s Bay export orchardist Taylor Corp is gearing up to become one of the most advanced operators in the world as it restructures its Napier packhouse and field operations with leading edge robotics, sorting and automation technology. “There’s nothing more…

Keith Newman11 June 2020

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A win for bats!

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June 5 is World Environment Day! And in celebration of this year’s biodiversity theme, here’s some good news for our tiny, endangered pekapeka-tou-roa (long-tailed bat).   A recent study over summer on native long-tailed bat populations in Central Hawke’s Bay…

Bridget Freeman-Rock05 June 2020

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HB Tourism eyes $700k grant

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The Government is making up to $20.2 million available to NZ’s 31 Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) for destination management, marketing and planning. Hawke’s Bay Tourism is our region’s RTO and can apply for up to $700k, the ceiling amount for…

Tom Belford04 June 2020

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Cheers to Black Monk!

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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

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Consent relief for small jobs

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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

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Napier Port navigates choppy seas

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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

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