Each August, dozens of students from the University of Auckland’s School of Environment descend upon Hawke’s Bay for a week of field research.
They’re studying “Human Geography” which, as you’ll see from some of the research titles I mention, covers a lot of territory.
Many businesses, private citizens, NGOs, and local body staff and Councillors generously make themselves available to assist the students in their research.
I’m embarrassed to say that I overlooked this online compendium of the students’ final reports sent to me back in January by their course coordinator Dr David Hayward.
But here it is at last for your reading pleasure … and edification. About eighty papers were prepared. Here’s just a sampling of the report topics:
- The Brain Drain in Hawke’s Bay (three students took this subject on)
- Spatial Distribution of Fast-Food Outlets in Napier (now this is my kind of field research!)
- Identities and Differences in Napier and Hastings (some great observations here … amalgamation is doomed)
- Crime in Taradale: Patterns & Perspectives (several crime papers, all Napier-focused … sorry Barbara!)
- Nature & Characteristics of Chinese Immigrants in Hawke’s Bay (quite a few Asian students in the group)
- Pressed for Growth: An Analysis of Hawke’s Bay’s Olive Industry
- Golf Courses in Hawke’s Bay — Economic Benefits vs. Environmental Costs: Are They making par?
Also, heaps of papers on one or another aspect of local tourism and marketing.
All in all, definitely worth a browse. Get some fresh perspective on how Hawke’s Bay looks under the social scientists’ magnifying glass.