Tom’s Blog

Here’s where Tom Belford, BayBuzz editor and regional councillor, publishes his running analysis and commentary on the political and lifestyle foibles, and important trends, of Hawke’s Bay. As he sees it. No holds barred.

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Secrecy rules at Regional Council

04 October 2016

Here’s my Talking Point on council secrecy (unabridged version), published Wed in HB Today. Win or lose, I will continue to fight against council secrecy. After all, before I was a councillor, I managed — with the help of dozens of…

Tom Belford04 October 2016

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Voting papers out

18 September 2016

Voting papers have started to arrive, and I hope you will take this opportunity to have your say, whoever your preferred candidates might be. Of course, I’d welcome your vote! I won my regional council seat by only 61 votes,…

Tom Belford18 September 2016

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Thanks to my endorsers

11 September 2016

Not everyone is prepared to ‘nail their colours to the mast’ when it comes to their preferred candidates in local body campaigns. Some don’t wish, by endorsing one person, to offend other candidates with whom they have relationships. Some don’t…

Tom Belford11 September 2016

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Tukituki is farmers' drain - feedlot photos

02 September 2016

I suppose we should be gratified that so many people seem at last to be climbing aboard the Tukituki clean-up cause. The list even includes Hastings Council candidates and HDC refugees like Cynthia Bowers, whose husband, Ewan McGregor, during his terms…

Tom Belford02 September 2016

Dam without reservoir!

31 August 2016

Today the Appeals Court upheld the Forest & Bird appeal challenging DoC’s decision to downgrade, and swap to the Regional Council’s holding company (HBRIC), conservation land necessary for the CHB dam . Without that land, there’s no reservoir for the…

BayBuzz31 August 2016

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Tukituki NOT in the clear

23 August 2016

Monday the Regional Council staff put out a press release titled ‘Tukituki in the clear’, indicating that the most recent analysis of groundwater from HBRC-monitored bores around the contaminated Havelock North aquifer (the Te Mata aquifer) sampled last week by HBRC…

Tom Belford23 August 2016

Standing for Regional Council

10 August 2016

I’m proud to be nominated as a candidate for the HB Regional Council by two of my long-time citizen heroes and friends – Chris Ryan, with whom I co-led the petition campaign that gathered over 10,000 names to reject the…

Tom Belford10 August 2016

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The dam -- confusion over Friday; more to come

10 July 2016

Last Friday was a jumbled day at the Regional Council, juxtaposing two public-excluded briefings on the dam with two public sanitised versions of those presentations, followed by a confusing procedural vote. As I wrote beforehand in this Talking Point published…

Tom Belford10 July 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