Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Drought declared for Horizons Region

Drought declared for Horizons Region

Drought has been officially declared for the Horizons Region and Horizons Regional Council chairman Bruce Gordon says his council’s committed to supporting those communities affected.

“While there is still little rain forecast, this declaration goes some way towards assuring farmers that they’re not in it alone. It reiterates the message that the situation is severe and could have a lasting economic impact,” Mr Gordon says.

“We all have a part to play in preserving our water resources, whether we’re in town or on the farm, and as a council we are doing what we can to ensure people and stock have access to essential water supplies.”
Horizons’ monitoring data shows some of the region’s rivers have dropped to their lowest levels in over 30 years, with 70 per cent of those with consents to take surface water on partial or full restriction.

The Makakahi Stream near Eketahuna is at its lowest since records began in 1979 and the Whanganui River is at a 35 year low in parts.

Mr Gordon says Horizons staff have been putting extra effort into ensuring the accuracy of river gaugings and flow information so water can be used when it becomes available.

“We are keeping a very close eye on our region’s rivers and streams. When water is available for irrigation we need to be able to pass this information on to our communities as soon as possible, we also need to act quickly to implement restrictions in times of minimum flows to preserve river health,” he says.

Information about water restrictions and river flows is available via the Watermatters section of Horizons’ website www.horizons.govt.nz in close to real-time.

Horizons is also working closely with Federated Farmers, DairyNZ and other organisations involved in drought-management and its rural advice team is on hand via toll free number 0508 800 800 to assist with practical solutions and advice.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greek Riddles:
Gordon Campbell On The Recent Smackdown Over Greece

There had been a fortnight of fevered buildup. Yet here we are in the aftermath of the February 28 showdown between the new Syriza government in Greece and the European Union “troika” and… no-one seems entirely sure what happened. Did the asteroid miss Earth?

It seems to have. The EU still exists. Syriza is now claiming a victory of sorts. It doesn’t help that the only people who do appear to be sure (the Greeks buckled) are claiming the exact opposite to what the other group (the Greeks won!) are saying. Plus, there are bets either way e.g. Bloomberg News: “Its too early to say who caved in to whom.” More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news