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Hawke's Bay oil probe was legal - mayor
There was no choice but to allow an oil and gas company to carry out seismic testing near the airport, Napier mayor Bill Dalton told a protest group this week. Napier issued a resource consent to Endeavour Energy this month, allowing a seismic survey on Government-owned land west of the Hawke's Bay Airport.
Sun Sep 14, 2014
Training business gone to the dogs
He rescued two-and-a-half-year-old husky Nanook from the Napier's pound last year. Within minutes the dog had jumped the fence and killed a chicken.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
The New Zealand Herald
Cunliffe in Napier: A day to talk of cabbages and kings
It was a day to talk of cabbages and kings -- or at least kingmakers -- for Labour leader David Cunliffe in Napier. Mr Cunliffe visited Hawkes Bay to help Labour candidate Stuart Nash and Tukituki candidate Anna Lorck's campaigns -- kicking off at Petershead School.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Napier police station claims incorrect
Eastern District Police say claims that the Napier police station will close and the city will lose frontline police staff are incorrect. Eastern District Commander Superintendent Sandra Venables said there will always be a police presence in Napier and there were no plans to reduce frontline staff numbers.
Dog-handling teams at airports increasing
PROMISING PUP: After an initial assessment by Ministry for Primary Industries detector dog adviser Alan Willox, Poppy is about to start training to see if she would make a suitable detector dog. Her elderly owners have gifted the 10-month-old pup to the Ministry for Primary Industries in the hope their little handful could be transformed into a good working dog.
Tue Sep 09, 2014
Oil and gas near Hawke's Bay airport?
The ground will tremble as a gas and oil company carries out a seismic survey on land near Hawke's Bay Airport, but the work will be far enough from buildings not to bother anyone, the council says. Endeavour Energy has been given approval by Napier City Council to undertake a seismic survey on Landcorp property west of the airport.
Work and Income guards 'harm all for a few' say clients
Just what is acceptable behaviour and what is not, a Hawke's Bay Work and Income client is asking, as the organisation puts security guards on the doors of all its offices. On Thursday, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced that guards would be able to ask for identification and turn away people they deemed a risk.
Regions need strong leaders to grow: Eaqub
A "one size fits all" approach to growing the economy is hurting regions such as Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research principal economist Shamubeel Eaqub said. Speaking in Hawke's Bay last night, he told civic and business leaders that the region needed a strong leader to break economic patterns of the past.
Law 'protects' abusers, says candidate
FACING THE PUBLIC: Napier candidates, from left, Wayne Walford , Stuart Nash , Paul Bailey , Barry Pulford , Garth McVicar and Mary O'Neill . Current legislation is protecting child sex offenders and "has encouraged the level of child abuse we have here", Conservative Party candidate Garth McVicar told a meeting in Napier last night.
Innovation pays off for sheep breeder
That's according to Andy Ramsden who doesn't particularly like the word composite, which refers to a sheep made up of two or more different breeds. "I prefer to call them the new purebreds - a lot of our breeds, like the perendale, have resulted from crossing two different breeds," he said.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
The New Zealand Herald
NZ@Noon: Totem pole comes down after 25 years
Rotorua District Council community arts adviser Marc Spijkerbosch explains the history of the totem pole before its decommissioning yesterday. Photo / Stephen Parker Stories making headlines around the regions include a grisly find on a Northland beach and a monumental sculpture in Rotorua is removed.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
Manawatu Evening Standard
Streaker was 'aiming for Richie'
The streaker who disrupted Napier's first All Blacks test in almost two decades sparked security concerns and soured an otherwise "outstanding" event the city's leaders hope to repeat. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen labelled 25-year-old streaker Rose Kupa's antics "a pain in the backside" after Saturday's test match, while Israel Dagg laughed off the slap on the bum Kupa gave him as she dashed past.
Sat Sep 06, 2014
New Zealand beats Argentina 28-9 in Rugby Championship
Argentina's Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, right, is tackled by New Zealand's Richie McCaw in the Investic International Rugby match at McLean Park in Napier, New Zealand, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.
Fri Sep 05, 2014
The New Zealand Herald
Contentious pamphlet amended
Napier's Conservative candidate, Garth McVicar, says his party has amended an election flyer which incorrectly stated Labour's stance on a 2012 local government law change was pivotal to the region's amalgamation debate. In the pamphlet, distributed to Napier homes, Mr McVicar outlines the policy and positions he and the Conservative Party hold on several issues, and compares them to the stance taken by his Labour opponent in the electorate, Stuart Nash.
Hawke's Bay city centres in decline
Hastings and Napier city centres are in the worst shape they have been in for a decade, according to a new survey. Logan Stone's six-monthly survey of retail space in the city centres, undertaken in August, confirms anecdotal evidence around the number of "for lease" signs appearing in the cities' empty shop windows.
Thu Sep 04, 2014
Conservatives disappointed with Taxpayers' Union vision
The Conservative Party responded to the Taxpayers' Union today saying the Union lacks vision when it comes to prison reform. "In criticising the Conservative Policy the Taxpayers' Union has looked only at the costs based on the current prison system rather than the reduced costs that would result from the Conservative Party policy of prison reform" says Party Leader Colin Craig.
Wed Sep 03, 2014
A short interruption to the arrival of Spring
Another low approaches the upper parts of the North Island, bringing with it more rain, heavy falls and thunder. "This rain will be a real concern for many, due to the ground being already saturated after this past weekend, " commented MetService meteorologist Elke Louw.
Tue Sep 02, 2014
Marae Cookery an Entree to More Courses
Learning cookery skills on their home marae is the icing on the cake for a group of students from Omahu.
Napier & Hastings retail occupancy rates 2001-2014 [Logan Stone]
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Mon Sep 01, 2014
Weather: fine, except Gisborne and Hawke's Bay
MetService has a severe weather warning in place for these areas, where the heaviest falls are expected about the ranges north of Napier.