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Waikato weather update as at 8.30am Saturday

Heavy overnight rain in the Waikato region has led to a number of slips and road closures on the Coromandel and northern Waikato, while a number of rivers and streams have overflowed their banks leading to localized surface flooding in some parts.

Waikato weather update 3pm

Environment Waikato is reminding residents of the Coromandel Peninsula and eastern Waikato that there is a severe weather warning in place due to Cyclone Wilma affecting the northern North Island.

Waikato wetlands environmental ‘nurseries’

Waikato’s wetlands are environmental “nurseries” that support healthy animals, plants and water quality, says Environment Waikato sustainable agriculture coordinator Bala Tikkisetty.

Waikato weather threat grows

Environment Waikato says the potential for weather-related problems across the Waikato this weekend has grown with a fresh weather warning from MetService.

Recent rain welcome but some farmers still struggling

Recent rain has helped restore crucial soil moisture to above average levels in the Waikato, says a sub-group of the Waikato Regional Drought Committee, with further rain forecast this weekend.

Mokau power scheme consents granted

Resource consents related to a King Country Energy (KCE) proposal to build a new hydro dam on the Mokau River have been granted by Environment Waikato (EW) and the Waitomo District Council (WDC).

Weekend weather could again be very wet

Environment Waikato is urging regional residents to be prepared for a wet long weekend after a new MetService heavy rainfall watch announcement for the northern half of the North Island

EW councillors to start budget talks

Carbon farming, commuter rail, spatial planning and civil defence will be among the issues debated at next week's council meeting to set the draft budget for the 2011/12 financial year.

Rail service options to be investigated

The multi-agency Rail Working Group looking at the feasibility of a new Hamilton-Auckland passenger rail service yesterday asked for further investigations into three options for advancing the inter-regional service.

Algal bloom detected in Lake Ohakuri

A potentially toxic blue-green algal bloom has been detected in Lake Ohakuri, the largest lake in the Waikato River hydro system.

Rules reduce collision risk

Environment Waikato’s navigation safety team is reminding skippers to follow the region’s navigation safety bylaw after a collision between two boats put two children in hospital at the weekend.