December 2020 media releases

$58,000 handed down in fines for dairy effluent discharges in the Bay of Plenty

18 December - A farm manager’s and farm owner’s failures to properly manage dairy effluent discharges at a Bay of Plenty farm have led to prosecution and a combined total of $58,100 in fines, $23,450 and $34,650 respectively.

Bylaws adopted to protect people, properties and livelihoods

17 December - The Bay of Plenty Regional Council today voted to adopt the Flood Protection and Drainage Bylaws 2020, bringing to fruition an 18-month-long process of consultation, review, submissions and hearings.

Bay of Plenty streams dropping despite November rain

17 December - Dry conditions across the Bay of Plenty region this year are causing stream flows levels to drop, before the traditionally dry months of summer have even arrived.

Papamoa Hills multi-million dollar upgrade approved

15 December - Bay of Plenty Regional Council today approved the concept design stage of a major upgrade for Te Rae o Pāpāmoa / Pāpāmoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park. 

Jobs for Nature funding accelerates freshwater improvement in Bay of Plenty

15 December - Freshwater improvement efforts in four key catchments areas of the Bay of Plenty will be scaled up and accelerated thanks to an injection of $3 million funding from the Jobs for Nature programme, announced Ministry for the Environment and Bay of Plenty Regional Council today.

Surge in Bay of Plenty electric vehicle registration

4 December - The number of light electric vehicles registered in the Bay of Plenty region continues to grow with 647 on the roads at the end of 2019.

Strong praise for Regional Council following independent review

8 December - Experienced and balanced elected members, competent staff motivated to serve the public, and strong iwi partnerships are three areas highlighted in the CouncilMARK™ Independent Assessment Board's (IAB) latest report on the performance of Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Protecting our natives, one Thornton kanuka at a time

7 December - Two men are ensuring a coastal site of high ecological value will be preserved for future generations along Thornton Beach.

Volunteers crucial part of Bay environmental work

6 December - Each year thousands of volunteers lend a hand to Bay of Plenty Regional Council to ensure the local environment is looked after and protected for the future.