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Veteran pest plant contractors farewelled

Veteran Environment Waikato pest plant contractors Colleen and Jeff Jeffery were farewelled at a ceremony at the council meeting in Hamilton on Thursday 26 June.

New rules to protect Lake Taupo for all New Zealanders

Environment Waikato is concerned national farming lobby Federated Farmers is fuelling uncertainty about the future of farming in the Taupo area by misrepresenting regional council plans for protecting Lake Taupo.

Proposed revenue increase held to 5.5 per cent for 2008-09

Environment Waikato has held its proposed increase in total rate revenue to just 5.5 per cent for 2008-09, with planned rate increases for a $350,000 house in the majority of local authority areas being just one to two per cent.

Enviroschools programme a national success story

From humble beginnings as a three-school pilot trial launched in Hamilton in 1993, the Enviroschools programme has become a national success story, with more than 550 schools now involved.

Odour and nitrogen conditions imposed on Open Country Cheese

Dairy processor Open Country Cheese (OCC) is being allowed to spread more wastewater irrigation on to farmland near its Waharoa plant, provided it complies with conditions aimed at managing potential odour problems and minimising extra nitrogen leaching.