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.
Waikato Regional Council would like your help as it reviews its plans, policies and rules around what you do on land to help protect waterways. The Council is inviting expressions of interest from community members who are interested in being part of Citizens Reference Groups, including Groups focused on the Coromandel and Hauraki.
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.
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.