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Value for money focus of 2013/14 budget talks

The 2013/14 draft budget signed off by Waikato Regional Council today signals a drop in the ‘all-property’ rates and a rise in targeted rates amounting to an average 2.9 per cent increase to existing ratepayers.

Highly successful possum control at Te Kopia

A possum control operation to help protect rare and threatened plants and birds in the Paeroa Ranges and surrounding farmland near Reporoa has achieved excellent results so far.

Big turnout at Pauanui bar crossing day

More than 50 people have attended the latest bar crossing day at Pauanui, run by the Tairua-Pauanui Coastguard unit with support from Waikato Regional Council.

Tyre win timely for Hamilton rider

A Hamilton motorbike rider is the winner of new Michelin tyres in a Waikato Regional Road Safety Education Group promotion to improve motorcycle safety on the region’s roads.

Million tyres dumper does a runner

Up to a million tyres have been buried or otherwise disposed of at a rural Huntly property and the man responsible is nowhere to be found.

Boat sinks, lifejackets save lives at Karapiro

The lives of two people on board a boat which flipped and then sank on Lake Karapiro last night were saved because they were wearing lifejackets, says Waikato Regional Council.