Posts tagged "Waikato Regional Council"

Clean-up after raw sewage pours into Lake Taupō to take weeks – residents asked not to flush

[2 July/The Country] It will take weeks to clean up a huge discharge of raw sewage that on Tuesday poured into Lake Taupō after a wastewater pipe broke on the lakefront. The main burst just after 2pm and about an hour later the footpath collapsed and took out a wastewater pipe, causing an unknown quantity...

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...