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Take care, clean your gear Kia tūpato, horōia āu taputapu Getting out and about in the outdoors is part and parcel of a great kiwi summer. With the weather warming, outdoor enthusiasts are being urged to take extra care in helping to prevent the spread of a variety of nasty pests and diseases. Whether you’re spending the long sunny days out on the
water, or beating the mountain bike and hiking trails, it’s important to clean your gear after each outing. Waikato Regional Council biosecurity officer Brett Bailey says the majority of soil and aquatic pests are spread by humans (that’s us) going from one outdoor zone to the
next without cleaning their gear properly. “It doesn’t take much at all for pests and disease to spread in our environment, and we need to do all we can to protect aquatic and natural environments – especially our marine reserves, islands, lakes and forests,” he says.
Here's how you can do your bit At sea
✓ Clean boat hulls at least twice a year or before travelling to another region. ✓ Anything that’s scraped off your boat should be put in a bin and disposed of correctly. ✓ Apply a good coat of anti-fouling paint, being careful not to miss underwater fittings. ✓ If you're going to a new region, be prepared to show the marina you've cleaned or anti-fouled your hull in the last six months. ✓ Clean your fishing gear well.
In rivers, streams and lakes
✓ Remove all weed from your boat, trailer, anchor and chain BEFORE launching and AFTER you return. ✓ Remove all plant material from items that have been in the water. ✓ Clean, soak or scrub all items for at least one minute in a 5 per cent solution of household detergent. Tip used detergent down the sink or on to dry ground. ✓ If cleaning isn’t practical, dry your gear completely and leave it for 48 hours before going to another waterway.
On the land
✓ Scrub soil and mud off vehicles, bikes, boots and other outdoor gear with detergent and hose off. ✓ Stay on defined tracks. ✓ Keep your dog on a leash. ✓ Don’t walk on kauri tree roots. And remember If you spot anything weird and unusual out on the water or in the bush, you can report sightings online waikatoregion.govt.nz/pollution or by giving us a call on 0800 800 401.
Fish farms are go Kua rite pai ngā pāmu ika Tender guidelines will soon be released for the North Island’s first sea-based fish farms, signalling a major milestone since the government announced the creation of a marine farming zone in waters off the western coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in 2011. Working alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries, Aquaculture New Zealand and Thames-Coromandel District Council, Waikato Regional Council has developed the guidelines to advise potential applicants of the availability of the 300 hectare fish farming space, how it will be released, and how consents can be obtained. Environmental sustainability is a major focus for council, with strict rules managing the environmental effects of fish farming on the marine environment. Twenty per cent of the Coromandel Marine Farming zone has been allocated to iwi and the remaining space, 240 hectares, will be released using a weighted attribute tender process. Tender bids will be evaluated against a range of criteria that focus on
maximising returns to the community and the economy, and a commitment to good environmental practices. Waikato Regional Council senior coastal policy advisor Graeme Silver says he’s expecting the space to draw significant interest. “The Coromandel already supports an established shellfish farming industry. More than 20 per cent of New Zealand’s green-lipped mussels and Pacific oysters are grown in the Firth of Thames and the waters around the islands and harbours of the peninsula. “Half the seafood eaten by people worldwide is farmed, not caught in the wild. Globally there is increasing demand for healthy seafood – that is, fish grown in clean seas like we have in our region.” Mr Silver says that as global populations continue to rise, the pressure on wild fish capture will not be sustainable over the long term. “Fish farming can be a very sustainable practice when it is wellmanaged, and it will provide real social and economic benefits.
