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.Read More »
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.Read More »
New Zealand’s first nationwide climate change risk stocktake has highlighted ten areas of most concern. The extreme risks identified all apply in Thames Coromandel. The risks from sea-level rise feature heavily in the extreme/urgent category of risk.
Of the 43 risks identified, ten that require urgent action in the next six years are highlighted. Risks to buildings from more frequent extreme weather, wildfire, and coastal flooding were on the “urgent” list – as was preparing for social hurt to communities from people being displaced from their homes.
Nominations are being sought for The Advisory Committee for the Regional Environment (ACRE). ACRE is an advisory/consultative group of up to 15 members who sometimes attend Waikato Regional Council meetings, and liaise with staff and councillors and make submissions on the council’s environmental policies and plans.Read More »
An agreement to be signed by Waikato Regional Council with WEL Energy Trust will help to end poverty, fight inequality and act on climate change.
Councillors voted unanimously last week to sign the partnership and funding agreement, which will see WEL Energy Trust commit $3 million over five years to the Waikato Wellbeing Project.Read More »