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Follow the 5 knot rule

Boaties and jetskiers are reminded to follow the five knot rule when they are out enjoying the Waikato region’s waterways.

New Coromandel buses start on Boxing Day

Environment Waikato and the local council are introducing a new holiday season Coromandel bus service connecting Hot Water Beach, Hahei Beach, Cooks Beach and Ferry Landing.

Update on lifejackets and other changes to bylaw

Environment Waikato is clarifying that proposed new rules covering the wearing of lifejackets in vessels less than six metres do not make wearing them compulsory in all circumstances.

Keep vehicles out of sand dunes

Environment Waikato is reminding motorcyclists and drivers of four-wheel drive vehicles to keep out of sand dunes on the region’s West Coast beaches for human safety and environmental reasons.

Lifejackets and other changes to bylaw

A change to Environment Waikato’s Navigation Safety Bylaw will make it compulsory for boat users to wear lifejackets at all times from July 1 2009.

New policy takes firmer action on privet

The pest plant privet – which has been linked to respiratory problems – is set to be more targeted by Environment Waikato after an updated regional pest management strategy (RPMS) was formally signed off by council today.

Christmas buses set to roll

A new Christmas Day bus service is ready to roll for the first time in Hamilton this year.

Fish farming plan change underway

After nearly two years of information gathering, Environment Waikato has decided to prepare an amendment to the Regional Coastal Plan that would allow new types of marine farming, including fish farming, within current aquaculture management areas.

Be considerate with fires this summer

Environment Waikato is urging people to be considerate when lighting outdoor fires this summer as smoke can quickly become a major nuisance, especially when people are outdoors enjoying the good weather.

Workshops help to spread Smart Water Use messages

More than 40 people from Hamilton, Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Taupo and Thames-Coromandel took part in training sessions for landscapers, garden centre staff and council employees on November 27, ahead of the Smart Water Use campaign launch.