Fouling of the Manawatu River – a city council gets away with it while farmers are prosecuted

September 20, 2011

Much further upstream you might find the Tui girls - if you're lucky.

Andrew Hoggard – good bloke, by the way – is bang on when he calls for councils to be treated the same as farmers if they breach their resource consents.

He’s the president of Manawatu-Rangitikei Federated Farmers and was commenting on the outrageous revelations that Palmerston North City Council’s sewage treatment plant has failed to comply with conditions for discharging wastewater into the Manawatu River since it opened in 2003.

But the bloody regional council – which would pounce if a farmer had muddied the river – has not bothered to prosecute the city council.

Hoggard at least can now demonstrate that farmers aren’t the only culprits when it comes to polluting the river.

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Tararua District goes to work on the jobs issue

March 15, 2009

Here’s an initiative involving the Tararua District Council worthy of support by North Eketahuna folk (and certainly endorsed by their hard-working member).

Businesses and industry in Palmerston North, Tararua, Kapiti, Horowhenua and Wairarapa are being invited to a Regional Employment Summit to get a picture on what is happening in the current economic climate and what is likely to happen in the local economy.

The summit is being hosted by the four Economic Development Agencies, Vision Manawatu, Tararua District Council, Nature Coast Enterprise, Wairarapa Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Social Development and will be held at the Palmerston North Convention Centre on Monday 6 April 2009.

The purpose of the summit is to give business owners, industry and stakeholders an up to date picture of the global, national and local situation and the expectations and opportunities for our region.

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