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Council set for hearings on LTCCP submissions

Environment Waikato has received about 1900 public submissions on its draft 2009-19 Long-Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP), almost half of them specifically concerned with the management of mangroves at Whangamata.

Call for expressions of interest from investment advisors

Environment Waikato’s finance and audit committee has recommended the council calls for expressions of interest from firms capable of advising on the long term strategy, strategic asset allocation and implementation of the council’s investment fund.

Maungatautari fence protects unique bird breeding site

Environment Waikato and Waipa District Council proposals to make a significant financial contribution to maintaining the predator-proof fence at Maungatautari are about ensuring the continued operation of a unique native bird-breeding site, says EW deputy chairman John Fisher.

EW clarifies new bus technology

Environment Waikato has clarified that the new Pavlovich bus used on one of its services drastically cuts emission of fine particles (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), rather than carbon dioxide (CO2).

Course to help boaties cross the bar

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

Hamilton East building up for lease

A building currently used by Environment Waikato at 505 Grey St, Hamilton East, is now being offered for lease as the council restructures its accommodation.

The Waikato River must stay in Waikato

Governance and management of the entire Waikato River catchment must remain within the Waikato region, says Environment Waikato chair Peter Buckley.

Bus service provides beach safety spin-off

A new Coromandel bus service run over summer appears to have helped save people from possible drowning or serious injury, says Environment Waikato.

Survey’s findings borne out by booming bus use

A Government ministry’s Quality of Life survey showing widespread satisfaction with public transport in Hamilton is reinforced by latest figures which show a 25 per cent jump in city bus use so far this financial year.

EW helps Waikato farmer get forestry funding

Environment Waikato is helping a Waitomo farmer to become the first Waikato applicant to successfully gain a Government grant for planting trees under a regional share of the Afforestation Grant Scheme.

Environment Waikato barge gets recession makeover

In the spirit of these cash constrained times, Environment Waikato has adopted a more sustainable approach to ensuring its river barge, the Tamahere, is fit for purpose. Rather than replace it – as first planned at a cost of more than a half a million dollars – it will now be refurbished, at a cost expected to be less than $110,000.

Community grants deferred

Tight financial times have led to Environment Waikato deferring a decision on grants for community and school environmental initiatives for at least another three months. In addition, the council said it would not accept any new Environmental Initiatives Fund (EIF) or Enviroschools applications until the start of the new financial year in July.

EW reviews investment advisory services

Environment Waikato is reviewing its financial policies as part of the 2009-19 Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) process. This review includes the investment advisory services the council currently receives and the management of its $51 million investment fund.