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Is this how to make a $600 million decision?

Monday, 14 April 2014, 10:56 am | BayBuzz

This week, at our Wednesday meeting, Regional Councillors will be asked to set in motion a public consultation process regarding ratepayer investment in the CHB dam. Here’s what we are expected by HBRC management to base our decision on: 1. A so-called ... More >>

Dam cracks

Friday, 28 March 2014, 3:16 pm | BayBuzz

By now, everyone knows Trustpower has pulled out as a prospective $50-60 million investor in the CHB dam. More >>

Countdown on dam decision

Monday, 17 March 2014, 2:17 pm | BayBuzz

Last Wednesday the Regional Council, at its Corporate Committee meeting, considered an ‘indicative’ schedule for HBRC’s final decision-making on the CHB dam. The schedule is as tightly compressed as it could possibly be. More >>

BayBuzz: Timing is everything!

Sunday, 9 March 2014, 12:04 pm | BayBuzz

Isn’t it interesting that all the bad news being reported from Hawke’s Bay councils in the past week or so was actually known last year — as in, pre-election?! More >>

More bovine bathers continue to elude Regional Council

Friday, 7 February 2014, 2:00 pm | BayBuzz

The cows pictured below celebrated Waitangi Day with a wade in the Tukituki, just downstream of the Red Bridge. Not the first time … indeed this seems to be a favourite watering hole of the bovine bathers. More >>

Life behind the veil at HBRC

Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 7:36 pm | BayBuzz

As councillors get into gear for the coming year, it’s clear that secrecy will be the preferred modus operandi of the HB Regional Council. More >>

Tukituki Board of Inquiry seeks delay

Monday, 3 February 2014, 7:24 pm | BayBuzz

The Board of Inquiry (BOI) charged with the fate of the Tukituki catchment has requested a delay in making its decision. More >>

Bill Dalton taps Colin Craig for new amalgamation study

Thursday, 5 December 2013, 2:58 pm | BayBuzz

BayBuzz has confirmed that Napier mayor Bill Dalton will make a blockbuster double announcement on Friday. First, we have learned that the Napier City Council will withdraw the controversial $43,000 anti-amalgamation report prepared by Australian ... More >>

I’ve been elected to the HB Regional Council!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013, 7:12 pm | BayBuzz

My final count is 7,256 votes to Rose’s 7,195 … a margin of a mighty 61 votes. You can all lay claim for putting me over the top! More >>

The fat lady hasn’t sung!

Monday, 14 October 2013, 9:18 am | BayBuzz

Just a quick update on election returns for the Hastings constituency of the HB Regional Council. More >>

Oil & gas in Hawke’s Bay

Thursday, 10 October 2013, 10:15 am | BayBuzz

Commendably, Lawrence Yule and the Hastings Council are hosting a Hawke’s Bay oil and gas forum on Friday. More >>

Point gun at foot … shoot! - Baybuzz

Monday, 7 October 2013, 9:58 am | BayBuzz

Courtesy of Rob Gilcrest writing in The Standard, here is a succinct, highly readable summary of the latest manipulations of information surrounding the CHB dam, titled: The many and varied problems with the Ruataniwha Dam proposal. More >>

The danger of ‘one trick ponies’ - BayBuzz

Thursday, 8 August 2013, 2:31 pm | BayBuzz

One is that all companies chasing profit screw up, whether they build dams, frack for oil, mine coal, or create software. Why? Corners get cut. And not necessarily because of deliberate malevolence. Rather, because the competitive pressure is so ... More >>

Council cuts webcast funding and edits video recordings

Monday, 15 July 2013, 12:39 pm | BayBuzz

On May 29 the Regional Council conducted a debate on the subject of appointing Murray Douglas to fill the council seat vacated by Eileen von Dadelszen for the remaining 100 or so days of the term. More >>

Stuart Nash: Dam issues need sorting

Friday, 5 July 2013, 2:17 pm | BayBuzz

Stuart Nash’s “Talking Point” in today’s HB Today says it all … or asks it all. He raises all the questions that must be satisfied before a thinking person can prudently support the Regional Council’s $600 million CHB water storage scheme. More >>

Cosmetic changes at Regional Council not sufficient

Friday, 28 June 2013, 1:19 pm | BayBuzz

On Thursday the Regional Council announced that CEO Andrew Newman would relinquish his HBRC post, temporarily, so as to officially spend 100% of his time advancing the $600 million dam project on behalf of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company ... More >>

Irrigate? Why not just farm smarter?: BayBuzz

Wednesday, 19 June 2013, 3:53 pm | BayBuzz

In a front page story in the current NZ Farmers Weekly (17 June 2013), prominent farming economist/consultant Phil Journeaux comments on the vastly different productivity and profitability profiles of different farms, focusing on the dairying sector. More >>

The dam goes to Wellington

Wednesday, 12 June 2013, 2:44 pm | BayBuzz

In the biggest political ‘no-surprise’ of the year so far, the Minister for the Environment Monday announced that the HB Regional Council’s proposals for building a $600 million dam and managing the Tukituki catchment will be directed to a Board ... More >>

Regional Council divides on Douglas appointment

Thursday, 30 May 2013, 6:20 pm | BayBuzz

The Regional Council under Fenton Wilson never fails to disappoint when it comes to matters of due process. More >>

Jobs For Hawke’s Bay

Friday, 24 May 2013, 1:18 pm | BayBuzz

Thursday I attended a briefing by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment on Hawke’s Bay’s job prospects in coming years. More >>

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