March 2023 media releases

Prosecution shows importance of correct effluent management practices

1 March - Two Aongatete farmers have been convicted and fined a total of $28,000 for discharging dairy shed effluent to land where it entered a tributary of the Aongatete estuary. 

Speed key concern in navigation safety bylaws feedback

Safer speed limits in recreational areas, the future of current ski zones and a buoyed swim lane in Pilot Bay were shot topics as part of the Regional Council’s Navigation Safety Bylaws review.

Restoration of Tarawera awa focus for new Treaty co-governance group

The Tarawera Awa Restoration Strategy Group (TARSG) had its inaugural hui in Whakatāne on Tuesday 28 February.

Project to support Ohiwa Harbour’s waterways reveals at-risk indigenous fish species

A project to improve connectivity between the waterways around the Ōhiwa Harbour, and increase freshwater fish populations, has uncovered the presence of threatened and at-risk indigenous species.  

Rural school now has a sustainable watering system thanks to Regional Council funding

With the help of a new rainwater tank, Oropi School will be able to keep their fruit and vege plants hydrated – even with no one around.