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Peninsula Planting and Restoration Groups Have Received $2M Funding From Waikato Regional Council.
These photos were taken over three years at a local stream near the edge of Colville Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula. Stream banks and saltmarsh were planted and fenced with help from Colville Harbour Care and funding from Waikato Regional Council. The results are amazing. The plants have survived and matured, the stream now has a stony bottom, and the native birds are back.
Denis Tegg, Thames Coromandel representative on the Waikato Regional Council urges people to call the council on 0800 800 401 if they have a similar project in mind, because funding and expertise may be available.
Thames Coromandel pest trapping, kiwi care, and river catchment, harbour and beach restoration groups have received almost $2 million from Waikato Regional Council in the last 3 years. Thames Coromandel restoration groups get an outsized slice of regional council funds due to the high quality of their work and their great community effort and commitment.
In addition, Regional Council secured $1million of ‘Shovel Ready’ funding for local ‘Clean Streams’ and harbour restoration projects to keep our waterways swimmable.
Waikato Regional Council has secured $134,000 from the Ministry for the Environment to explore practical options to put food and garden waste to best use, and out of landfills.
This vital work will provide essential additional support to Thames Coromandel District Council, Hauraki District Council and other councils, iwi, hapū and marae, and to local community organisations already doing fantastic waste prevention work such as the Seagull Centre in Thames and the Mercury Bay Recovery Centre.
Waikato Regional Council has approved a $200,000 Community Transport Fund for Waikato volunteer health shuttle groups. The fund will help support the many peninsula-based volunteer groups in their essential work of transporting disadvantaged people to hospitals and other health and community services. This is in addition to the $200,000 funding approved earlier for a dedicated community transport coordinator, and to establish an integrated web-based platform and 0800 number to make it easier to book a trip.
Kauri are some of New Zealand’s most important taonga – both ecologically and culturally. But the trees are being killed by incurable kauri dieback disease. Three small areas in Thames Coromandel have been infected – Whangapoua, Hukarahi, and Tairua, but most trees are thankfully disease-free. With government funding provided under a National Pest Management Plan, Waikato Regional Council is partnering with local iwi to protect these magnificent trees.
As your Thames Coromandel representative on Waikato Regional Council since 2019, I’ve had a significant influence on the council’s actions to control rates, tackle climate change, improve water quality and public transport, boost economic development, and enhance the overall well-being of our communities. This is great momentum, but there is so much more I wish to achieve for our communities. That is why I am asking for your vote to re-elect me as your regional council representative.
My positive influence on WRC’s actions includes:
A loan scheme I proposed for eco-retrofitting homes is now WRC’s flagship policy (at no cost to general ratepayers). This scheme will provide low-interest loans to households of up to $15,000 for installations such as double-glazing, insulation, heat pumps, water tanks and solar panels, repayable by way of a targeted rate.