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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Ridiculous climate change loophole in RMA has been closed

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 »

Climate change to be included in all Regional Council decision making

I was elected as Thames-Coromandel representative on the Waikato Regional Council on an election platform for the need to take strong action in response to the climate crisis.  I am therefore thrilled that Regional Council has unanimously agreed that an assessment of climate change implications will be required in the preparation of all relevant reports to the council. Read More »

Regional Council Monitors Air Quality – Thames’ Air Still Mostly Fresh!

Did you know Waikato Regional Council monitors air quality around the region including in Thames?  The good news is that under current standards Thames has “good” air quality (0– 33% of the guideline) for around 86% of the time and in recent measurements has never exceeded the National Environmental Standard of 50 micrograms per cubic metre of air (µg/m3)Read More »

Government’s Fresh Water Reforms – a Mixed Bag

It’s a mixed bag. Most welcome is that here will be a cap on the input of nitrogen fertiliser to farms although the limit set is weak.  Farmers will have to fence off waterways and adopt targeted farm environment plans.  There will be a streamlined planning process and specialist freshwater panels that include Regional Council and tangata whenua appointees.Read More »