Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Spice of Life

My choice from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺ 

(including at times, photos for the Napier Courierthe Hastings Leader,

 Marcus Ketel from Wright and Co Cafe, Joll Rd, Havelock North, at Havelock North New World, Havelock North, buying Parkers New Zealand Water, locally sourced, one of an expected 10 pallets of water to be sold today - story about a Gastro outbreak in Havelock North, from a Hastings District Council water supply. photograph
Stocking up
Marcus Ketel from Wright and Co Cafe, Joll Rd, Havelock North, at Havelock North New World, Havelock North, buying Parkers New Zealand Water, locally sourced, one of an expected 10 pallets of water to be sold today - story about a Gastro outbreak in Havelock North, from a Hastings District Council water supply.

L-R: Nathan Medina, 8, Jack Medina, 10, Napier, playing on a swing at Taradale Park, Taradale, Napier, in the warm late afternoon sun, weather. photograph
Blue yonder
L-R: Nathan Medina, 8, Jack Medina, 10, Napier, playing on a swing at Taradale Park, Taradale, Napier, in the warm late afternoon sun, weather.

Martin Good, breakfast show co-host, The Hits, candidate for the Napier City Council in the local body elections. photograph
Colleague for Council
Martin Good, breakfast show co-host, The Hits, candidate for the Napier City Council in the local body elections.

Dr Kevin Snee, CE, Hawke's Bay District Health Board, HBDHB - press conference at the HBDHB re a Gastro outbreak in Havelock North in water from a Hastings District Council bore. photograph
Tough job
Dr Kevin Snee, CE, Hawke's Bay District Health Board, HBDHB - press conference at the HBDHB re a Gastro outbreak in Havelock North in water from a Hastings District Council bore.

Sarah Parr, bodybuilder, pictured at Nfinite Fitness in Napier, will compete in the sports model section of the Nabba/WWF Pan Pacific Championship in Auckland. photograph
Looking good
Sarah Parr, bodybuilder, pictured at Nfinite Fitness in Napier, will compete in the sports model section of the Nabba/WWF Pan Pacific Championship in Auckland.

Juliet Harbutt, Havelock North, one of the world's leading authorities on cheese, has just relocated to Hawke's Bay from the United Kingdom. photograph
Just add wine
Juliet Harbutt, Havelock North, one of the world's leading authorities on cheese, has just relocated to Hawke's Bay from the United Kingdom.

Tom Biss, Napier City Rovers, pictured in Havelock North. photograph
Top player
Tom Biss, Napier City Rovers, pictured in Havelock North.

Penny Leigh, director, First National Real Estate, a Bay Plaza business, and Peter Neal, manager, Bay Plaza Pharmacy, gave out 500 free bottles of hand sanitiser (Hand Sanitizer), at Bay Plaza Pharmacy, Bay Plaza, Hastings, after a gastro outbreak in Havelock North, from a Hastings District Council water supply. photograph
Business community responds
Penny Leigh, director, First National Real Estate, a Bay Plaza business, and Peter Neal, manager, Bay Plaza Pharmacy, gave out 500 free bottles of hand sanitiser (Hand Sanitizer), at Bay Plaza Pharmacy, Bay Plaza, Hastings, after a gastro outbreak in Havelock North, from a Hastings District Council water supply.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Moving Pictures

My choice of video from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺

In just one week, I saw so many generous acts of kindness and support for the folks of Havelock North. This would have to be one of my favourites.

Francky Godinho, owner and chef at St Georges Restaurant, made more than 100 litres of pumpkin soup and delivered it with water bottles to Havelock North residents after a gastro outbreak in Havelock North.  photograph
Pumpkin soup a welcome relief in Havelock North
Francky Godinho, owner and chef at St Georges Restaurant, made more than 100 litres of pumpkin soup and delivered it with water bottles to Havelock North residents after a gastro outbreak in Havelock North. 

(Video autostarts after the break, may take a little time to load. There are also links to some of our other videos.)

