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2008-10-09 15:00:37

By NEEMS, Jeff; BRENNAN, Nicola Wild spring weather contributed to a car crash, caused surface flooding and cut power to some parts of the Waikato yesterday. Elsewhere in the North Island, winds of up to 165km/h thwarted travel plans for many, damaged roofs and windows, and contributed to the death of a Dunedin woman on Mt Taranaki. Environment Waikato emergency officer Adam Munro said wind gusts of up to 50km/h were recorded in the higher reaches of the Coromandel and around...

2008-10-09 15:00:09

Coromandel Iwi are to receive part of a $97 million Government payment to settle aquaculture space allocation reached in 2004. The Crown had until 2014 to provide the iwi with the equivalent of 20 per cent of aquaculture space created between 1992 and 2004, or the financial equivalent. (c) 2008 Waikato Times. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-10-08 15:00:38

A 19-year-old Kihikihi man injured in a fatal car crash in Te Awamutu last Tuesday is now recovering in Waikato Hospital. The 23- year-old passenger in the unwarranted, unregistered Mazda, Matthew McDonald, died at the scene. (c) 2008 Waikato Times. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-10-08 15:00:20

Environment Waikato has awarded $19,500 to the Moehau Environment Group (MEG) to help with the conservation of a nationally important Coromandel wetland area. MEG is an organisation working to protect the northern Coromandel Peninsula's natural environment. The money will help the group survey the condition of the wetlands, particularly the extent of invasive weeds, around Waikawau Bay, between Kennedy Bay and Port Charles. The 62ha Waikawau Bay wetlands have high ecological and conservation...

2008-10-07 15:00:28

By RASMUSSEN, Warwick We want our international flights to continue out of Hamilton - we just want more of them at better times and at cheaper prices. That was the clear message from dozens of readers who responded to Saturday's Waikato Times report that Hamilton airport might lose its international status if passenger numbers don't improve. Annette Tofaeono said she used to fly Freedom Air out of Hamilton to visit family on the Gold Coast, but now flew Emirates out of Auckland. The...

2008-10-07 15:00:28

The Waikato Times revealed that international passenger numbers at Hamilton airport have nosedived over the past year. We asked readers why they weren't using the service? Below are a selection of responses: Paul Smith: It is all about the price of air travel. Why fly out of Hamilton when you can save a couple of hundred dollars by going from Auckland? You can stay a night at a hotel and they will look after your car for up to a fortnight, and take you and pick you up from the airport for...

2008-10-03 15:00:22

All us pro-mining people should vote for a change of government this year. The National Party have plans to change our Resource Management Act and other legislation to make it easy for their friends in big business to do what they want in our lovely country. To achieve the maximum gold and silver production, minerals and mining companies need to get rid of anti-mining impediments so they can carry on with their plans to excavate all the gold they have been prospecting for recently - from...

2008-10-02 15:00:44

The recent passing of the emissions trading scheme legislation should cause many readers grave concern. If, as believed by organisers of a protest meeting at Pukekohe, the upgrading of the Glenbrook steel mill is threatened by the law change, $4 million per week could be lost to the district. Here in Huntly, miners should be concerned that a major purchaser of Huntly coal could close within a relatively short time. In both the Hunua and Waikato electorates, I urge readers to raise...

2008-09-30 15:00:31

By MONAHAN, Kate; IRVINE, Denise The Waikato River used to be a place for swimming and gathering food. Now its waters are murky and tainted. What can be done? Kate Monahan and Denise Irvine report. -------------------- EEL FISHERMAN Mike Holmes opens up the throttle on his 4m tinny, and speeds up the Waikato River. The bow rears up, cutting a path through the translucent green water near Ohaaki, 30km northeast of Taupo. A few metres below the surface, the black silt bottom is...

2008-09-25 15:00:28

Consent applications have been approved for a new bridge and causeway at Raglan West. The bridge, proposed by the Raglan Land Company, will replace the existing one-lane structure connecting the Rangitahi Peninsula and the headland of Opotoru Rd. Environment Waikato and Waikato District Council commissioners recently held joint hearings on the applications, but each council considered consents specific to its areas of responsibility. Various concerns were raised about the project,...