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Ceremonial Tree Planting Launches $16m Restoration Package For Lower Waikato Catchment

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 4:01 pm | Waikato Regional Council

The launch of a $16 million restoration works programme yesterday at Taniwha Marae was “collaboration at its finest”. Representatives from the Government (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry for the Environment, Ministry for ... More >>

New Zealand-first Transfer Of Monitoring Functions Wins National Award

Friday, 7 May 2021, 3:44 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council has won a prestigious national award for its transfer of specific water quality monitoring functions to the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board The award winners were announced at a gala dinner of Taituarā, a national organisation ... More >>

Truck Wash Company And Farmer Fined For Pollution

Friday, 30 April 2021, 10:40 am | Waikato Regional Council

A Matamata truck wash business and a Hauraki farmer have both been convicted and fined over separate pollution events resulting from poor management of effluent infrastructure. Paddy Smith Limited was fined $60,000 by Judge Jeff Smith in the Tauranga District ... More >>

Council Disappointed With Effluent Failures Over Three Farms

Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 9:21 am | Waikato Regional Council

A Taupō based farming company, a company director and an effluent spreading company have been convicted and fined a total of $194,250 for unlawfully discharging animal effluent into the environment from three large dairy farming operations. The sentence ... More >>

Wahine Regional Councillors Mentor Two Waikato Rangatahi

Friday, 23 April 2021, 9:32 am | Waikato Regional Council

Two rangatahi (young people) have been chosen to be mentored by wahine Waikato regional councillors as part of the national Tuia leadership programme. Hiko Sam-Turner and Ana Kirk will be mentored by councillors Tipa Mahuta and Jennifer Nickel. Mr Sam-Turner, ... More >>

Council Kicks Off Topic-based Approach To Consultation

Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 9:43 am | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council is making it even easier for the public to feed back on the issues that matter to them with a new topic-based approach to public consultation. This Thursday (1 April) the council opens for consultation on its long term plan, ... More >>

Allocation Pressures On Waikato River Ease

Monday, 15 March 2021, 2:51 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Recent amendments to and withdrawals of applications to take water from the Waikato River catchment have eased allocation pressure on the waterway, said Waikato Regional Council in an announcement today. This effectively removes the so-called Waikato ... More >>

Almost Complete Decarbonisation Of Road Transport By 2030 Least Difficult Path To Meeting Climate Change Targets

Friday, 26 February 2021, 9:34 am | Waikato Regional Council

Transport is the one sector that provides best bang for buck when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to Dr Paul Winton of the 1point5 Project. Dr Winton presented a compelling story to Waikato Regional Council and stakeholders ... More >>

Public Opinion To Be Sought On Pest Management Rulebook And Biosecurity Strategic Plan

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 4:04 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Consultation on Waikato Regional Council’s proposed rulebook for pest management and the supporting Biosecurity Strategic Plan will be held in April. After robust discussion about various pests in the region, the council today approved the proposed ... More >>

Plan Proposes $8 Billion Investment In Waikato Transport System

Monday, 15 February 2021, 1:51 pm | Waikato Regional Council

A plan that proposes an $8 billion investment in the Waikato region’s land transport system has today been signed off for public consultation. Developed by the Regional Transport Committee, the plan sets out how the region’s land transport system will ... More >>

Decisions Made Following Code Of Conduct Investigation

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 1:28 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato regional councillors have today voted to suspend elected member Fred Lichtwark from all committees, subcommittees and other representative roles over angry and abusive behaviour. The suspension will remain in place until 31 August 2021, at which ... More >>

Te Huia Launch Date Confirmed

Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 12:23 pm | Waikato Regional Council

The launch date for Te Huia – the new passenger rail service between Waikato and Auckland – has been confirmed as Tuesday, 6 April 2021. From day one there will be two return services on weekdays to get commuters to Papakura in time for the start ... More >>

Consultation Opens On Bus And Train Fares

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 12:15 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council is proposing its most significant change to bus fares in more than five years, with public consultation closing at the end of February. Interim bus fares were introduced when the Bee Card was rolled out in the Waikato in July ... More >>

Update #2: Diesel Contained At Site Of Sunken Vessel

Friday, 5 February 2021, 9:37 am | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council’s oil spill responders have been at the scene of a sunken vessel on the Coromandel Peninsula since first light this morning. Regional On Scene Commander Richard Barnett said staff have been using sorbent material to soak up ... More >>

Update: Diesel Contained At Site Of Sunken Vessel

Friday, 5 February 2021, 6:26 am | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council staff have set up booms around the site of a sunken vessel on the Coromandel Peninsula to prevent any further spread of diesel. It’s understood 2000 litres of diesel was on board the 47-foot fibreglass launch that caught fire ... More >>

Staff Deployed To Contain Leak Following Vessel Sinking

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 6:24 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council staff have been deployed to a bay on the Coromandel Peninsula after a slick was found following an overnight boat fire. It’s understood 2000 litres of diesel was on board the 47-foot fibreglass launch that caught fire and ... More >>

Savvy Budget Decisions To Make Most Difference For Waikato

Friday, 29 January 2021, 5:35 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Helping Waikato people retrofit their homes so they’re healthy is the only new programme of work Waikato Regional Council will seek public feedback on. The 10-year budget – approved yesterday [28 January] after three days of talks – otherwise ... More >>

Striking The Environmental Balance

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 3:58 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Compliance, monitoring and enforcement data just released by Waikato Regional Council for 2019/20 show that 21 environmental prosecutions were completed over 12 months, with 42 convictions against 23 polluters. A total of $1.189 million in fines was ... More >>

Council Targets Abandoned Pet Turtles In Cooks Beach Ponds

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 12:38 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Turtles residing in ponds at Cooks Beach will soon have their own basking platform designed to trap them. Waikato Regional Council is asking visitors and residents to please stay clear of the floating trap which is made from downpipes around a basket ... More >>

Boaties Urged To Up Their Safety Game – There Are No Excuses

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 11:46 am | Waikato Regional Council

Boaties are being urged by Waikato Regional Council to up their safety game when on the water ahead of two consecutive long holiday weekends. It follows concern that almost 10 per cent of the 730 recreational skippers surveyed in the Waikato so far ... More >>