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Our Vineyards Face a Changing Climate

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Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s second largest wine region after Marlborough, providing substantial income and employment within the vineyards, wineries and service industries and for the associated tourism, food, accommodation and travel sectors.  Hawke’s Bay’s diverse range of geography, soils,…

John van der Linden01 February 2020

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Seeds

Lifestyle Voices

It’s the time of year when the light changes. Shining bright and white, it bounces off spring blossoms and new growth, extending its reach into the farthest corners of our whare. This springtime light highlights the dust and ash, settled…

Nafanua Kersel01 December 2019

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Representation or Tribalism?

Voices

It was “morally and ethically the right thing to do,” said councillor O’Keefe. Or was it “a very sad day for democracy”, as characterised by councillor Heaps.  The issue that so polarised councillors was the appointment of a single Māori…

Paul Paynter01 August 2019

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Plucking at Your Sweet Spot

Voices Culture

It’s the closest we get to shrieking shamans, to burning effigies and scarifying virgins. We ululate into the atmosphere, pound the floor in a lunatic’s quick-step, hug strangers, chant the chorus and whirl dervish-like into the night. Live music does…

Jess Soutar Barron01 August 2019

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Confront the poison, don’t censor

Voices

I’m still finding it hard to make sense of the massacre in Christchurch. I’m battling with emotion and disbelief, the censorship of information, and a raft of strange behaviours. In the first days and hours after trauma, decisions are often…

Paul Paynter01 June 2019

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It’s Only Love

Voices

I am sitting at the table of our Rotorua AirBnB. We have eight days of storytelling in front of us and two weeks behind us the Christchurch massacre.  In The Warehouse today I hugged two strangers – the checkout woman…

Mary Kippenberger01 June 2019

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The Value of Urban Trees

Environment Voices

Urban trees offer a sense of place and a connection with the past. Environmentally crucial and a cultural touchstone, they have a massive role to play in urban New Zealand. In terms of their environmental benefits, trees provide habitat, sequester…

Pat Turley01 June 2019

Addressing Gun Control

Politics Voices

Discussions during the development of the gun control bill have taken us to the sanctuary of the mosques.  They have allowed us to witness the supreme effort of trauma surgeons in a hospital emergency department. We have caught a glimpse…

Stuart Nash01 June 2019

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Time to demand answers

Politics Voices

With local body elections only around five months away, it’s time to start asking questions of those who fancy themselves taking a seat at the council table.  Here are four Napier issues I want to hear clear, public positions on…

Andrew Frame01 June 2019

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What Can We Do?

Voices

It is a sunny Saturday March 16 as I write this.  Yesterday was New Zealand’s darkest day as hate and terror erupted in Christchurch, at the same time as school children’s protests against climate change inaction spread round the globe.…

David Trubridge01 June 2019

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Plastic … No Quick Fix

Environment Voices

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane.  Go on, have another crack at it. In a world frustratingly awash with acronyms, we can at least recognise this one – DDT, that brutally toxic and offensively long-lived organochlorine pesticide used most widely in the 50s and 60s. …

Paul Paynter01 April 2019

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The Value of Trees

Environment Voices

The social, environmental and economic value of trees can be thought of as a closely intertwined network of roots in a vast forest. Human sustainability cannot exist without environmental sustainability, and the value of trees extends considerably beyond their direct…

Pat Turley01 April 2019

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Sexy Onions

Lifestyle Voices

It’s 11 pm and The Frank Burkitt Band have sung their last encore to rapturous acclaim. Cars can be heard bump, bump over the culvert, homeward bound. The band, fed and watered, are ready to jam into the night, reluctant…

Mary Kippenberger01 April 2019

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Meet the Hello Cup

Voices Online

Robyn McLean is the CEO of Havelock North’s most exciting start-up company, Hello Cup.  Sourcing high-quality medical plastic from Germany, Hello Cup takes orders via a website, manufactures products in a factory in Onekawa, and ships around the world. Robyn…

Matthew Miller01 April 2019

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A Sink or Swim Year

Voices

2019 is a local body election year, and with a myriad of issues facing Napier ratepayers over the last term, it is set to be an election that will determine whether the city sinks under management misinformation, rising sea levels…

Andrew Frame01 April 2019

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Dancing Lessons

Voices

 It’s 9.30 am and sweltering.  I’m just back from the garden where I’ve been chatting to plants and ponies alike. No one can hear me, it’s probably best that way. Later the mokopuna will join me for pea picking, potato…

Mary Kippenberger01 February 2019

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How to Make 2019 Better

Voices

Here are five steps you can take in 2019 that will improve your life and the wellbeing of our entire community. Embrace Moderation – How about we drink less alcohol?  I heard a health guru a while back say 20%…

Paul Paynter01 February 2019

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A flattened hand, crotch lift

Voices

We might have been both flooded in and out, the river may have risen higher than we have ever seen it in 30 years, causing more destruction than ever before.  We might have dug, planted, extended, mowed, weeded and encouraged…

Mary Kippenberger01 December 2018

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