Regional Council Seeks Your Help to Protect Our Coromandel Hauraki Waterways

Waikato Regional Council would like your help as it reviews its plans, policies and rules around what you do on land to help protect waterways. The Council is inviting expressions of interest from community members who are interested in being part of Citizens Reference Groups, including Groups focused on the Coromandel and Hauraki. 

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Waikato Regional Council Supports Warm, Low-Energy Affordable Homes

A loan scheme I proposed for eco-retrofitting homes with heat pumps, insulation and solar panels is Waikato Regional Council’s (WRC) flagship policy (at no cost to general ratepayers).  Now the regional council will consider other ways to help homeowners.  It will investigate injecting funds into an affordable housing initiative proposed by the philanthropic organisation Momentum Waikato.

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The Blue Economy – An Ocean of Opportunity for Thames Coromandel

As Waikato Regional Council representative on the Hauraki Gulf Forum, I had the privilege of being briefed on the exciting new opportunities for seaweed aquaculture on the Coromandel Peninsula.  This “blue economy” has the potential to improve water quality, revitalise our waterways, improve our on-land farming systems. and create hundreds of local jobs.

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Huge support for better bus links in Thames Coromandel and other rural districts

95% of submitters to the Waikato Regional Council’s draft Public Transport Plan support much stronger public transport links within and between local towns such as Whitianga, Tairua, Coromandel, Waihi, Thames and Whangamata.  This adds even more weight to the strong case I have been making for government funding for new bus connections in Thames Coromandel and Hauraki.

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