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Council proposes fairer rate

Environment Waikato is proposing to introduce a uniform annual general charge (UAGC) to provide a fairer rating system for the Region.

Urban residents to contribute to pest control costs

Urban residents and lifestyle block owners would pay a fairer share of controlling plant and animal pests in the Region under a new targeted rate proposed in Environment Waikato’s Long-Term Council Community Plan.

More environmental work planned for region

A fairer rating system, and new proposed targeted rates for heritage protection, protecting Lake Taupo, improving river management in the Coromandel and pest management are included in Environment Waikato’s, about to open for submissions.

Festival off to flying start

The Waikato’s Festival of the Environment got off to a flying start over the weekend with a two-day E-scape – an environmental adventure through the Region.

Ratepayers, taxpayers fund Lake Taupo protection

Ratepayers in Taupo District and the Waikato Region have been told of proposals to help pay the $81.5 million needed over the next 15 years to protect Lake Taupo from the effects of nitrogen runoff.

Residents concerned about Lake Taupo health

Waikato Region residents know that Lake Taupo’s health is declining and support approaches to protect it – but they’re concerned about the effect of proposed actions and their costs.

Chemical sniffer dog earns Council reward

A specially trained Australian dog is to cross the Tasman to sniff out contaminated sites in the Waikato, thanks to a grant from Environment Waikato.

Environment Waikato must act on dump

The public must have confidence that Environment Waikato will take action when an organisation fails to keep its promises in protecting the environment, the Council’s Chief Executive said today.

Hampton Downs landfill developing well

The new landfill at Hampton Downs is developing well and in compliance with its resource consents, this week’s Environment Waikato Regulatory Committee meeting heard.

Balance needed in mangrove debate

A balance between ecological values and the use of harbours needs to be struck in deciding on the future of mangroves in Waikato estuaries, according to Environment Waikato Councillor Evan Penny.

Environment Waikato to prosecute over Horotiu Landfill

Environment Waikato’s Regulatory Committee has recommended prosecuting Hamilton City Council and Perry Environmental over alleged breaches of resource consents at the Horotiu Landfill, subject to legal advice.

Environmental tarpaulins on show

Tarpaulins painted with environmental messages about clean air will decorate a Tokoroa reserve on Saturday as teams from Environment Waikato’s Great E-scape challenge arrive in town.

Geothermal hearing to be adjourned

The hearing of consent applications for Contact Energy’s Wairakei geothermal field is to be adjourned at the end of March to give Taupo District Council time to assess information about materials drilled in one of Taupo’s subsidence areas.