The September/October edition of BayBuzz Digest is now available. It will be letterbox-distributed in the coming week to some homes in Hastings, Napier and Havelock North, plus you can pick up a copy in a few dozen shops, dairies and cafes around the region.

This edition of BayBuzz Digest covers a wide range of issues … the cost of emergency medical service in the region, a missed opportunity to reduce Hastings Council debt, environmental health issues in Whakatu, a look at drinking and violence, the local impact of recession, key trends local leaders say will shape the future of Hawke’s Bay, insiders’ looks at the Bay’s art world (with Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins) and a first-class local restaurant (Pacifica), and a healthy dose of humour.

Our guest writers include Regional Council CEO Andrew Newman, grumpy Councillor Tim Gilbertson, Chamber chief Murray Douglas, Baywatch’s Angela Hair, Maori leader Des Ratima, economist Sean Bevin, and commentators Mark Sweet, Robin Gwynn, Elizabeth Sisson, Brian Duggan and Kent Baddeley, and wry observer of the quirky, Mark Story. All of these articles are now online at BayBuzz.

A number of our guest writers were asked to talk about the key trends they think will shape the Bay’s future over the next ten years or so. We chose this focus because our Councils are already beginning to review our long terms plans (LTCCPs as they are affectionately called), with a special look at the next three years. Informal consultations with the public and organized interests and constituencies are already underway. I hope that our guest writers will stimulate you to think about the “big picture” and make your views known, both informally now and later in the formal submissions processes.

And don’t miss our quick updates on Ocean Beach, the regional sports park, Tukituki water consents, court-rebuffed Havelock North apartments, and the District Health Board lawsuit.


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