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Rain brings little relief to Waikato drought zone

Despite recent rain, the Waikato officially remains a drought zone and there is ongoing concern for cash-strapped farming families, says the Waikato Regional Drought Committee

Bellbird sightings bring pleasant surprises

Less than two weeks after the release of 50 bellbirds into Hamilton Gardens, the sightings of unbanded bellbirds and behaviour of their released banded counterparts has been a welcome surprise for trackers.

New sonar devices to aid bat bounce-back

A long-tailed breed of little Hamilton natives, who navigate by sonar, is threatened with extinction by hungry rats and loss of suitable trees.

Vigilance required over Waikato kauri

The discovery of the kauri-killing fungus PTA just 500 metres from Tane Mahuta in Northland has prompted a renewed warning for Coromandel and Thames residents to be particularly vigilant about stopping the spread of the kauri dieback disease.

Stock effluent reports cause concern ahead of Gypsy Day

A number of reports in the past few days of trucks spilling stock effluent on to or beside roads are a worrying sign and just the tip of the iceberg, says the chair of the multi-agency Regional Transport Committee.

Ngatamariki consents granted by EW and Taupo DC

Environment Waikato hearings commissioner have granted 17 resource consents to a joint venture looking to build the proposed Ngatamariki Geothermal Development at Tahorakuri, near Taupo.

Short-term 1080 consents

Environment Waikato has decided that public notification is not necessary for two short-term consents for the aerial application of 1080 to kill possums in the Waikato.

Scientist seeks to slow snail’s pace

The chance finding of a single Amazonian snail in the Waikato River has prompted a warning for aquarium owners to be careful about where they put the contents of fish tanks.

Ground-breaking bellbird release delayed

New Zealand’s largest ever bird translocation project has been delayed because of a disease identified in some of the bellbirds caught on Tiritiri Matangi.

Hamilton bellbird release delayed

Radio stations are being asked to broadcast the fact that the scheduled release of bellbirds in the Hamilton Gardens has been postponed till a later date.

EW supports moves to boost marine farming

Environment Waikato is supporting government moves to develop marine farming while still protecting the environment and interests of other users of coastal areas.

Call before problems get too bad

Waikato farmers affected by the drought are being urged not to hold off calling the Rural Support Trust or rural professionals if they need help, despite some recent rain and positive news on Fonterra’s dairy payout.

Farmer information day at Waiwhakareke

The "right plant in the right place" to help protect the environment is the theme of a farmer information day at the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park in Hamilton on Wednesday 23 June.

Bringing the bellbirds back

Bringing bellbirds back to Hamilton is the aim of an ambitious new reintroduction programme being led by Landcare Research and the University of Waikato.