Forgive a bit of personal reflection here, but yesterday marked exactly ten years of the Belfords living in Hawke’s Bay.

With absolutely no regrets.

Still, Brooks and I have probably felt some need to ‘validate’ the wisdom of our risky impulse, with both of us, consequently, wanting to do our part in helping Hawke’s Bay become all it might be.

Brooks has earned a counseling degree and spends most of her time counseling at the Heretaunga Women’s Centre and DOVE. And I do my thing by being a pain in the butt to folks who don’t quite ‘get’ what makes HB special … and could make it even more so.

Claire, in the first instance a ‘victim’ of her parents’ choices, has nevertheless managed to thrive, and will soon complete her Commerce degree with honours at Victoria.

So thanks to all of you who have welcomed and supported us here in Hawke’s Bay and made this such an easy and productive transition.

However, as the saying goes, ‘No good deed goes unpunished’ … Now we’re good for at least another ten years in HB!


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  1. And we’re all the richer for having the Belford family here in the Bay so thanks Tom and family for your unique contribution to our community

  2. Wonderful to have you folks in HB and was great to have Brooks complete her counselling degree at EIT!

  3. Hey Tom & Brooks – Hawke’s Bay is definitely the richer for your decision to relocate here, and I am personally so! Thank you both for wisdom, encouragement, and the confidence to challenge the status quo!
    I still don’t quite get why good people worry about your pony tail Tom. Personally, I am fine with it…. maybe over the next 10 years there will be a general acceptance that a pony tail, as a personal choice, is perfectly OK …. I’m not holding my breath, but here’s hoping!
    Thank you again Belford family…. and may many more of your kind choose to settle in Hawke’s Bay.

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