Waikato Regional Council’s Environmental Performance Committee has considered a comprehensive recent study by Massey University on our domestic drinking water supplies. The report confirmed that rivers draining agricultural catchments with cows, sheep and deer had a high prevalence of cryptosporidium, giardia, campylobacter and e- coli. Those draining native forest catchments had little if any pathogens.Read More »
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.Read More »
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”.Read More »
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 constituentsRead More »
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.Read More »