Peninsula Planting and Restoration Groups Have Received $2M Funding From Waikato Regional Council.
These photos were taken over three years at a local stream near the edge of Colville Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula. Stream banks and saltmarsh were planted and fenced with help from Colville Harbour Care and funding from Waikato Regional Council. The results are amazing. The plants have survived and matured, the stream now has a stony bottom, and the native birds are back.
Denis Tegg, Thames Coromandel representative on the Waikato Regional Council urges people to call the council on 0800 800 401 if they have a similar project in mind, because funding and expertise may be available.
Thames Coromandel pest trapping, kiwi care, and river catchment, harbour and beach restoration groups have received almost $2 million from Waikato Regional Council in the last 3 years. Thames Coromandel restoration groups get an outsized slice of regional council funds due to the high quality of their work and their great community effort and commitment.
In addition, Regional Council secured $1million of ‘Shovel Ready’ funding for local ‘Clean Streams’ and harbour restoration projects to keep our waterways swimmable.
Kauri are some of New Zealand’s most important taonga – both ecologically and culturally. But the trees are being killed by incurable kauri dieback disease. Three small areas in Thames Coromandel have been infected – Whangapoua, Hukarahi, and Tairua, but most trees are thankfully disease-free. With government funding provided under a National Pest Management Plan, Waikato Regional Council is partnering with local iwi to protect these magnificent trees.
As your Thames Coromandel representative on Waikato Regional Council since 2019, I’ve had a significant influence on the council’s actions to control rates, tackle climate change, improve water quality and public transport, boost economic development, and enhance the overall well-being of our communities. This is great momentum, but there is so much more I wish to achieve for our communities. That is why I am asking for your vote to re-elect me as your regional council representative.
My positive influence on WRC’s actions includes:
A loan scheme I proposed for eco-retrofitting homes is now WRC’s flagship policy (at no cost to general ratepayers). This scheme will provide low-interest loans to households of up to $15,000 for installations such as double-glazing, insulation, heat pumps, water tanks and solar panels, repayable by way of a targeted rate.
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 »