Posts Tagged ‘ Waikato Regional Council ’

Election info for wannabe candidates

Jun 27th, 2019 | By

Would you consider standing for a seat in local government?

The Waikato District Council will host two candidate information evenings in mid-July to give those who are considering putting their hands up at the October elections the chance to see what would be involved.

“If you are thinking about standing as Mayor, a Councillor or Community Board member we encourage you to come along.”

Rabbit killer to be released

Feb 27th, 2018 | By

The Waikato Regional Council will release a rabbit-killing virus to reduce the significant environmental and agricultural impacts of the pest in some parts of the region.

By the end of April it’s expected the new rabbit haemorrhagic virus disease strain will be released at sites in Hamilton, Cambridge, Pauanui, Whangamata, Thames, Matarangi, Taupō, Kuratau and Kinloch.

“The virus is specific to rabbits,” said Biosecurity pest animals team leader Brett Bailey.

Fined Regal vacates reserve

Oct 23rd, 2017 | By

Regal Haulage will this week permanently vacate the Tamahere Reserve, closing the truck wash which earned it $1500 in fines from the Waikato Regional Council earlier this year.

The regional council closed down the rubbish-strewn Tauwhare Rd site temporarily in February after local resident Owen Trolove raised concerns it was polluting the Mangaone Stream.

In March, after an investigation the company was found to have breached both its consent and an already issued abatement notice – two infringments each earning a fine of $750.

Regal fined over decrepit truck wash

Mar 21st, 2017 | By

Regal Haulage’s truck wash in the Tamahere Reserve remains shut down after the company was fined $1500 by the Waikato Regional Council for breaching its resource consent.

The alarm was raised over the decrepit nature of the drainage system from the truck wash and its impact downstream by concerned local Owen Trolove in February.

The facility was closed down by the regional council, which then launched an investigation into the discharge.

Regal truck wash shut down

Feb 27th, 2017 | By

Regal Haulage’s truck wash site, within the Tamahere Reserve, has temporarily shut down after a local resident raised concerns it was polluting the Mangaone Stream.

The Waikato Regional Council (WRC), which acted to close the site, said investigations showed that a “malfunction in the truck wash was causing runoff into the stream”.

But an inspection today of the rubbish-strewn site with whistle blower Owen Trolove suggested that Regal Haulage could also be breaching its lease with the Waikato District Council (WDC) as well as its discharge consent from the regional council.

New councillor’s job list grows

Oct 9th, 2016 | By

Tamahere’s new councillor found the list of what he hopes to achieve for Tamahere growing over the election campaign.
Political newcomer Aksel Jepsen, 51, won the two-way election for the Waikato District Council’s Tamahere ward at the weekend by 196 votes, on preliminary results.
Jepsen, who will succeed three-term councillor Wally Hayes, polled highest with 815 votes to his rival Donna Nichols’ 619 votes on election night.

Councils fight anti-democracy bill

Jul 31st, 2016 | By

Councils around the country, including in the Waikato, are lining up to fight a central government bill they say will take the local out of local government.

The Waikato Regional Council is calling for changes to the new local government bill to help ensure the sound management of water and protect local democracy, a call echoed by councils around the country.

In the south, where he has been backed by neighbouring mayors, forthright Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt has dubbed the bill the “Crushing of Local Government Democracy and Seizing Control of Their Assets Bill”.

Election nominations open

Jul 18th, 2016 | By
Vote Waikato

Nominations for candidates wanting to stand in this year’s Waikato district elections have opened.

Would-be leaders and those passionate about the district are urged to step up and give local politics a go to have a say in the community’s future.

To encourage people to put their names forward the council is holding a candidate information evening at 6pm tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19, in the council chambers in Ngaruawahia.

Second chance on SNAs

Apr 4th, 2016 | By

So few Tamahere landowners have responded to a proposal to place potentially far-reaching tags on their properties that they are being given a second chance.

Last September, the Waikato District Council notified nearly 400 Tamahere residents by letter that their properties may contain significant natural areas (SNAs), a legal label that could change what happens on their land.

But the areas identified by the council may not be accurate or fit SNA criteria and landowners were urged to provide feedback. Only 76 did.

Fund supports reserve

Dec 23rd, 2015 | By

The Tamahere Reserve was one of 12 community projects to get a grant from a Waikato Regional Council fund designed to sponsor projects that protect and enhance the environment.

The Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust that is voluntarily restoring the Tauwhare Rd reserve will get $5000 from the council’s Environmental Initiatives Fund.

Trust chairman Leo Koppens said the grant will fund a professionally written management plan for the 5ha reserve.