Up until this week decision-makers could not decline large climate-polluting projects such as coal mines and fossil fuel power plants even though they could have huge climate-polluting impacts. Now that ridiculous loophole has been closed. Changes just made to the RMA now means consents for large projects can be declined if they have significant climate change impacts that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act.Read More »
Waikato regional councillors have backed a recommendation to consult with the public on proposed changes to the Navigation Safety Bylaw. The revised draft bylaw deals with navigation safety, including the use or management of boats, kayaks and requirements for life jackets and jet ski registration.Read More »
A Waikato Regional Council (WRC) project near Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains to use pumps and a canal to drain 1100 hectares of farmland on sinking peatland/wetland has seen the cost rise steeply from $2 million in 2013 to $9 million today. The cost benefit analysis carried out was deficient, and the latest research on potential climate change impacts has not been adequately considered. A rigorous review of the project is required.
In a welcome development, Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie has stated that the need for Thames “to find another area for housing development for potential adaptation purposes where we incrementally can move from the coast” is “absolutely essential”. Read More »
For the first time, the Waikato Regional Council’s three-yearly survey of greenhouse gas emissions has a breakdown for Thames-Coromandel District and other Waikato districts.Read More »