Healthy Rivers/ Wai Ora: would double
swimmable sites in first 10 years
Over the next decade the number of sites suitable for swimming in the Waipā and Waikato Rivers is expected to double with the implementation of Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1. The proposed plan was publicly notified on 22 October 2016 and is now open for public submissions. It is the first step on an 80-year journey towards having the Waipā and Waikato rivers swimmable and safe for food collecting along their entire lengths. This level of swimmability is based on E.coli readings in the rivers, defined by the current National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. It illustrates clearly how what we do now to improve water quality in our rivers will determine the future state we leave them in for our children and their children. We have a window of opportunity to make these changes to improve the water quality in our rivers. If we do nothing now it will be much harder to fix in the future. To ensure everyone has time to read and fully understand the implications of the proposed plan, the council has allowed an extended period for public submissions, closing at 5pm, 8 March 2017. It is expected water quality will also be addressed for the rest of the region through progressive plan changes over the next few years.
Aquaculture is fast becoming one of the Coromandel’s biggest industries, making significant contributions to the region.” Waikato Regional Council will call for tenders for 240 hectares of the Coromandel Marine Farming Zone in the new year. Tenders will be weighed up against criteria including proposed environmental management practices and whether a proposal would contribute to social and economic wellbeing. The successful tenderer will then be able to apply to the regional council for resource consent.
FIRST DECADE OF CHANGE WILL LEAD TO • • • •
A 10 per cent improvement in nitrogen levels (except in the upper Waikato due to legacy effects). Double the number of swimmable sites based on current national policy statement E.coli criteria. A 10-fold increase in the number of sites swimmable based on clarity. A 30 per cent reduction in algal levels in the Waikato River.
KEY FOCUS AREAS • • • •
Getting more stock out of waterways. Restricting land use change for the first decade. Registration of rural properties over 2ha. Nitrogen discharge benchmarking, which will require holding current discharge levels. The highest dischargers will also need to reduce their discharges. Greater planning of land use activities tailored to each property through Farm Environment Plans. Prioritising sub-catchments for where we start work first, based on the current level of contaminants and the level we need to achieve over the next 80 years. Additional requirements for forestry harvesting. Management of direct discharges (point source) to the rivers.
We encourage all landowners in the Waipā and Waikato catchments to speak with their industry representatives and get informed about how the plan change will affect them.
EMAIL US: HEALTHYRIVERS@WAIKATOREGION.GOVT.NZ Your Waikato
TALK TO ONE OF THE TEAM: 0800 800 401
Through the submission process, we are hoping to reach workable solutions for everyone to – in the long term – solve the complex problem of water quality facing the Waipā and Waikato rivers. For more information and to make your submission on the proposed plan change, please visit waikatoregion.govt.nz/healthyrivers.
Increased bus services for Rototuna and Flagstaff He pahi anō mō te raki o Kirikiriroa From 4 January 2017 north Hamilton residents can take advantage of increased bus services in their neighbourhood. Public transport operations manager Andrew Wilson says the increases are a direct response to residents’ feedback for better bus services. “Initially we signalled new services would begin in 2018, but we recognised more needed to be done sooner, so we’ve worked hard on providing other options for residents in the area,” he says. The Rototuna Direct West (RDW) and Rototuna Direct East (RDE) routes will have more services in throughout the day from Monday to Friday, and will operate on weekends. The 4N Flagstaff North will also have more services during the day from Monday to Friday. Huntington residents will get more services, with the 30 Northerner route incorporated into the RDE and RDW services. This is stage two of planned improvements for the north Hamilton area, and we’d like to hear what you want to see for public transport in the future. Keep an eye out for information and feedback sessions in your community next year to have your say, or head to our website to fill in the survey: busit.co.nz.
Christmas and New Year timetable Te wātaka pahi mō te roanga o te wā kirihimete Christmas is upon us and if you’ve experienced the Christmas shopping traffic and parking issues in Hamilton before, get rid of the hassle and take a bus. Buses travel right to many shopping centres, and there’s no need to worry about parking. They’re fully accessible, air conditioned and have plenty of room for your shopping. The Oribiter and Northern Connector travel in to The Base; Westfield Chartwell has nine bus services stopping there, and most of the city’s 28 routes travel right into the CBD. For timetable changes and services over Christmas and New Year, check online: busit.co.nz, or call 0800 4 BUSLINE (0800 4 287 5463).
