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Tsunami strategy open days for Whitianga

The Whitianga community is being invited along to two Queen’s Birthday weekend open days to discuss the town’s preparedness for and response to tsunamis.

Oil spill exercise at Whangamata

An all day oil spill exercise is due to be carried out at Whangamata Harbour on Tuesday 24 May by Waikato Regional Council, Whangamata Marina staff and other associated agencies.

Headlights on for winter

Motorists are being urged to drive with their headlights on at all times over winter to help reduce the risk of crashes. The “headlights on” winter safety message will be seen on highway billboards, heard on radios and read in newspapers across the Waikato region as the regional road safety campaign “Reduce the Risk” enters its winter phase in May.

Waikato Regional Council welcomes water policy

The Government’s new national water policy statement reinforces work already underway in the Waikato to improve water quality in the region’s rivers, lakes and streams, says Waikato Regional Council chairman Peter Buckley.

Court upholds council pest rules

A court ruling has confirmed the powers and actions of Waikato Regional Council to undertake pest plant control and bill property owners if they fail to carry out such work to the required standard of the regional pest management strategy.

Tongariro River consents granted

An independent hearings committee has granted Waikato Regional Council’s river and catchment services group permission to extract up to 150,000 cubic metres per year of river bed material, including debris, from the Tongariro River for flood management and erosion control purposes.

Silver Fern now ‘preferred option’

A Silver Fern railcar service from Hamilton to Auckland’s inner city Strand station (the old main station) is now the preferred option for getting Hamilton-Auckland commuter rail up and running.

Local reps appointed for catchment management

Waikato Regional Council has announced the names of the successful appointees to be the 2011-14 landowner and community representatives on catchment liaison sub-committees.

Beetle tackling weed in Te Pahu

A South American beetle with exclusive tastes has been released for the first time in the Waikato region as a biological control agent for the pest plant Tradescantia fluminensis (commonly known as wandering jew or wandering willy).

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