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Contactless technology boom

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Trans-Tasman Bubble

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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

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Hastings Council to adopt 1.9% rate increase

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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

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Mīharo

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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

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Not paranoid, just anxious

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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BayBuzz -- Who?

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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

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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

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Heretaunga Women's Centre Online

The Buzz

Another invaluable local institution has taken quick steps and made their way out of their bricks-and-mortar and onto the internet.   Thanks to an MSD Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant, the Heretaunga Women’s Centre is starting online classes for the term…

BayBuzz Team23 April 2020

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Rush month on the Internet

The Buzz

Hawke’s Bay Internet provider NOW has seen an increase in data demand across its network due to the changing patterns in how and when customers are using their broadband services. The volume of data consumed during the day increased by…

Keith Newman23 April 2020

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Coronavirus kills Democrats' contest

The Buzz

In the end, the many ‘normal’ reasons Bernie Sanders would have been a disastrous choice for US Democrats didn’t matter. His candidacy was killed by the virus, which sucked all the air out of the Democratic Party’s nominating process, with…

Tom Belford16 April 2020

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New CEO for Hawke's Bay DHB

The Buzz

Hawke’s Bay DHB has appointed a new chief executive, Keriana Brooking, who is currently the Ministry of Health’s Deputy Director General Health System Improvement and Innovation. Ms Brooking has held senior positions at the Ministry of Health since 2014. She has…

BayBuzz16 April 2020

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Electric power imbalance creates issues

The Buzz

Electricity usage has taken a massive swap out from industrial and commercial to domestic since the Covid-19 emergency closed ‘non-essential’ business and confined the bulk of the nation’s workers and families to their homes. Estimates are that overall demand for…

Keith Newman14 April 2020

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