Saturday, 20 August 2016

WhaleOil weighs in to the Havelock North gastro outbreak

On WhaleOil yesterday, in a post entitled, " Did CHB shit cause the gastro outbreak in Havelock North?" the ubiquitous and anonymous Teknonym published an old photo of the Waipawa River, with the following text: 
"It is shit from the non compliant CHB waste water scheme running into the Waipawa river. Not far down stream this runs into the Tukituki River, which runs down through CHB into Hawkes Bay past Havelock North.
The water from the Tukituki could be contaminating the Havelock North Town Supply.
Remember this is water that the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council is allowing to be polluted because they are not enforcing the consents on CHB, who continue to pour their shit into our rivers."
The key line, an absolute conjecture is in the second paragraph, "The water from the Tukituki could be contaminating the Havelock North Town Supply."

Fair enough, WhaleOil can have their hobby horses, every blogger does. It'd be nice if they could add a bit of science, you know, balanced reporting and all that, as they so regularly demand from the MSM and anyone else they disagree with.

But the conversation gets interesting in the comments:

First out of his corner is F T Bear...

  • F T Bear • 11 hours ago
    If you are not going to take the time to understand the aquifer system and how it works, and just sit back making silly conclusions based on someones personal crusade. You become just like all the Duncan Garners and HDPA's and all the other left leaning fools that get a hard time on this blog.
    The water in the Tuki Tuki river has NOTHING to do with the water taken from a well near Havelock North

Pete Belt jumps into the ring, wearing his gloves AND his referee's uniform, and throws a haymaker...

  • Pete Mod F T Bear • 10 hours ago
    Mayor Yule can't get two back to back water tests to deliver a consistent result, yet you keep coming here and have all the answers. Everybody says they have no real idea, including Tonkin Taylor, and you come here and are ruling this out. You might be right, but the council could do with your knowledge, your confidence and blind faith. Don't waste it here.

Let me translate: It's Mayor Yule's fault, and because the results are inconsistent, HE is inconsistent. You obviously just don't get it. No one really knows, and although you've obviously got your own opinion - and you might be right - any view other than Teknonym's is not welcome on this blog.

Understandably, in the face of such worthy opposition, F T Bear backs-off, just a little, then jabs a bit

  • F T Bear Pete • 10 hours ago
    I'm not professing to be an expert , but everything I have said is public knowledge. I just read and listen.
    The Tonkin Taylor report has nothing to do with Waipawa river, what I'm saying is you are misleading with your speculation.
    Since Saturday morning they have tested the water in Havelock every day and have no positive tests, to say he can't put two tests back to back is also misleading.

Pete senses his opponent's weakness, and gives him the old one-two...

  • Pete Mod F T Bear • 10 hours ago
    I just got it from the radio news where Mayor Yule said the latest test came back negative, so the previous one was a false positive. This is on the tanker.
    The point being that if these tests are so crap "publicly available" information is clearly not reliable.
    It amuses me that the first test was a false positive, as opposed to the second test being a false negative.
    You know. Spin, and all that.
    But that's what this platform is for. And we don't need your snide remarks. Just state your case, others, such as hard1 state theirs.
    " You become just like all the Duncan Garners and HDPA's" is sufficient to kick you to the kerb for trolling. I haven't, because I'm sure it's just a slip up. By all means defend your position, but don't start kicking the moderators shins because they will eventually react.

Let me translate: My facts are better than your facts. We don't like spin around here, unless it's ours. Throw a punch we don't like, even if it's a legitimate comparison, that's a foul and you'll be out for the count. And don't bother with any official protest, I'm the ref too, sucker!

And F T Bear whimpers a little, hits himself, waves his arms around a couple of times and throws in the towel...

  • F T Bear Pete • 10 hours ago
    Sorry, It is definitely not my intention to up set things, or you, I will give myself an uppercut.
    My points all along in this is that we jump to conclusions and start mixing fact with fiction that very soon becomes more fact.
    One of the issues is the terminology and on that I agree it could be better. As you and all your readers know sometimes our press are a bit fast and loose with the truth, misleading with bits and pieces just cause more angst.
    The problem with the test on the tanker that came back as a positive was the water was from a bore in Hastings which is why they chlorinated Hastings water. It is more than likely a tanker problem not a water problem. They haven't had a positive test from the water in Havelock since the dosed it last Friday night.
    My other point is that the Waipawa river , RWSS, have nothing to do with this Havelock situation, I believe you only cloud and confuse by bring it up.

