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Council confirms 2011/12 rates

Waikato Regional Council’s 2011/12 Annual Plan has been adopted, with an overall rates increase to existing ratepayers of 2.6 per cent.

Lake Taupo consent rules to take effect next month

The Environment Court has now formally approved a new Waikato Regional Council policy aimed at protecting water quality in Lake Taupo, meaning farmers around the lake will need to apply for a resource consent to continue farming.

Monitoring to continue after Awakino spill

update at 1515hrs
Environmental monitoring of the Awakino river and coastal marine area is set to continue after the end of an oil spill clean-up involving the Waikato Regional Council, Department of Conservation (DoC), Massey University, and trucking company Transpacific.

Bird response ramped up at Awakino

update at 1215
Massey University, Department of Conservation and Waikato Regional Council are ramping up their wildlife response at Awakino after investigations this morning showed more birdlife has been affected by an oil spill than initially thought.

Final update for Thursday on Awakino oil spill

Waikato Regional Council operations to deal with an oil spill into the Awakino River will continue for the rest of the day and overnight, followed by an assessment tomorrow morning of what more needs to be done.

Council hopeful spill’s impact will be limited

Waikato Regional Council says most of the oil spilled into the Awakino River yesterday afternoon appears to have gone out to sea overnight and that an initial assessment indicates no major environmental impacts around the river mouth or on the coast.

Oil extraction underway at Awakino

Waikato Regional Council has now installed an oil containment boom near the Awakino boat ramp and sucker trucks are being used to extract oil there from the river.

Oil spill containment operation underway

Waikato Regional Council has nine staff on the ground around Awakino as it seeks to contain a 20,000 litre oil spill into the Awakino River.

Further submissions sought

The Waikato Regional Council last week released a summary of the 200 submissions it received on the proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement (RPS) earlier this year and now invites further submissions.

New road map for land and water

A new sustainable agriculture “road map” for protecting and improving land values and water quality in the region was approved yesterday by Waikato Regional Council’s policy committee.

Caring locally, competing globally

The theme of farmers “Caring locally, competing globally” will be the feature of the Waikato Regional Council’s Fieldays stand between 15 June and 18 June.