Waikato Tainui iwi say planned changes to the way lakes and rivers are managed under the Resource Management Act don’t reflect their status as co-managers of the Waikato River.
Proposed special freshwater hearing panels, to be overseen by a chief freshwater commissioner, will have one iwi representative among five panelists though the commissioner can appoint more members.
Waikato Tainui told a Parliamentary select committee they have not been consulted on the proposal and the panel make-up undermines the co-management principles that underpin their 2008 Treaty of Waitangi settlement. . .
Farmers in Waikato and South Auckland are increasingly worried by the drought-like conditions.
Waikato Primary Industry Adverse Event group has reported that milk production, forestry and water levels are down.
Ōhinewai Farmer and group chair Neil Bateup said farmers were prepared, but crunch time would be in a few weeks.
“They do have feed on hand and are into supplementary feeding animals now but I guess it’s a wait and see system from now on.” . .
Farmers look for water as foresters seek workers – Benn Bathgate:
Turnips the size of radishes and wilting maize have got Waikato farmers concerned about the dry conditions and the forestry sector says a shortage of workers has put them at greater danger of suffering from the heat too.
Waikato Regional Council said that a meeting of the Waikato Primary Industry Averse Event Cluster core group took place on Tuesday to review conditions and how farmers are coping, with group chair Neil Bateup warning “drought like conditions have been a feature of Waikato farming in recent summers”.
The group flagged falling milk production, and cited concerns for the forestry sector that plantings late last year might not survive the summer due to the small root base if there isn’t significant rain. . .
Sun-drenched Wairarapa is drying out, but what’s bad news for sheep farmers is great news for the region’s wineries.
Temperatures nearing the early 30s this week have complimented a gentle spring and warm summer nights.
Pip Goodwin, chief executive of Palliser Estate in Martinborough, said it would hopefully make up for the frosts which limited last year’s harvest. . .
The New Zealand Rural Games expects a few more four-legged visitors this year.
It supports animal welfare organisations Retired Working Dogs, Greyhounds as Pets, Life After Racing and Canine Friends Pet Therapy Dogs, which will be at the games in a bid to raise their profiles.
Games founder Steve Hollander said they will bring a new dimension to the event.
“Dogs and horses are a huge part of many successful farms and families and have been for generations. I’m thrilled that we’ve had sponsors come on board to help each of these charities to raise their public profile during the games,” he said. . .
Waikato Stud remains on top of the New Zealand breeding world after again bagging top honours at Karaka:
The Matamata farm was the leading vendor again at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 1 National Yearling Sale for the seventh consecutive year.
Waikato Stud consigned 71 yearlings, selling 59 at an aggregate of $9.9million.
Its top priced lot was the Savabeel colt out of Magic Dancer, Lot 79, which was purchased by Te Akau’s David Ellis for $800,000. . .