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Council concern at forest conversion plans

Converting forest to pasture within the Waikato Catchment would increase nutrient loads in the area’s waterways and groundwater, as well as affecting flood levels, soil contamination, greenhouse gases, biodiversity and the landscape, this week’s Environment Waikato Policy and Strategy Committee meeting heard.

Waste Advisory helps business cut waste

Free waste and cleaner production audits by a new Waste Advisory Service are helping Waikato businesses save money, this month’s Environment Waikato Environment Committee meeting heard.

Waikato Region ‘Getting By’

The Waikato Region is ‘getting by’, and areas such as Gisborne and Northland, are in a much worse state than south Auckland, Environment Waikato’s Environment Committee meeting heard this month.

Tsunami threat greater than expected

The threat of tsunami in the eastern Coromandel and Bay of Plenty is much higher than previously thought, a study has found.

Councils grant sand quarry consent

Environment Waikato and Waikato District Council have granted resource consents for a sand quarry development at Horotiu to extract, process and sell sand and aggregate products.

Students Chosen for National Youth Environment Forum

Environment Waikato has chosen three representatives from the Waikato to attend the second National Youth Environment Forum.
They are Holly Dove of Waihi College (who also attended last year), Matthew Smart of St Peter’s School, Cambridge and Eilidh Bocker of Taupo -Nui-a-Tia College.

No deal for Tui Mine

Environment Waikato and the Ministry for the Environment are not meeting next week to sign a deal with a private company to clean up the abandoned Tui Mine site near Te Aroha.

Birthday bash for Weedbusters

New Zealand’s Weedbusters programme has issued a first birthday wish for more volunteers and community groups to rally to the Weedbusters programme.

Clean water, healthy soil ‘strategic assets’

Clean water and healthy soils are strategic assets for the agricultural sector, Environment Waikato Chief Executive Harry Wilson told the launch of a major investigation into intensive farming today in Hamilton.

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