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Waikato Gets $5.5 Million In Funding For Quick-start Projects To Improve Fresh Water

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 6:53 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council has secured $5.535 million in Government funding for quick-start restoration projects. Waikato Regional Council has bid for more than $160 million of funding in response to the Government’s call for shovel ready projects to help ... More >>

Urgent Water Summit Called By Waikato Regional Council

Sunday, 28 June 2020, 12:21 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council’s chair has called for an urgent summit to find pragmatic place-based solutions to Auckland’s water crisis, while also protecting the Waikato River. The water summit is set down for Wednesday afternoon in Hamilton, with leaders ... More >>

Climate Change To Be Included In All Council Decision Making

Friday, 26 June 2020, 3:21 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council is future-proofing all its programmes, actions and activities by incorporating climate change considerations into decision making. Councillors yesterday unanimously agreed that an assessment of climate change implications would ... More >>

Waikato Regional Council To Appeal “Minor Technical Matters” In Plan Change

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 4:18 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council will be asking the Environment Court to resolve technical implementation issues in the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora plan change. The decision to appeal the plan change was supported by councillors in a 9-3 vote during today’s ... More >>

Council Backs Navigation Safety Bylaw Changes For Consultation

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 2:26 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato regional councillors have today backed a recommendation to consult with the public on proposed changes to the Navigation Safety Bylaw. The council’s strategy and policy committee last week heard that the bylaw has rules to make all navigable ... More >>

Waikato Regional Council Opposed To Queue Jumping

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 4:38 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council will this afternoon tell the Environment Select Committee it does not support a bid by Auckland Council to jump the queue for more water from Waikato River catchments. Chair Russ Rimmington said there had been no mention by ... More >>

Rates Relief Package For Waikato Regional Council Ratepayers

Monday, 22 June 2020, 9:19 am | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council ratepayers struggling to pay their rates on time will get relief from a range of measures backed by councillors last week. A rates relief package totalling $400,000 had been approved through the 2020/21 annual plan budget in May, ... More >>

Court Order To Improve Effluent System

Friday, 19 June 2020, 10:09 am | Waikato Regional Council

A fine of $31,875 was imposed on Waikato dairy farmer Roger Prout in the Hamilton District Court this week, resulting from unlawful discharges of animal effluent on his Orini property in September 2018. Judge Melanie Dickey also issued an Enforcement ... More >>

Air Quality Returning To Normal After Lockdown Improvements

Friday, 12 June 2020, 12:05 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Air quality improvements experienced during the COVID-19 lockdown have gone, with the most recent Waikato Regional Council monitoring results showing a return to normal concentrations. For Waikato Regional Council chair Russ Rimmington, the lockdown ... More >>

No Increase In Grazing Licence Fees Helps Ease Drought Burden

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 12:26 pm | Waikato Regional Council

There will be no increases in licence fees for grazing on Waikato Regional Council stopbank and spillway land in the Waihou-Paiko Zone this year. The River and Catchment Management Committee this week approved a staff recommendation to hold the current ... More >>

Spike In Illegal Earthworks Calls For Greater Care

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 5:23 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Illegal earthworks destroying what was previously a freshwater tributary. Waikato Regional Council is being inundated with calls from across the region reporting illegal earthworks, many of them directly impacting on streams and rivers. With 47 individual ... More >>

New Zealand-first Proposal To Transfer Functions To Iwi Authority

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 4:37 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board could become the first iwi authority in Aotearoa New Zealand to have functions transferred to them by a council under a new proposal just announced. Waikato Regional Council is proposing to transfer summer bathing ... More >>

Salvage Operation Underway On Whangamatā Harbour

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 11:47 am | Waikato Regional Council

An operation to salvage a stricken commercial vessel on Whangamatā Harbour is underway this morning. Waikato Regional Council received reports about 8am yesterday (Monday, 1 June) of a commercial long liner with approximately 500 litres of diesel on board ... More >>

Council Responding To Two Stricken Vessels – Coromandel Peninsula

Monday, 1 June 2020, 4:31 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council is responding to two separate incidents involving stricken vessels on the Coromandel Peninsula, with one leaking diesel fuel. The regional council received reports about 8am of a commercial long liner taking on water in the Whangamatā ... More >>

Pragmatic Changes To Freshwater Package Welcomed

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 6:02 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council has welcomed pragmatic changes to freshwater regulations announced today, but warns implementation could be unaffordable for some communities as a deep recession looms. The Action for healthy waterways regulations were released ... More >>

Community Voice For Flood Protection Formalised

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 5:17 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato regional councillors have today voted to formalise a community advisory voice by setting up subcommittees in areas paying the most for flood protection and drainage assets. Two advisory subcommittees will meet on matters relevant to the ... More >>

Big Improvements To Waikato’s BUSIT Services Coming

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 4:41 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council is set to rollout the biggest changes to its bus network for several years, with significant timetable and route improvements and a new ticketing system. The rollout of the new ticketing system in the next two months was endorsed ... More >>

You’d Be Quack-ers Not To Clean Equipment Between Waterways

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 9:13 am | Waikato Regional Council

Hunters and duck shooters are being urged to clean their equipment between waterways to avoid the spread of unwanted freshwater pests. The plea from Waikato Regional Council’s biosecurity team comes ahead of the 2020 game bird season opening this ... More >>

Council Budget Confirms Net Zero Rates Increase

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 6:08 am | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council is taking unprecedented steps to provide short-term financial support to ratepayers this year by effectively reducing net rates rises to zero. The council today approved a budget of $101.94 million and a decrease in rates revenue ... More >>

Drought Still Biting Parts Of The Waikato

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 4:39 pm | Waikato Regional Council

The Waikato region has had a series of good rainfall events over the past month, but most of these events largely missed Hauraki, Coromandel and South Auckland. Pasture covers are very low for many farmers in these districts which presents a serious ... More >>