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Dam Project Struggling to Hold Water?

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 3:48 pm | BayBuzz

That’s the title of Friday’s editorial in the NZ Herald commenting on the proposed Ruataniwha dam. More >>

Build the dam now, suffer the consequences later

Monday, 4 May 2015, 9:48 am | BayBuzz

The Tukituki Board of Inquiry issued a draft decision on Friday aimed at resolving the final form of Plan Change 6, which sets the environmental regulatory regime for the Tukituki catchment, including the proposed Ruataniwha dam, if it proceeds. More >>

Councillors offer alternative dam proposal

Sunday, 2 November 2014, 3:09 pm | BayBuzz

On Friday, Councillors Barker, Beaven, Graham and myself offered an alternative dam proposal that we believe is superior to the $300 million scheme (plus another $300 million in on-farm costs) advocated by HBRIC and five of our HBRC colleagues. More >>

The Black Budget

Monday, 25 August 2014, 9:36 am | BayBuzz

The US Government has what’s known as “The Black Budget” a top-secret allocation, estimated at $52.6 billion in 2013, that funds the country’s covert action, surveillance and counterintelligence programmes across more than a dozen agencies. More >>

Will the Tukituki get better?

Friday, 4 July 2014, 12:54 pm | BayBuzz

Maybe. Maybe not. The Board of Inquiry (BOI), in its final decision, appears to think it has rescued the Tukituki. It has required Farm Environmental Management Plans (FEMPs) in which farmers must commit to how they will meet specified nutrient (nitrogen) ... More >>

Voting on the dam

Friday, 27 June 2014, 9:44 am | BayBuzz

This past Wednesday, I voted against committing $80 million of ratepayer funds to the Ruataniwha dam scheme. More >>

Oil, gas, fracking and the Regional Council

Friday, 6 June 2014, 10:34 am | BayBuzz

In her just released report, Drilling for oil and gas in New Zealand , the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes crystal clear that regional councils have a vital role to play in protecting environmental and public health in the event of ... More >>

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Tuesday, 3 June 2014, 11:31 pm | BayBuzz

Lost amidst all the doom and gloom predicted by HBRC’s staff and its holding company (HBRIC) honchos to result from the Board of Inquiry’s tough water quality regime is a positive opportunity. More >>

John Key on the dam

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 10:19 am | BayBuzz

John Key in a press briefing, predicted that the decision made by the Board of Inquiry on managing the Tukituki and building a dam would go to the High Court. More >>

4 Councillors endorse Plan Change

Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 1:24 pm | BayBuzz

Plan Change 6, as directed by the Board of Inquiry (BOI) in its draft decision, would give the region a swimmable, fishable, healthy Tukituki. More >>

The lights will go out

Monday, 21 April 2014, 3:52 pm | BayBuzz

So says Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson, lamenting the Board of Inquiry’s decision to require serious environmental protection for the Tukituki catchment. More >>

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 >>