Posts tagged "Waikato Regional Council"

Dirty farm machinery causes spike in velvetleaf cases

[25 January/Stuff] Dirty farm machinery has been blamed for a significant jump in velvetleaf cases on Waikato farms in the past 12 months. The number of farms found to have the pest weed jumped from 36 at the start of the 2017-18 farming season to 53.  The growth in the Waikato reflects a national trend,...

Council finds dairy farm using a bathtub for effluent storage in latest inspections

[18 November/Stuff] Almost 30 per cent of Waikato farms inspected for effluent compliance have been found to be significantly non-compliant this season – including one that was using an old bathtub to store its effluent. The Waikato Regional Council’s farm services team has inspected 232 “high risk” farms since July 1 – of these 34...

Proposed Waikato chicken farm faces joint council hearing

[15 October/Stuff] A chicken farm has been proposed on the outskirts of Waikato town. It would house 242,000 birds. Matamata Poultry Limited required consent from two councils to go ahead. The operation would also require an aid discharge consent. A joint hearing between the councils would occur on 24 October. Waikato Regional Council recommended the...

Kingfish farm a step closer after iwi gets nod to apply for consent in Hauraki Gulf

[28 September/Stuff] The North Island’s first offshore fish farm was possible after permission was granted to apply for resource consents to farm kingfish. Waikato Regional Council granted   Pare Hauraki Kaimoana authorisation to apply for consents. It would occupy 240 hectares in the Firth of Thames. The space was around 10 kilometres offshore from Coromandel Town....

Less than one quarter of all Waikato dairy farms meet their effluent obligations

[14 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] Figures released under the Official Information Act show that Waikato Regional Council inspected 1174 in the recently completed season, nearly twice as many of the previous season, and found that only 23% of farms were fully compliant while 9% were significantly non-compliant. A spokesperson for the Regional Council said that the...

Council identifies attitude change among farmers towards effluent management

 [5 May/ Stuff] Inspections by the Waikato Regional Council showed two-thirds of Waipa catchment dairy farmers are meeting their effluent requirements, however noted that  eight are significantly non-compliant. The inspections are part of the Council’s effluent compliance monitoring throughout the year, and looked at compliance on the day, the farm’s infrastructure including the pond’s sealing...

BNZ has ‘significant concerns’ about Waikato River clean up plans

 [14 September/ Business Day] The Healthy Rivers project designed by the Waikato Regional Council meant Waikato farmers and horticulture growers would face tough new land restrictions. The proposed draft would make it difficult for land use to be changed, leading to growing concerns among farmers and growers that their land values could be impacted. Healthy...

Call for total ban on stock in waterways after lack of prosecutions

[15 May/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Waikato Regional Council received 150 complaints about stock in waterways between 2011 and 2015, but made no prosecutions. A Waikato Regional Council representative said investigations were difficult due to poor quality information and delays in laying complaints. Massey University Freshwater Ecologist, Mike Joy said there were other reasons, such...

‘Serious interest’ in Coromandel fish farming

 [4 May/ Radio NZ Rural] The Waikato Regional Council Strategy and Policy Committee has approved a council report that recommended the Marine Farming Zone in the Firth of Thames should be opened for tenders. The zone was set up in 2011 as an area where new types of marine farming could be tested and grown...

Council choppers to get the chop

[12 December/ NZ Farmer] The Waikato Regional Council is to stop helicopter inspections of dairy farms and replace it with pre-announced personal visits to farms. The decision is yet to be ratified after addressing key issues such as the extra burden on taxpayers from the move, and the potential for larger players to alleviate this...

Leadership team for Waikato river

[12 June/ Rural News Group] A strategic Waikato River catchment leadership group, called the Waikato River Restoration Forum, including representatives from the Waikato River Authority, five Waikato River iwi, Department of Conservation, the Fonterra Co-operative Group, DairyNZ, Mighty River Power, Genesis Energy and the Waikato Regional Council has been established to coordinate the work among...

Tribe presents clean Waikato River plan

 [26 August/ Business Day] An environmental plan aimed increasing water quality in the Waikato River was launched at Turangawaewae Marae last week. The aim of the plan is to restore the Waikato River to the same water quality level it had at the time of the second Maori King Tawhiao.  Waikato Regional Council chairman, Peter...

New riparian tax breaks

 [21 July/ Rural News Group] Water quality is set to benefit after the announcement of new tax breaks. Riparian plantings by farmers are to become tax deductable from this month under operational expenses as opposed to recording them as capital expenditures. The Income Tax Act is set to be changed to allow deductions for plantings...