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Variety of punishments for polluting dairy farmers

Following on the heels of a Tauwhare farmer being fined $34,000 last week, the District Court has imposed further fines totalling $45,000 and 150 hours community service on four dairy farmers for illegally discharging dairy effluent in unrelated incidents at Putaruru and Waikite Valley, near Rotorua.

40th birthday for flood scheme that delivers big benefits

Waikato Regional Council is this December celebrating the 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Waihou Valley Scheme (WVS) which provides crucial flood protection to the likes of Paeroa, Te Aroha and Thames, and allows around an extra 50,000 hectares of land to be farmed safely.

Track safety improvement options for Waharoa

Options for improving pedestrian safety at a point on the East Coast Main Trunk rail line near Waharoa could cost between $20,000 and $1 million, the regional transport committee heard yesterday.

Staged water programme enables better solutions

Waikato Regional Council has adopted a staged programme to implement central government requirements for managing fresh water, allowing more time for developing solutions with stakeholders and the community.

Collaboration working well over Hikuai restoration

The restoration of a cabbage tree wetland at Hikuai on the Coromandel is a great example of what collaboration can achieve when it comes to restoring a significant natural area (SNA), the regional council’s pest management committee heard today.

Recognition for council pest control contractor

A retiring pest control contractor whose company holds an excellent track record in Waikato has been formally recognised at a meeting of the regional pest management committee.

Rowing mishap highlights river dangers

Waikato Regional Council’s navigation team is investigating a serious rowing mishap on the Waikato River which has highlighted the dangers of collisions if crews don’t take enough care.

Waikato well-advanced on land and water issues

The Waikato is well-advanced in tackling key land and water quality issues, says the regional council’s land and water quality subcommittee chair Norm Barker, who is a strong supporter of various parties working with the council to address areas of concern.

Tanker crash in Awakino Gorge

Waikato Regional Council emergency response staff are on their way to a serious milk tanker crash just south of the tunnel in the Awakino Gorge earlier this morning.

Council expects no long-lasting effects from truck crash

Waikato Regional Council’s emergency response team is expecting there will be no long-lasting environmental effects resulting from this morning’s truck crash into the Waihohonu Stream off State Highway 1 between Waiouru and Turangi.

Special summer holiday bus services to Raglan

Having fun in the sun at Raglan will be easier this summer with special Sunday and public holiday bus service operating over the Christmas and New Year period.

Fish trap and digester nearing start-up

A joint trial project to tackle the widespread pest fish koi carp in the Waikato River is about to get underway at Lake Waikare’s fish pass.