In the latest BayBuzz Digest, more on what to expect in the year ahead from Hawke’s Bay leaders …

In Focus on Youth, EIT’s Claire Hague reports on innovations at Hastings Girls HS and Wairoa College which seem to be pointing a way, not only to keep senior students in school, but to help them thrive.

In his article, In Good Health, DHB’s new CEO, Dr Kevin Snee talks about how the DHB will be meeting specific central government goals for improved health outcomes (we’re great at immunizations).

And in Cautious Optimism, the Chamber of Commerce’s Murray Douglas offers a slowly improving economic scenario for 2010, and prods Councils to do their part (i.e., amalgamate!).

Finally, in Looking Ahead, Hastings Councillor Wayne Bradshaw admonishes his Council to finish what it starts, instead of bouncing from one uncompleted priority and project to another.

Hmmm. Could Wayne be “jousting”?

As Mayor Yule said in his BayBuzz article, published yesterday: “2010 is the year of democracy and there will be a lot of attention on the local elections in the run up to October (and the elbowing for limelight, jousting over issues and the public colliding of personalities that inevitably go with it!).”

And as for “elbowing for limelight”, I noticed that occasional mayoral candidate Simon Nixon’s blog has recently sprung to life, with new articles on Venture Hawke’s Bay and — you guessed it — the airport!

Tom Belford

P.S. You can download and read a PDF version of the entire February BayBuzz Digest here.

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