October 2020 media releases

Council and kiwifruit industry collaborate to control pest plant

30 October - A new agreement has confirmed a decade of action against the pest plant wild kiwifruit as part of the efforts to control its spread in the Bay of Plenty.

Kaituna wetlands getting a helping hand

27 October - When New Zealand went into Level 4 lockdown earlier this year, James van der Maas was in Florida about to board another cruise ship – he had been a musician travelling the world for almost six years aboard luxury cruise lines.

Managing our way through drought conditions in the Bay of Plenty

27 October - As you would have seen, our region has experienced an exceptionally dry period over the last 12 months. In fact, although there has been some rain, the region has only received 60-80 per cent of our usual rainfall so far this year. 

Warmer temps likely contributor for algal bloom in Lake Rotorua

23 October - The combination of the recent warmer temperatures and an out of action dosing plant has likely contributed to a potentially toxic algae bloom in Lake Rotorua.

Getting our heads together on Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Assessment

20 October - Representatives from across the Bay of Plenty gathered in Te Puke yesterday [subs 19 October 2020], to start work on developing a plan for climate change adaptation and building climate resilience in our Bay of Plenty communities. 

Flood protection projects kick off construction season

The commencement of flood protection projects on the lower Rangitāiki has signaled the start of the 2020 construction season for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council engineering team.

Fund helps locals weed out pests

13 October - Six Matakana Island locals are walking the length of their motutere to help restore its flora with help from the Provincial Growth Fund.

Kia Kaha Whakatane – Contributing to flood defence resilience and road safety

6 October - Kia Kaha Whakatāne contractors will be contributing to flood defence resilience and road safety this week when they remove trees and some vegetation encroaching on a section of Arawa Road stopbank and roadside.

Kaituna River Re-diversion project receives second award for excellence

2 October - The Kaituna River Re-diversion and Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi / Maketū Estuary Enhancement Project was announced this week as the 2020 winner of the Terry Healy Coastal Project Award from the New Zealand Coastal Society (NZCS).

Ziwi Limited sentencing hearing occurring on Monday 5 October

1 October - A sentencing hearing for Ziwi Limited will take place at Tauranga District Court on Monday 5 October 2020. It is scheduled to start at 10am.