The November/December edition of BayBuzz Digest is now available, and all the articles are on the BayBuzz website as well. The Digest will be letterbox-distributed in the coming week to about 10,000 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. Read about the latest developments on Ocean Beach, what National’s victory means, young professionals’ “take” on Hawke’s Bay, a profile of the Mongrel Mob, the state of housing and homelessness in the Bay, barbs and bouquets for the Councils, insiders’ looks at the art/wine (dis)connection and how Bay restaurants must cope with rising costs, and a bit of humour.
Our Guest Buzzmaker this edition is Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule, writing on the local implications of the election. Grumpy Councillor Tim Gilbertson pines for amalgamation. Gallery owner Judith Anderson, Chamber chief Murray Douglas, and commentators Mark Sweet, Brendan Webb, Elizabeth Sisson, Brian Duggan and Kent Baddeley aim to provoke.
A number of our guest writers – Andrew Frame, Georgina Miller and Sophie Stewart are young professionals here in the Bay. Our impression is that this generation of “do-ers,” roughly in the 25-40 year age bracket, is something of an endangered species in the Bay. So we asked this trio to give us their views on what’s good or bad, right or wrong about the Bay. To put their musings in broader perspective, we interviewed Ian Beattie of Riot Corp, a Bay-focused recruiting agency, who is often seeking to entice mid-career professionals to the Bay. You’ll feel a lot of positive vibes in this set of articles, but some food for thought as well.
And don’t miss our quick updates on Hastings Council spending, the ten-year plan (LTCCP) consultation process, and lawsuits affecting the District Health Board and Ravensdown.
We want to hear from you. You can write to us at BayBuzz, PO Box 8322, Havelock North 4157. Or better, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s also a reader survey on the website where you can easily give us feedback.
Finally, if you don’t need to talk to us, then by all means talk to Mayor Yule and Andy Lowe! As we report, the Hastings Council still must make some key decisions about Ocean Beach, and Bay residents seeking to protect the beach still need to speak out. Plus, Andy Lowe’s Hill Country is refusing to pay $276,000 in fees related to the Council’s review of their 1,000 home fantasy. If Hill Country doesn’t pay, guess who does … YOU, the ratepayer!
You can send a “Citizen’s Invoice” and message online to Andy Lowe and Mayor Yule at www.baybuzz.co.nz.
Enjoy the articles!