Waikato ratepayers are tapped for environmental project that made headlines when war broke out

January 22, 2015

Alf observes with some bemusement another cost heaped on residents of the Waikato.

They will be pouring more money into Maungataurari Ecological Island, described by the local newspaper as “”the jewel in the region’s environmental crown”.

But it is struggling financially and regional councillors have come to its assistance.

Not with their money, obviously. Nope. Ratepayers’ money.

Discussion on funding for the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust (MEIT) resumed yesterday at Waikato Regional Council talks on the 2015-2025 Draft Long Term Plan.

Debate raged over two days but councillors voted 9 to 5, to commit $300,000 each year to the wildlife refuge for three years.

New information delayed proceedings overnight and when the MEIT annual report was presented, it showed an organisation “living hand-to-mouth”.

Their financial report for the year ending June 2014 showed income was down more than $450,000 on the previous year. This was due in part to the Sirocco effect – the famed kakapo who enticed visitors through the gates to the value of $200,000.

There was a $123,000 cash surplus from operations and, in the annual report, accountant Graham Scott said MEIT was heavily reliant on regional and central government funding.

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Keeping fit between the sheets – survey finds one in five Poms get their exercise from sex

February 14, 2013
As good as a gymnasium.

As good as a gymnasium.

It’s jogging for some Kiwis, golf for some, or simply taking a brisk walk.

But Alf suspects that the British experience, when it comes to exercise, is by and large replicated in this country too.

If this be so, it means a significant number of us do our exercising (a) in bed and (b) in the buff by (c) indulging in good old-fashioned rumpy-pumpy.

The source of this intelligence is to be found here.

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The cautionary tale of a land owner who has been fleeced of $11,000 for failing to deal with a pest

May 10, 2011

Pretty? Pretty expensive, actually.

Alf has instructed Mrs Grumble to check out the family patch here in Eketahuna North to ensure there is no hint we might be harbouring Solanum mauritianum.

He is urging his constituents to make similar checks.

This rascal goes under many other names, most notably woolly nightshade.

But it is also known as tobacco weed, flannel weed and kerosene plant.

And as some poor bugger in the Waikato has just found out, the authorities are gunning for woolly nightshade but want their ratepayers to do the eradicating.

They will be penalised if they ignore it.

Actually, Alf had never heard of woolly nightshade until this morning.

But he was alerted after a court ruling confirmed the powers and actions of the Waikato Regional Council to undertake pest plant control and bill property owners if they fail to carry out such work to the required standard of the regional pest management strategy.

The regional council seems chuffed today after winning a case brought by a landowner who had woolly nightshade on his property near Pokeno.

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