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Waikato remains on track to meet new Government guidelines

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 11:03 am | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council remains on track to meet new Government water quality-related requirements despite a tightened up timeframe for achieving them. This comment, from council chairperson Paula Southgate, follows a report to the strategy and policy ... More >>

Reduce winter nitrogen loss

Monday, 14 July 2014, 3:23 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Reduce winter nitrogen loss By Bala Tikkisetty Winter is a time when farmers should take special care to protect both profits and the environment from the effects of increased nitrogen leaching at this time of year. Applications of nitrogen fertilisers ... More >>

Whitebait hui to consider issues and options

Thursday, 3 July 2014, 10:46 am | Waikato Regional Council

Members of the Port Waikato whitebaiting community, and the wider public, are being invited to a series of meetings this month to discuss the way forward for the whitebait fishery and related environmental and safety issues. The three community hui come ... More >>

Helicopters grounded for now but monitoring to continue

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 4:17 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council today confirmed it will suspend use of helicopters for monitoring dairy farm effluent compliance pending a review of its methods for checking farmers are working within the rules to protect waterways. Although ground-based ... More >>

Halt to helicopter flights recommended pending review

Friday, 13 June 2014, 12:50 pm | Waikato Regional Council

A halt to Waikato Regional Council monitoring of farm effluent issues by helicopter has been recommended pending a review of the council’s environmental rule enforcement methods. More >>

Waikato dairy farmers boosting effluent performance

Thursday, 12 June 2014, 5:54 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Having adequate storage to stop effluent being sprayed on to pasture at the wrong time is starting to become the new normal for Waikato dairy farmers, says the author of a report to Waikato Regional Council’s environmental performance committee. ... More >>

Regional council flood team monitoring waterways closely

Thursday, 12 June 2014, 12:38 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council’s flood team is monitoring the level of the region’s waterways closely as more rain due today and tomorrow will place extra strain on already swollen rivers and streams. More >>

Watch out for soils in winter

Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 11:04 am | Waikato Regional Council

The winter months are when farm soils can come under particular pressure from things like pugging and compaction. So farmers are advised pay particular attention at this time of year to ensuring, as much as possible, their soils remain healthy, as this ... More >>

‘Lax’ farmer fined $52,500

Thursday, 5 June 2014, 10:56 am | Waikato Regional Council

A Coromandel dairy farmer has been fined $52,500 for illegally discharging effluent into the environment over a three year period. It followed his second conviction for such offending. The latest case, brought by Waikato Regional Council, concerned ... More >>

Partnership in action at Fieldays

Wednesday, 4 June 2014, 3:14 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Finding new and creative ways to keep Waikato’s environment healthy whilst growing the region’s competitive edge is the focus of the regional council’s stand at this year’s Fieldays at Mystery Creek. “We urge people to take ownership of the ... More >>

Lake Waikare “culprit” identified

Wednesday, 4 June 2014, 11:34 am | Waikato Regional Council

New analysis has identified the algae causing red blooms in north Waikato’s Lake Waikare this year and it’s believed to probably be non toxic. The analysis indicates a major increase in a naturally occurring algae known as Monoraphidium in the lake ... More >>

Council responds to effluent concerns in South Waikato

Friday, 30 May 2014, 2:07 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Effluent spread on pasture in South Waikato appeared so thickly, and in such volumes, that passing motorists stopped to take photographs of it, says Waikato Regional Council. More >>

Teaming up for Halo

Friday, 30 May 2014, 12:41 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council has today welcomed Hamilton City Council as a partner in the popular Hamilton Halo project, which has been carrying out pest control to increase the number of tui and other native birds visiting and living in the city. More >>

Drought’s effects still lingering

Friday, 30 May 2014, 9:49 am | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato drystock farmers continue to face some significant challenges in the wake of the drought over summer and shouldn’t hesitate to ask for help if needed, a multi-agency group monitoring the situation heard yesterday. A teleconference involving ... More >>

Regional council supports spatial plan development

Friday, 2 May 2014, 2:28 pm | Waikato Regional Council

The regional council has confirmed its support for the development of a draft spatial plan for the Waikato at a meeting this week. More >>

Dam consenting role affirmed

Monday, 28 April 2014, 3:31 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council’s important role as a consenting authority for large dams in the North Island has been reaffirmed by accreditation body IANZ. It follows a scheduled, two-yearly audit of the council’s role as a building consent authority ... More >>

Rain sparks recovery but things remain fragile

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:57 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Recent rain in Waikato and South Auckland has set farmers on the road to recovery from the drought but the situation remains fragile for some, a meeting today of farming leaders and central and local Government officials has heard. More >>

Council helping with big post-storm clean-up near Te Aroha

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:45 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council staff and contractors are expected to spend several weeks helping landowners near Te Aroha deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Ita, which hit the Coromandel and surrounding areas just before Easter. More >>

Proactive response to Taupo erosion

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 3:15 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council will be actively encouraging land owners to take an even more proactive response to managing erosion issues around Taupo. The integrated catchment management committee yesterday endorsed recommendations that will see the council ... More >>

Leading edge procurement policies praised

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:43 am | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council’s sustainable procurement stance has been praised as leading edge, ground breaking and a first for New Zealand at an event attended by more than 160 current and potential suppliers. Purchasing sustainably means choosing suppliers ... More >>



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