Regional Council Candidate Retracts Bogus Fishing Claims

In a humiliating climb-down, Warren Maher has finally retracted wrong claims he made repeatedly during the election campaign that Waikato Regional Council plans to close large areas of the Coromandel coast to recreational fishing. These bogus claims (now retracted) have been the centrepiece of Mr Maher’s campaign to be elected as the Thames-Coromandel representative on the Waikato Regional Council.

As recently as last week in an address to the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, Mr Maher said: “the Regional Council had planned for two years to close off large areas of the coast” to recreational fishers. 

He has now retracted that statement in an interview with the Hauraki Coromandel Post (page 12), saying “they (the council) haven’t stated it”.

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Applications Open for Waikato Regional Council Environmental Initiative Funds

Waikato Regional Council is inviting applications to its Environmental Initiatives Fund.  The purpose of the fund is to provide grants to community projects that directly benefit the environment or provide environmental education.  Funding up to $40,000 is available.  Projects may be funded for up to three years.  Applications are open this month and close 5 pm 27 July 2020.  Funding up to $40,000 is available.  Projects may be funded for up to three years.  Applications are open this month and close 5 pm 27 July 2020.

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