New Public Transport Services for Thames-Coromandel Hauraki on the way?

Funding decisions recently made by TCDC and Hauraki District Council indicate that local public transport services will soon be expanded.  This follows presentations made in the past 12 months to local community boards and Hauraki District Council by Thames-Coromandel representative on the Waikato Regional Council, Denis Tegg seeking an extension of public transport coverage beyond the successful Thames “Connector” bus he initiated in 2017.

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Congratulations to Hauraki District Council for its Zero Carbon Promise

Big ups and congratulations to Hauraki District Council (HDC) and Mayor Toby Adams who are taking positive steps to reduce damaging climate emissions.  HDC has just adopted a comprehensive Zero Carbon Promise, with a clear pathway laid out how the council will achieve zero carbon and assist Hauraki District to achieve that goal.

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June Newsletter

Another busy month was kicked off with over 200 people attending a public meeting in Whitianga to discuss better marine protection in the coastal waters around the Peninsula.  There was a strong groundswell of support for larger areas to be set aside for marine reserves and to ban bottom impact fishing methods such as trawling and dredging.  As one of the speakers at the meeting I was able to emphasise the importance of making a submission on the Regional Council’s Regional Coastal Plan.

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Regional Transport Plan Will Increase Emissions And Is Thus Unlawful

Waikato Regional Council (WRC) has approved a transport plan which assigns just 3% of its 10-year budget to walking and cycling, and only 5% to public transport. This must inevitably increase overall transport emission pollution in the region.  In my opinion the law requires the plan to reduce transport emissions to achieve consistency with central government transport policy.  If emissions will rise under the plan this makes the plan unlawful and places WRC at significant risk of a successful legal challenge. 

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