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Council to seek costs on Piako appeal

Environment Waikato’s Corporate Services Committee has recommended to Council that it seek costs from the group of upper catchment farmers who lost a judicial review of the Council’s Piako River rating decision.

Flood scheme underway

Environment Waikato has begun building flood protection works along the west bank of the Waikato River between Mercer and Meremere to protect about 356 hectares of low lying land from flooding and improve drainage.

Farmers appeal High Court rate ruling

A group of upper catchment farmers have appealed a High Court ruling that a rate imposed by Environment Waikato to fund the Piako River Scheme was legal.

Watershed debate on catchment work needed

Existing assets should be maintained but the jury is still out on the need for more catchment services under Environment Waikato’s Project Watershed, for the section of the Waikato River between Whakamaru and Ngaruawahia.

Possum control for Hakarimata Range

A small but positive group of 16 interested people attended a meeting in Huntly last night to discuss proposed possum control for the Hakarimata Range.

Workshops for advice on trees

South Waikato farmers keen to plant more trees on their farms can share their experiences with other farmers week at a workshop next week.

Submissions support riparian protection plan

Submissions to Environment Waikato’s draft Annual and Strategic Plan have expressed strong support for a proposal to fence and plant river and stream banks to improve water quality.

Settlement for tender dispute

Environment Waikato is to pay $170,000 in damages to Hamilton City Buses to settle a contractual dispute.

Labour MP calls for closer relationship

Labour MP Martin Gallagher has called for a closer relationship between national and local government to achieve environmental outcomes in his submission to Environment Waikato’s draft Annual and Strategic Plan yesterday.

Council approves chicken farm at Puni

Environment Waikato and Franklin District Council have granted resource consents for a large broiler chicken farming operation on a rural property at Puni, south east of Pukekohe.

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