Hunua Ranges kauri areas will close

At its decision to close forested areas of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Auckland Council has also agreed to close higher-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park in order to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. The tracks will be closed from 1 May 2018. Council said these measures aim to prevent the introduction of the disease […]

Waikato Regional Council under fire

WEAK and pathetic is how one Tuakau resident described the action taken by Waikato Regional Council (WRC) over the continued non-compliance and unlawful activity identified at the Envirofert Cleanfill site in Tuakau. In October last year The Post Newspaper broke a story about illegal WaterCare sludge material being deposited at Envirofert. WRC appointed BBO (Bloxam Burnett & Olliver) to do […]

Awhitu Landcare call for submissions

Awhitu Landcare are encouraging people to have their say on Auckland Council’s proposed Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP). The plan is available for public consultation. They encourage those who live on the Awhitu Peninsula to make a submission for the future of the environment. Council’s Long Term Plan is also available to submit feedback on. Awhitu Landcare said it’s important […]

Seaweek a stunner!

A glorious sunny day greeted the many who went for a saunter during the Awhitu Beachcare Family Fun Walk last Sunday. The walk was part of the Seaweek 2018 celebrations and showcased five local beaches. “Everyone is keen to organise the walk again next year. We’ve had great feedback from those who joined the walk, and the support from everyone […]

Luxury under canvas

The North Waikato has a new glamping destination for couples, families and small groups. Nestled in the foothills of the Bombay Hills, Nick Buxeda and his partner Sasha Swift are offering a glamping experience like no other in the area. The couple already run a very successful Farmstay Bed and Breakfast and the next logical step for Nick and Sasha […]

Website helping the horticulture industry

By Jess Paton The launch of the ‘Work the Seasons’ website was done in style on Friday 16 March. The website, an initiative of the Ministry of Social Development, was launched by the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Employment Willie Jackson at an event hosted by vegetable growers A S Wilcox & Sons in Pukekohe. […]

From blue to bald for a good cause

Shave for a Cure is Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s (LBC) annual signature fundraising event. This year, a local Pokeno Early Childhood Education teacher will be parting with her fun blue locks to raise $1000 for LBC.  Heather Watson works at Suits and Gumboots Country Daycare in Pokeno and on 21 March she’ll be braving the clippers for this […]

Locals win at Dairy Awards

Local dairy farmers, managers and trainees were awarded at the 2018 Auckland/ Hauraki Dairy Industry Awards on Saturday 10 March at the Pukekohe Indian Hall. Share Farmer of the Year for the region went to first-time entrants Chris and Sally Guy. The couple are in their second season 50:50 share milking on Allan Guy’s Papakura property, milking 200 cows. They […]

Synlait coming to Pokeno

Pokeno could be the new home of a nutritional powder manufacturing site for Synlait. The kiwi dairy processing company have conditionally purchased 28 hectares of land in Pokeno to establish their second New Zealand site, expecting to invest around $260 million in the coming years. Synlait will develop two of their programmes with farmers in the Waikato as a part […]

Council deem trees survivable

An Auckland Council arborist assessed the trees on the Awhitu Peninsula including Wattle Bay and Hudsons Beach on Tuesday 27 February. “Following a bout of storms last month, a number of trees on the Awhitu Peninsula suffered superficial damage and have been assessed by an Auckland Council arborist,” said Agnes McCormack, Auckland Council Head of Operational Management and Maintenance. “The […]

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