In part one of our report on Horizons council, we looked at the history of fines and prosecutions against farmers, but little or none against district councils, which, according to its records, have been polluting waterways for years.
Here’s John Watson with part two of this exclusive report.
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Dirty dairying has been a focus in the media of late, but little attention has been paid to councils responsible for wastewater treatment plants, which treat urban sewage and discharge it to both land and waterways.
After last week announcing widespread reforms around the resource management Act, the Government has turned its attention to freshwater.
Farmers in the Waikato say they are more prepared as a result of the 2008 drought, but some external factors affect just how they cope in handling this year's big dry. John Watson reports.
The North Island drought has officially been recognised by the Government, with Nathan Guy announcing on Wednesday morning further areas will have access to funding and support.
A year after its introduction, identification and tracing scheme NAIT is now inclusive of deer.
The Northland Regional Council is denying claims it needs to do more to prevent dirty dairying, after figures showed Northland farmers have the highest rates of FDE non-compliance in the country. John Watson has more.
It’s official, Northland is a drought zone, Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy making the announcement on a Dargaville farm on Wednesday afternoon.
After new water regulations announced last week, dairy farmers who face increasing costs are being offered a helping hand by two industry giants.
Farmers in the Waikato met on Friday afternoon to discuss the worsening drought situation there – after an extremely dry start to 2013 has compounded the problems of late last year.
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