Environment

Letter— Feedback on front page regarding Envirofert

Steve Douglas’ feature article regarding Waikato Regional Council allowing Envirofert in Tuakau to allegedly bury contaminated material is to be commended for its detail, its insight and its directness. Too often Councils recommend complainants take them to court, knowing full well that they have the use of ratepayers’ money and the complainant by and large will not have the resources. […]

Storm chaser returns from incredible trip

Kim Watson is busy chasing her dreams, when she’s not chasing storms. In fact, the two go hand in hand. The storm chaser recently returned from her second expedition in America, where her hunger for seeing tornadoes was filled. “Last year I was there for seven days, this year I went for ten days.” She travelled 7800 kilometres over the […]

Puni riparian planting project

Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities visited a riparian planting site on one of the Balle Brother’s farms on Tramway Road, Puni, on Friday 13 April. Four Puni School pupils, Tommy Gibson, Olya Eremee, Nate Molony and RJ Rapi, represented their school admirably when they met with the Minister. While chatting comfortably with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Out for a duck

Out for a duck was exactly how I was feeling when the crickets swarmed into town. According to National Geographic, you can tell the temperature by counting a cricket’s chirps! Well, judging by the sheer number of crickets I had to wade through in my house (let alone counting the chirps), I would estimate the temperature to have been be […]

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 […]

Hunk of Junk

Story by Kylie Hall kylie@thepost.nz Photos by Paul Smith When these photos crossed my desk, my first thoughts were how beautiful the shots were. That’s testament to the excellent skills of local photographer Paul Smith who supplied the images. However, dig deeper and what you see are rusty, ragged wrecks, with jagged broken metal jutting out, just waiting to cause […]

Sprinkler restrictions now in place for Waikato District

Waikato District, Hamilton City and Waipa District are now all on Water Alert Level 1. The move to Water Alert Level 1 was triggered by a significant increase in water consumption across the region. Water Alert Level 1 means that sprinklers should only be used between 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm, but a hose pipe can be used […]


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