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Major milestone reached on Waikato and Waipa rivers restoration

From Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora
A major milestone has been reached on the journey to restore and protect the Waikato and Waipa rivers with the development of a broad policy mix framework for improving the health and well-being of the waterways over the next 80 years.

New velvetleaf outbreaks cause for concern in Waikato

Waikato Regional Council says it’s working closely with the Ministry of Primary Industries on the containment and eradication of two new outbreaks of the pest plant velvetleaf in the region.

Fresh warning after heavy Coromandel rain

Issued at 10.50am
Waikato Regional Council staff have been out and about checking what impact the torrential rain has had overnight and this morning on the Coromandel.

Fines for forestry failures

Two related Waikato companies have been fined a total of $64,525 following a poorly executed forestry harvesting operation near the Waitomo Caves.

Waikato regional road toll remains “way too high”

The Waikato regional road toll remains “way too high” this year, with the region continuing to have the highest number of people dying on our roads nationally following an “awful” 2015, says regional transport committee chair Hugh Vercoe.

Online coastal inundation mapping tool launched

Waikato Regional Council has today officially launched a ground-breaking online tool to help people manage the potential impacts of projected sea level rise scenarios on Waikato’s coastal properties.

Training exercise nets plenty of ‘swag’

Nine full car bodies and assorted vehicle bits, as well as a small boat, have been hauled from the Waikato River around Hamilton this week as part of a national police dive squad training exercise.

Summer threat of yellow bristle grass spread

Farmers and others are being reminded that this time of year is a peak one for the spread between properties of the damaging pest plant yellow bristle grass.