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Council confirms CEO pay

Waikato Regional Council today approved a 1.8 per centpay rise for chief executive Bob Laing after confirmation that he had met all performance objectives for the year ending 30 June 2012. The increase takes the chief executive’s annual remuneration to $313,768.

Multi-agency drought committee formed in Waikato

A Waikato Regional Drought Committee has been formed to help manage the response to dry weather conditions in the region which have been causing significant problems for farmers and led to water restrictions.

Community working hard for the environment

Waikato Regional Council says significant growth in the numbers of community groups and schools becoming involved in environmental protection is a very healthy sign.

Further steps towards major savings for regional ratepayers

Media release from Waikato Mayoral Forum
A work programme designed to generate multi-million dollar savings for regional ratepayers is being forwarded by the Waikato Mayoral Forum to the region’s local and regional councils for consideration.

Rain helps but not enough

Field monitoring has confirmed rain earlier this week has had a positive impact of river and stream levels in the Waikato region but by nowhere near enough to ease concerns about further potential water take restrictions in the near future.

Judge slams Coromandel forestry offending

A Rotorua forestry company and a Coromandel forestry contractor have been fined more than $50,000 in total for carrying out forest harvesting unlawfully at a remote Coromandel farm.

Cows’ udders dragging in effluent

A Morrinsville farmer has been fined more than $33,000 for illegally discharging dairy effluent into the environment. The volume of effluent was such that cows udders were dragging in it.

Waterways hit minimum flow levels

Waterways in some parts of the Waikato have now dropped to flows which trigger restrictions on water takes, and the threat of this happening in other parts of the region is increasing.

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