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Judge sends clear message to farming industry

A Tirau farmer and an earthworks contractor have been fined a total of more than $60,000 over the cutting of a large farm track which threatened to discharge large amounts of sediment into a recognised trout stream.

Scientist praises EW’s biodiversity work

Respected New Zealand scientist Alan Saunders has praised Environment Waikato’s strategic approach to regional pest control work, which helps support the local economy and protect native animal and bird life.

More than $13,000 in fines in sediment case

Two road building companies have been fined a combined total of more than $13,000 for failing to prevent significant amounts of sediment flowing into waterways during the construction of a passing lane near Te Kuiti last year.

Plan change to future proof the Waikato

Environment Waikato is to start preparing a change to the Regional Policy Statement (RPS) that will provide specific guidance on land use patterns and the limits of urban growth around Hamilton.

EW keeps working with KiwiRail over weeds

Environment Waikato’s regional pest management committee has voted for a more detailed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with rail network operator KiwiRail Network on how pest plants are managed on the rail corridor.

Getting on top of woolly nightshade in southern Franklin

Environment Waikato is warning southern Franklin land owners that they risk fines of up to $1000 if they fail to control woolly nightshade on their properties and also face being charged the cost of destroying the pest plants

All aboard for changes to the Orbiter service

Brand new buses, new features and expanded routes to northern suburbs are all part of the latest Orbiter bus changes coming into effect in Hamilton from Saturday 18 July.

EW and TCDC to seek more info after ferry developments

Environment Waikato and Thames-Coromandel District Council are to seek more information from ferry company Fullers over its intentions regarding 360 Discovery, the company which operates a ferry service between Coromandel and Auckland.

$15,000 fine for vegetation clearance near key wetland

Unlawfully clearing about 30 hectares of vegetation, including rare and threatened plants, near an internationally significant wetland has resulted in a $15,000 fine for a Hauraki Plains farm manager.

Raglan bush block purchase protects native forest

Environment Waikato will work with private landowners, the Department of Conservation and a non-profit conservation group to protect native bush between Hamilton and Raglan that could be developed into a park for trampers and mountain bikers.