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Boat naming reminder

Boat owners are reminded that their vessels need to display a name. The boat naming rule came in to force in July 2010.

Recent rain welcome but drought far from over

Recent rain in the Waikato has been an “early Christmas present” for farmers but the region-wide drought was far from over, a meeting of the multi-agency regional drought committee heard today.

Lace bugs added to Waikato pest plant armoury

Environment Waikato is adding the South American lace bug to its armoury of pest plant control methods as it seeks to eliminate woolly nightshade in the region.

EW pays tribute to Sir Ross Jansen

Environment Waikato chairman Peter Buckley has paid tribute to the late Sir Ross Jansen, the regional council’s first chairman from 1989 to 1991.

Water rules aimed at ensuring fairness

As pressure on livestock farms, crops and orchards mounts due to the drought conditions in the region, Environment Waikato is reminding water users about the rules governing takes from waterways and groundwater.

Rail service hurdles being worked through

Significant infrastructure issues remain to be overcome before a Hamilton-Auckland passenger rail service can become a reality, says the chair of a multi-agency working group looking at the issue.

Consents approved for Ngaruawahia section of Expressway

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) consent applications related to the building of the Ngaruawahia section of the Waikato Expressway have been granted in a decision by independent hearing commissioners appointed by Environment Waikato and Waikato District Council.

Tui take to the Tron

In a further sign that the Hamilton Halo project is proving successful, tui fledglings have reportedly been sighted in two Hamilton locations in recent weeks.

$50,000 to coastguard and surf life savers

Coastguard and surf life saving groups are to receive $50,000 this financial year from Environment Waikato for the assistance they provide to the council’s various water safety functions.

Waikato seeks fresh drought declaration

The Government is being asked to make a fresh drought declaration covering the Waikato and nearby areas following the very dry conditions affecting farmers in the region.

Caution urged as Waikato road toll grows

Police and the Regional Transport Committee are urging motorists in the region to take extra special care as the Waikato’s road toll is already close to last year’s with still just under a month to go before the end of 2010.

Joint committee moving forward on civil defence

The political leadership of Civil Defence in the Waikato has approved a new budget proposal for 2011-12 that will help the region be better prepared for handling emergencies.

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