Waikato Regional Council has secured $5.535 million in Government funding for quick-start restoration projects, including $2.825 million towards creating a green corridor along the lower Piako River from the Kopuatai wetland to the Hauraki Gulf. This project is expected to create 47 new jobs.
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.
As a new member of the Hauraki Gulf Forum I was privileged to attend the recent release of the Forum’s beautifully produced ‘2020 State of our Gulf’ report . The Report puts a spotlight on the ongoing environmental degradation facing the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, but also tells some great success stories.Read More »
In response to public requests for better public transport links between Coromandel town, Thames, Ngatea and Paeroa, Waikato Regional Council (WRC) has proposed some options and is inviting feedback .Read More »