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EW staff propose deferring Coromandel pest control operation

Environment Waikato biosecurity staff are proposing a deferral of a planned pest control operation in part of the Coromandel next financial year after monitoring showed possum numbers had not yet risen to a level that requires re-treatment.

Banks urged to support Waikato farmers during drought

Banks must provide cash-strapped farmers with at least enough finance for stock feed and generally support them through Waikato’s drought, says Peter Buckley, chair of the Waikato Regional Drought Committee.

Waikato farm visits running at higher level

MEDIA RELEASE from Waikato Regional Drought Committee
The number of drought-related farm visits being undertaken by the Rural Support Trust in the wider Waikato region is running at a much higher rate than the big dry in 2007-08.

Coromandel farm protecting native forest

A Coromandel farming couple Doug and Kathy Bentham say their work to protect a 35 hectare patch of native forest, including kauri, is proving immensely satisfying.

Waikato Regional Drought Committee formed

A Waikato Regional Drought Committee has been officially formed at a meeting in Hamilton today to help co-ordinate relief to farmers and others affected by the drought conditions affecting the region.

Free buses available for ITM 400

Promoters of the ITM 400 next weekend are again offering free Hamilton bus services to help reduce traffic congestion in the city and minimise the event’s carbon footprint.

Course to help boaties cross Raglan bar

Coastguard Raglan, with support from Environment Waikato, is again offering to help boaties with information on how to cross the notorious Raglan bar and to be generally safer at sea.

Orbiter overcrowding solutions sought

Environment Waikato and its partners on the Regional Passenger Transport Committee are working on solutions to overcrowding on the increasingly popular Orbiter bus service in Hamilton.

EW backs Fonterra farm checks

Fonterra’s pilot programme to check the effluent management infrastructure on farms in the Waikato is well underway and receiving positive support and feedback from farmers and Environment Waikato, says Fonterra’s GM Milk Supply, Tim Deane.