Translation: Thanks ref, I'm sorry I hit you where it hurts, here, I'll do penance. Let me reiterate my point, but I'll also blame the media cos I know that will make you happy. (whisper) And by the way, my points were valid.

And noting his opponent's much subdued demeanor, the ref graciously doesn't reply to the substance of his argument and declares himself the winner.

Judge's decision: 
FT Bear loses the bout and might never return to the ring. The promoter loses cos he's soon going to run out of fair-minded opponents. The audience loses and goes home disappointed to play tiddlywinks. The ref crows to his sycophants in the blue corner how once again he won the fight, fair and square, hardly noticing the rapidly emptying stadium beyond. The janitor of the once-worthy establishment prepares to turn out the lights, and heads off to the nearest bar to reflect on the good old days and weeps for what might have been. 

[ Footnote: Pete George featured this post on Your NZ, in Hawke's Bay water and Whale Oil. You can follow more comments there ]

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Spice of Life

My choice from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺ 

(including at times, photos for the Napier Courierthe Hastings Leader,

Senior Sergeant Luke Shadbolt, currently vice-president of the New Zealand Police Association, candidate for president, pictured opposite the Hastings Police Station, Hastings. photograph
Hopeful
Senior Sergeant Luke Shadbolt, currently vice-president of the New Zealand Police Association, candidate for president, pictured opposite the Hastings Police Station, Hastings.

Tracey Chatterton, chief reporter, staff, Hawke's Bay Today, experiences fire cupping by Trudi Collins, acupunturist, Acupuncture Heretaunga, Havelock North. photograph
Weal see
Tracey Chatterton, chief reporter, staff, Hawke's Bay Today, experiences fire cupping by Trudi Collins, acupunturist, Acupuncture Heretaunga, Havelock North.

L-R: Matt Tims, Bill's son, Natalie Tims - Firefighters formed a guard of honour as Natalie Tims arrived in a cart after arriving on a commercial flight - The body of former Haumoana volunteer fire chief Bill Tims was brought back to Hawke's Bay Airport, Napier. Mr Tims was killed and his wife Natalie Tims was seriously injured  when they were struck by a motorcycle in downtown San Francisco, USA. photograph
Family bond
L-R: Matt Tims, Bill's son, Natalie Tims - Firefighters formed a guard of honour as Natalie Tims arrived in a cart after arriving on a commercial flight - The body of former Haumoana volunteer fire chief Bill Tims was brought back to Hawke's Bay Airport, Napier. Mr Tims was killed and his wife Natalie Tims was seriously injured  when they were struck by a motorcycle in downtown San Francisco, USA.

No 21 Reno Jardene, Hastings Boys' High School - Super 8 first XV rugby final vs Hamilton Boys' High School, at Hastings Boys' High School, Hastings. Hastings won 30-8. photograph
Go Man, Go
No 21 Reno Jardene, Hastings Boys' High School - Super 8 first XV rugby final vs Hamilton Boys' High School, at Hastings Boys' High School, Hastings. Hastings won 30-8.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Moving Pictures

My choice of video from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺

Hawke's Bay firefighters formed guards of honour as the body of former Haumoana volunteer fire chief Bill Tims was brought back to Hawke's Bay Airport, Napier. Mr Tims was killed and his wife Natalie Tims was seriously injured when they were struck by a motorcycle in downtown San Francisco, USA. photograph
Haumoana firefighter honoured
Hawke's Bay firefighters formed guards of honour as the body of former Haumoana volunteer fire chief Bill Tims was brought back to Hawke's Bay Airport, Napier. Mr Tims was killed and his wife Natalie Tims was seriously injured when they were struck by a motorcycle in downtown San Francisco, USA.

(Video autostarts after the break, may take a little time to load. There are also links to some of my other videos.)

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Spice of Life

My choice from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺ 

(including at times, photos for the Napier Courierthe Hastings Leader,

William Barnes, Havelock North, winner of Mastermind, a TV quiz show. photograph
Numero uno
William Barnes, Havelock North, winner of Mastermind, a TV quiz show.

Model - Hair design by Teagan Steed, Pure Hair - The Cut - Live Event, Senior Stylist. Hawke's Bay Hairdressing Competition finals at Taradale RSA, Taradale, Napier. photograph
Purely purple
Model - Hair design by Teagan Steed, Pure Hair - The Cut - Live Event, Senior Stylist. Hawke's Bay Hairdressing Competition finals at Taradale RSA, Taradale, Napier.

