Huge support for better bus links in Thames Coromandel and other rural districts

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.

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Top 10 National Climate Risks All Apply Locally

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.

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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 »

Report on key trends, opportunities and challenges in Waikato

Waikato Regional Council (WRC) is currently guided by its Strategic Direction 2016-19, with three overarching goals of a healthy environment, strong economy, and vibrant communities. WRC is also undertaking a wide-ranging strategic review, which is underpinned by a shift in focus from a three year strategy to a ten-year strategy post 2019, which will guide the organisation’s overall direction and activity. Read More »