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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 >>

Spaces Filling Fast For Forestry On Farm Workshop

Monday, 25 January 2021, 4:24 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Spaces are filling fast for a workshop being held in Te Kūiti next month [February] on integrating trees and forests into the farm business. The first of the two workshops was held in Karāpiro last November, with some farmers missing out because all spaces ... More >>

Council Urges Farmers To Be Vigilant

Monday, 18 January 2021, 12:28 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Seven separate court cases against Waikato farmers and businesses have found that they each unlawfully discharged farm effluent into the environment. The cases have been sentenced over the last three months, with the final case being made public ... More >>

Court Order And Large Fine For Bad Odour

Tuesday, 22 December 2020, 1:11 pm | Waikato Regional Council

A Waikato rendering plant has been convicted and fined $180,000 for causing objectionable odour over a period of months, significantly impacting on the local community, and unlawfully discharging waste product into the Waikato River. Tuakau Proteins Ltd ... More >>

Even Bigger Crowds Expected On Waikato Waterways This Summer

Friday, 18 December 2020, 3:32 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Boaties are being urged to make sure they are up-to-speed with the water rules this summer as an unprecedented number of Kiwis opt to holiday at home. Waikato Regional Council maritime officers are expecting the region’s waterways to be busy this ... More >>

Regional Council Concludes Inquiry Into Pest Control Op

Friday, 18 December 2020, 10:28 am | Waikato Regional Council

A Waikato Regional Council inquiry has been carried out into a recent aerial pest control operation over forestry in south Waikato following suggestions a bulldozer may have been working within the operational area. The aerial 1080 wallaby operation ... More >>

Council Reduces Its Emissions By 35 Per Cent In Three Years

Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 8:56 am | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council has reduced its gross emissions by 35 per cent since it started its Emissions Management and Reduction Plan in 2016/17 and is on track to meet a target of 70 per cent CO2e reductions compared to the base year by 2030. In ... More >>

Summer Algae And Bacteria Monitoring Starts

Monday, 14 December 2020, 8:22 am | Waikato Regional Council

A Waikato Regional Council environmental monitoring officer collecting samples from one of the sites monitored for contaminants and toxic algae. Warmer temperatures signal the start of Waikato Regional Council’s summer monitoring programme at some ... More >>