Waikato Regional Council’s Record on Monitoring and Enforcement

Independent Reports ARE Available

A suggestion has been made by Bill Barclay in his blog that regional councils, and in particular Waikato Regional Council are avoiding, deferring or in other ways “sliding around” the requirement to obtain independently audited reports on compliance, monitoring and enforcement.  That’s a serious allegation so I took the trouble to dig out the facts for myself. 

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Coastal Erosion Issues – Which Council Decides What To Do? – Its Complicated.

There has been quite a lot of publicity recently about erosion at Buffalo Beach, Whitianga, and at Whangamata.  Some members of the public are agitating for either or both councils to take immediate action to build a seawall, or groynes. Waikato Regional Council (WRC) and Thames-Coromandel District Council (TCDC) both have responsibility for coastal issues, so it is not surprising there is quite a lot of confusion as to “who does what”. 

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Our Coast – What Role Does Waikato Regional Council Play?

There is often a lot of confusion about “who does what” around our coasts. Some functions are District Council responsibilities, others are for Regional Council and sometimes both authorities have a role. Recently regional councillors received a briefing on the role Waikato Regional Council plays on the coast so I thought it would be a good idea to share that briefing with constituents

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Public Submissions on Navigation Bylaw Considered

Last week I sat on a three person Waikato Regional Council Committee which considered public submissions on a proposed new Navigation bylaw.  Your initial reaction might be this would be a bit of a yawn, but in fact some really gnarly issues had to be decided.

One of these issues was whether it was possible to use the navigation bylaw to ban swimming in the Waikato River downstream of the floodgates of the Aratiatia Dam.  When the floodgates are opened there is a high risk of injury or death should anyone be swimming in the river below. Rachael de Jong, 21, was swept to her death on Waitangi Day in 2017  when the floodgates of the Aratiatia Dam were opened.

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Top 10 National Climate Risks All Apply Locally

New Zealand’s first nationwide climate change risk stocktake has highlighted ten areas of most concern.  The extreme risks identified all apply in Thames Coromandel.  The risks from sea-level rise feature heavily in the extreme/urgent category of risk.

Of the 43 risks identified, ten that require urgent action in the next six years are highlighted. Risks to buildings from more frequent extreme weather, wildfire, and coastal flooding were on the “urgent” list – as was preparing for social hurt to communities from people being displaced from their homes.

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