Gracie Nisbet, M>Phosis, working on her model - The Day Style - Live Model, Next Generation Stylist. Hawke's Bay Hairdressing Competition finals at Taradale RSA, Taradale, Napier. photograph
Up and coming
Gracie Nisbet, M>Phosis, working on her model - The Day Style - Live Model, Next Generation Stylist. Hawke's Bay Hairdressing Competition finals at Taradale RSA, Taradale, Napier.

Model - Hair design by Season Matthews, Decadence - The Day Style - Live Model, Next Generation Stylist. Hawke's Bay Hairdressing Competition finals at Taradale RSA, Taradale, Napier. photograph
 Reflective
Model - Hair design by Season Matthews, Decadence - The Day Style - Live Model, Next Generation Stylist. Hawke's Bay Hairdressing Competition finals at Taradale RSA, Taradale, Napier.

Left: Stephen Hoyle, NCR - Miramar beat Napier City Rovers 2-1, soccer, football at Park Island, Napier. photograph
Aerial battle
Left: Stephen Hoyle, NCR - Miramar beat Napier City Rovers 2-1, soccer, football at Park Island, Napier.

Linda Hall, assistant editor, Hawke's Bay Today, undergoing ionactive power treatment using an LED light therapy mask for skin treatment, at Mia Dolce, Havelock North. photograph
Moody blue
Linda Hall, assistant editor, Hawke's Bay Today, undergoing ionactive power treatment using an LED light therapy mask for skin treatment, at Mia Dolce, Havelock North.

Matt Garland, Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports, training at Elwood Park, Hastings. photograph
High ball
Matt Garland, Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports, training at Elwood Park, Hastings.

Toetoe in the wind, weather, on SH2, Clive. photograph
The answer, my friend
Toetoe in the wind, weather, on SH2, Clive.

Piece of plastic caught in a tree in the wind, weather, on SH2, Clive. photograph
Desperado
Piece of plastic caught in a tree in the wind, weather, on SH2, Clive.

Sue Adams, Palmerston North, competing in the two dog scooter class in the 25th Anniversary Race Weekend organised to celebrate the lower North-Island-based Ridge Runners Dog Racing Club's quarter-century of competition, held at Linden Estate Winery, Eskdale, Napier. photograph
Only when it's cold
Sue Adams, Palmerston North, competing in the two dog scooter class in the 25th Anniversary Race Weekend organised to celebrate the lower North-Island-based Ridge Runners Dog Racing Club's quarter-century of competition, held at Linden Estate Winery, Eskdale, Napier.

One of the competitors in the one dog scooter class in the 25th Anniversary Race Weekend organised to celebrate the lower North-Island-based Ridge Runners Dog Racing Club's quarter-century of competition, held at Linden Estate Winery, Eskdale, Napier. photograph
In the dark
One of the competitors in the one dog scooter class in the 25th Anniversary Race Weekend organised to celebrate the lower North-Island-based Ridge Runners Dog Racing Club's quarter-century of competition, held at Linden Estate Winery, Eskdale, Napier.

Hawke's Bay Today Photo Sales

Monday, 1 August 2016

Moving Pictures

My choice of video from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺

L-R: Benjamin Clifton, Te Ururoa Flavell - visit to Raureka School, Hastings, and their community hub, community toolbox, community playground and community gardens, by Te Ururoa Flavell, co-leader, Maori Party, MP for Waiariki, Minister for Maori Development, Minister for Whanau Ora, Associate Minister for Economic Development. photograph
L-R: Benjamin Clifton, Te Ururoa Flavell - visit to Raureka School, Hastings, and their community hub, community toolbox, community playground and community gardens, by Te Ururoa Flavell, co-leader, Maori Party, MP for Waiariki, Minister for Maori Development, Minister for Whanau Ora, Associate Minister for Economic Development.
Raureka community initiative applauded
Associate Minister for Economic Development and co-leader of the Maori Party Te Ururoa Flavell visited Raureka School, Hastings, to learn about their community hub, community toolbox, community playground and community gardens.

(Video autostarts after the break, may take a little time to load. There is also a link to my other video of the week.)