Part of my job is to be a salesman for the Bay. We have a positive story to tell about our regional economy. But how do you break that down into real and tangible examples about the achievements we can be proud of?

First of all – the economic nuts and bolts. The ASB Bank's Regional Scoreboard in March found Hawke's Bay was the top performing region across the country. "The sunny Hawke's Bay shines brightest" it proclaimed.

We all know this. But I wanted to amp that up in the corridors of power. What better opportunity than a special