Catch the bus to Raglan Eke pahi ki Whāingaroa
Want to head to the beach this summer? Get there by bus. The popular Raglan bus service continues this summer, operating Monday to Saturday between Hamilton and Raglan, with Saturday services continuing from Raglan town to Manu Bay. Hamilton – Raglan (BUSIT card): Adult $6.20, Child $4.20 Raglan – Manu Bay: Adult $1.00, Child .50c
Did you know? BUSIT services carry around 4 million passengers in the Waikato each year. of passengers are satisfied with our bus service. of passengers use the bus daily. of passengers are satisfied with busit.co.nz, with 2.5 million visits each year.
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Summer safety – there’s no excuse! Raumati haumaru – Kāore he takunga
Ka tere te rere ō te tai A major milestone has been achieved in the mission to safeguard one of our nation’s taonga – the Hauraki Gulf, known by many as Tikapa Moana, and by some as Te Moananui ā Toi. A project overseen by a partnership between mana whenua and central and local government has been working on creating Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari, a non-statutory marine spatial plan designed to protect the Hauraki Gulf. The plan – at time of writing set for release at events in early December in Auckland and Thames – was developed through Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari’s collaborative Stakeholder Working Group after community engagement. It marked the culmination of three years’ intensive research and collaboration. Agencies involved in the project will now consider the plan’s suggestions and how they might implement them. Besides Waikato Regional Council, those agencies include Auckland Council, the Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries and the Hauraki Gulf Forum. Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari was initiated in late 2013 with the goal of working together to produce a marine spatial plan that would help secure a healthy, productive and sustainable future for the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana. This involves improving the understanding of the pressures facing the area, identifying long term solutions, providing increased certainty for the economic, cultural and social goals of its community, and ensuring the ecosystem functions that make those goals possible are sustained. For more details on Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan head online: seachange.org.nz.
Nurturing a love of science He poipoi i te kōingo pūtaiao
This summer Waikato Regional Council is one of nine regional councils taking a “no excuses” approach to safety. Maritime New Zealand’s No Excuses campaign supports the on-water patrol work our hardworking harbourmasters do. Patrollers will be taking no excuses when it comes to boaties who aren’t wearing a lifejacket or are travelling at an unsafe speed.
Baylee Kelepamu (far right) and Manawa Huirama (second from right) with whānau and Ngahuia Herangi (back) from the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board.
Some vessels sit unused over the winter months, so prepare for summer by checking your boat’s: • outboard • steering • bilge pumps • batteries • fuel and filters • navigation lights.
Check Lifejackets • Check straps for tears or fraying. • Check for any broken buckles. • Make sure the zip works. • For inflatable lifejackets, do a self-check to ensure it will work when you need it. Communications • Make sure your cell phone dry bag seals properly and has no holes. • Do a VHF radio check with Coastguard. • Do a self-check of your EPRIB/PLB (locating beacons). • Check the expiry date of your flares. Safety equipment • Check the expiry date of fire extinguishers. • Re-stock your first aid kit.
Make sure you know the ‘rules’ on the water by checking your local bylaw to make sure you understand what the navigation safety requirements are in your area. The bylaw sets out safe practices for people using the lakes, rivers and harbours for waterskiing, swimming, boating, kayaking or other water activities safely. For more information, head to our website: waikatoregion.govt.nz/navigation.
MarineMate A free app available for download on your smartphone, MarineMate gives you access to important information on tide times, boat ramp locations, local VHF channels and boating rules. You can also use this to check the local bylaws and navigation safety requirements before heading out.
