Waikato Regional Council - Latest News [Page 2]

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 >>

‘Plus One’ Free Bus Travel A Life Changer For Disability Community

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 3:25 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Free bus travel for carers of accessbility concession holders will be a life changer, says Waikato Regional Council. Councillors recently backed a regional connections committee recommendation to give eligible people an accessibility concession ‘plus ... More >>

Swift Action Put Regional Council In Strong Position Despite COVID-19 Impact

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 12:58 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council is closing out 2020 in a positive place financially despite the impact of COVID-19 and its decision to lock in a net zero per cent rates increase for residents. The council today signed off its 2019/20 annual report, which showed ... More >>

Waikato Region LiDAR Aerial Survey Begins

Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 9:28 am | Waikato Regional Council

An exciting regional collaboration between 10 Waikato councils and non-council stakeholders is about to take off. The latest LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology is being used to collect earth surface data to create highly detailed 3D maps and models ... More >>

Search Warrant Executed At Pukemiro Landfill Site

Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 8:55 am | Waikato Regional Council

A search warrant led by Waikato Regional Council is being executed at a construction and demolition landfill site at Pukemiro, south-west of Huntly, this morning. Any information gathered will form part of an ongoing investigation by the council into ... More >>

Expressway Project Results In Prosecution

Friday, 27 November 2020, 1:56 pm | Waikato Regional Council

A Waikato infrastructure construction company has been convicted and fined $32,500 for discharging a large volume of sediment to the Waikato River during the construction of the Waikato Expressway in January 2019. Hick Bros Infrastructure Ltd is part of ... More >>

Harvey Brookes New Lead Of Waikato Wellbeing Project

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 1:07 pm | Waikato Regional Council

An expert in economic development, strategy and stakeholder relationships will help the Waikato work towards targets for a greener, healthier region with higher living standards for all. WEL Energy Trust and Waikato Regional Council today announced ... More >>

Healthy Rivers Appeals Advisory Committee Formed

Monday, 23 November 2020, 9:33 am | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato regional councillors have voted unanimously to establish a committee to oversee the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora appeals process. The four-member advisory committee will also provide guidance to staff in regard to negotiated or mediated settlements. ... More >>