Fatbergs in Waikato district pipes too

Its size has sent shockwaves around the world and while the Waikato district can’t claim anything quite as large, fatbergs have also been plaguing our pipes for years. International media coverage of a 250-metre long, 130-tonne ‘fatberg’ blocking a London sewer pipe went viral on social media last week, but General Manager Service Delivery Tim Harty says pipes are often […]

Glen Murray recycling day to stay

Glen Murray will continue its monthly recycling drop-off day service. The decision was made following community consultation. The drop-off days will be funded by a targeted rate of $56.27, from community members who received consultation letters, from July 2018. Last month’s consultation showed that 62% of respondents wanted a targeted rate, while 38% preferred stopping the service. The drop-off service […]

Beachcare for Awhitu?

Would the Awhitu Peninsula benefit from a beachcare group? This is the question being raised and the Awhitu community are encouraged to join in the conversation. Karen Opie, founder of the Port Waikato Beach Care group, is giving an illustrated talk on the successes their group has achieved. Local resident, Anna McNaughton, advises, “The Port Waikato group connected with DOC, […]

Council inspect Recycling bins

Auckland Council is making an effort to encourage residents to recycle the right materials, by inspecting recycling bins. Parul Sood, Acting General Manager for Waste Solutions at Auckland Council, said a contamination inspection recycling bin program is in place in the Auckland region, including Franklin. “Some of the most common contamination materials that we find in recycling bins are plastic […]

Local build partners visit Paerata Rise

After the new name of Paerata Rise development was announced earlier in the month, the 12 building partners and members of Grafton Down Limited, met on site to discuss the future plans of the new town. MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly was invited to speak to the group at Wesley College, and share the government developments including what had been […]

$100,000 raised for Big Buddy programme

The sale of a G.J. Gardner Home in Pukekohe is expected to raise over $100,000 for the mentoring program Big Buddy. Big Buddy, a New Zealand organisation that partners fatherless boys with a positive male role model, hopes to expand to more regions across the country. But with only 9% of funding coming from the Government, they rely on the […]

Local building companies chosen to build new town

The development of a new community on former Wesley College land near Pukekohe has moved a step closer with the announcement of 12 build partners. The developers, Grafton Downs Ltd, along with the Wesley College Trust Board have announced that the development will be named Paerata Rise. As well as acknowledging the existing Paerata community, the name is a nod […]

UFB expansion for local towns

Pokeno, Meremere and Port Waikato are amongst six towns in the Waikato who will be benefiting from the Government roll out of ultrafast broadband (UFB). Announced last week, this is the third wave of the roll out, which will provide mobile coverage through the Rural Broadband initiative. “It’s gratifying that the Government has recognised an ongoing need to support our case […]

New Freedom Camping bylaw to be developed

Auckland Council is to develop a new region-wide bylaw to manage the demands caused by the growth of freedom camping across Auckland. The council’s Regulatory Committee agreed earlier in August, that a new bylaw will be developed under the Freedom Camping Act 2011. Under the Act, freedom camping is permitted everywhere in a local authority area unless it is prohibited […]

Keeping warm a hardship for almost three in ten households

Renters and poorer families are much more likely to say it is hard to keep warm than those who own their own homes or earn more money, Stats NZ said today. Just under one-third (29 percent) of all New Zealand households in 2015/16 reported that they experienced some energy hardship. Energy hardship means people struggle to afford their power bills, […]