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Spare a thought for our rivers this Sunday

Waikato people are being encouraged to celebrate our region’s rivers this weekend and consider what they can do to improve water quality as part of World Rivers Day.

Tight focus on efficiency to continue

Waikato Regional Council is to keep a very tight focus on greater efficiency and effectiveness following a year in which it achieved just under 90 per cent of performance targets and cost savings delivered a total surplus of $2.7 million.

Karakia for Lake Waikare

A karakia has been performed by tangata whenua and local kaumaatua to acknowledge the significance of Lake Waikare and the nearby Whangamarino wetland to Waikato-Tainui and local hapuu.

Bus, walk, cycle or carpool next week

Waikato people are being encouraged to jump on a bus, enjoy a cycle or walk to work, or car pool as a way to celebrate World Car Free Day next week.

Grant for leading edge school project

Rhode Street School in Dinsdale has been granted $11,000 by Waikato Regional Council to help complete its leading edge ecological island project.

Committee agrees to cut moorings red tape

Cutting proposed red tape around new resource consents for vessel moorings has been agreed to by Waikato Regional Council’s strategy and policy committee today.

Farmers can expect higher fines for pollution

A district court judge is warning that farmers polluting waterways can expect higher fines in future to provide greater deterrence as cases “continue to come before the courts”.

Wild ginger – look out!

An all-out assault on wild ginger in Tairua kicked off this month and property owners are invited to muscle in.

Dairy company fined over odour

Dairy supply company Open Country Dairy Limited has been convicted and fined more than $35,000 for discharging objectionable odour from its Waharoa factory at the time of last year’s ”spring flush” when milk supply was high.

Rural and urban sectors engaged in rivers process

Sheep and beef farmers and Hamilton city’s water and wastewater treatment plants have both been involved recently with the Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai process aimed at protecting the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

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