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Training exercise nets plenty of ‘swag’

Nine full car bodies and assorted vehicle bits, as well as a small boat, have been hauled from the Waikato River around Hamilton this week as part of a national police dive squad training exercise.

Summer threat of yellow bristle grass spread

Farmers and others are being reminded that this time of year is a peak one for the spread between properties of the damaging pest plant yellow bristle grass.

Free bus travel to Teddy Bears Picnic

Saturday’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic and getting to the Hamilton Gardens for this popular event will be even easier for parents, with free bus rides from the city centre.

Coromandel call goes out to landowners

Coromandel landowners keen to protect the environment are being urged to contact Waikato Regional Council’s catchment management team to take advantage of funding assistance.

Pest Indian parakeets sighted near Paeroa

A pest Indian ring neck parakeet population near Paeroa has prompted a call for owners of these birds to do all they can to prevent them escaping.

Appeal for public help over jetski incident

Waikato Regional Council’s maritime services team is appealing for witnesses to help unpick how an 11-year-old girl was injured in a jetski mishap at Tuakau on Sunday.

Great farmer turnout at effluent field day

A fantastic Reporoa and Waikite dairy farmer turnout at a recent effluent management field day is a sign of the sector’s commitment to doing the right thing by the environment, says organiser Jon Palmer.

New focus on lakes in Waikato District

Funding from the Waikato River Authority’s latest round of grants will help protect and enhance shallow lakes such as Lake Waikare and Lake Waahi in Waikato District, says a multi-agency group working to improve water quality there.

Regional rate proposed for life-saving voluntary services

Waikato Regional Council will ask the public if they are happy for it to collect a rate to support surf life saving, Coastguard and rescue helicopter services in the region when it consults on its annual plan in March.