When do you ever open the news and see smiling faces, awesome initiatives and positive changemakers?
The sad reality is, hardly ever. Happy Bay News is the ultimate antidote to bad news and we are a force to be reckoned with.
We’re a group of like-minded individuals who fundamentally believe in the power of spreading good news across the community, shining a light on those unsung heroes that walk among us.
We believe that real change starts from the community level and were determined to power up and cheer on those who are leading that change.
Founded in 2021, our team, follower base and number of publications have grown steadily from a few cafes in Hastings to now having followership all across the bay and into Central Hawke’s Bay.
We’re really excited to extend into the CHB area, it provides a unique opportunity to highlight the different faces of this beautiful part of the world. From sportspeople punching above their weight on the international stage to greyhound rescue centres and community couples, there is no shortage of good news across CHB.
As a team, are lucky to have the opportunity to practise skills and extend talents in creativity, using and working with all sorts of different media to create our publication.
From interviewing individuals, taking photos, and videos, and writing stories and opinion pieces, we’re exposed to variety and that makes sharing happy stories that much more exciting.
Happy Bay News’ mission is two-pronged - firstly, spreading the good news and second, exposing rangatahi (young people) to skills and opportunities, which may lead to careers in creative industries.
Next time, you see a copy of a yellow magazine with positive stuff written all over it, give it a minute and have a read - it might just make you smile.
ARTICLE - CHRIS PROCTOR
THE HAPPY BAY NEWS
The Happy Bay news is a local youth led project, with content contributed to by Hawke's Bay and CHB youth.
We seek out stories in our community of people that are doing good stuff, often without even knowing it !
Our team interview them, grab a few photos and it then goes to print in our own newspaper, circulated into the community, now into it's 3rd seasonal edition.
Each of our team gain skill around media, but also in multiple other ways as they connect with the community around them, working as a team and gaining tons of confidence to help them in their future careers.
We are proudly supported by our local Councils and funders to get the Happy Bay News out into our community.
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Dewald Botha from Resource, photographed by
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Catch up with the latest edition !
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JOIN THE TEAM
We are looking for team members and guest contributors interested in graphic design, photography, illustration and art, written word, poetry, film, post production, or maybe you want to contribute your ideas and viewpoints to help provide direction and content .
We will provide all the gear and help with direction - you just bring your enthusiasm, so If your aged 14-18 get in touch .
Get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form below.
We love hearing about our unsung heroes, those doing good in our community and happy doing it too.
Do you know someone who is doing awesome things in Hawke's Bay ?
Please tell us about this person( or people!) and how what they do is making our region a happy place.
And, please give us their contact details so we can get in touch with them and include their story in our next edition.
(Pictured: Richard and Raewyn Lawrence, In memory of our friend, Raewyn)