Baylee Kelepamu and Manawa Huirama are tertiary students of Ngāti Maniapoto descent. They have returned to Waikato Regional Council for a second summer on internships to experience real-world environmental science. The internships allow the students to work side by side with scientists to see first-hand how science is applied to improve the environment which in the future will help them contribute to the trust’s work to protect their Tūpuna Awa. This opportunity highlights the partnership between Waikato Regional Council and Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and supports the vision of Ngāti Maniapoto to achieve cultural and social wellbeing, environmental sustainability and economic growth.
Regional council and community farewell Cr Lois Livingston
Ō Kaikaunihera WAIKATO
Phone: 021 192 4175 Email: jennie.hayman@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
NGĀ HAU E WHĀ
NGĀ TAI KI UTA
Phone: 021 194 1469 Email: fred.lichtwark@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
Ka Poroporoākitia a Cr Lois Livingston e te kaunihera Ā-Rohe me te hapori whānui
Phone: 027 450 8905 Email: kataraina.hodge@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
Phone: 021 919 398 Email: tipa.mahuta@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
NGĀ HAU E WHĀ Pop: 36,100 Seats: 1
Jane Hennebry Phone: 021 229 8591 Email: jane.hennebry@ waikatoregion.govt.nz BY-ELECTION TO BE HELD A by-election will be held next year to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Lois Livingston. Chief executive Vaughan Payne has signalled he will give notice of the by-election over the coming weeks, with nominations for the one seat in the Hamilton constituency to open in January. If more than one nomination is received, voters on the general roll in Hamilton will receive their voting packs in the mail during March. KEY DATES Nominations open: 10 January Nominations close: 7 February Voting packs posted: 14 March Voting closes: 12 noon, 5 April
THAMESCOROMANDEL Pop: 32,200 Seats: 1
WAIKATO Pop: 56,800 Seats: 2
Dal Minogue Phone: 021 729 870 or 07 866 2204 Email: dal.minogue@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
Huntly Morrinsville Raglan
HAMILTON Pop: 133,400 Seats: 4
WAIHOU Pop: 57,800 Seats: 2
NGĀ TAI KI UTA
Te Awamutu Otorohanga
Pop: 31,300 Seats: 1
Stuart Husband Phone: 027 233 0030 Email: stuart.husband@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
WAIPĀ - KING COUNTRY Pop: 59,900 Seats: 2
Hugh Vercoe Phone: 027 490 4406 Email: hugh.vercoe@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
TAUPŌ - ROTORUA Pop: 31,500 Seats: 1
Phone: 027 671 1434 Email: russ.rimmington@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
With the passing of Lois Livingston, Waikato Regional Council and the wider community have lost a very passionate and committed long-standing councillor, says council chairman Alan Livingston. Lois Livingston had been a regional councillor for 21 years since 1991 (except for 2007-2010) and held a variety of senior roles, including chair of the environment and public transport committees. She also chaired policy and plan changes, and resource consent hearings. “Councillors and staff were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Lois after ongoing health issues,” Mr Livingston said. “Lois was a great person to work with and a very committed and effective councillor. “She was consistently a strong advocate for the Waikato River and an expansion of public transport in particular, and held a passion for the arts and heritage in the city. “She had been very keen to carry on in her council role despite her health issues in recent years. She’ll be sorely missed by all of us.”
Christmas shutdown dates Ngā rā e kapi ai mō te kirihimete From everyone at Waikato Regional Council, we’d like to wish you a safe and happy festive season – meri kirihimete. All our offices will be closed from 3pm on Friday 23 December and will reopen at 8am on Wednesday 4 January. While our offices will be closed, you can call our Freephone 0800 800 401 any time to: • report air or water pollution
Phone: 021 991 071 Email: bob.simcock@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
Phone: 021 943 055 Email: stuart.kneebone@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
Phone: 027 572 0060 Email: alan.livingston@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
Phone: 021 676 947 Email: kathy.white@ waikatoregion.govt.nz
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• report unsafe water activities in or on a river, lake or harbour • make a general enquiry or information request.