Country-of-origin labelling finally passed

Country-of-origin labelling finally passed

Kiwis will finally be able to identify where their fruit and vege come from after the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Act passed its third reading in parliament yesterday. Consumer NZ head of research Jessica Wilson said the law change was a...
Health Warning Issued for Lake Okaro and Lake Rotoehu

Health Warning Issued for Lake Okaro and Lake Rotoehu

Health warnings have been issued for both Lake Okaro and Lake Rotoehu because of the presence of blooms of potentially toxic blue-green algae. Contact with water affected by blooms of blue-green algae can cause asthma and hayfever attacks in some individuals.  Contact...
Water supply resilience upgrade

Water supply resilience upgrade

The Whakatāne District Council has approved $260,000 of additional work on the water supply systems serving Ōhope and elevated residential areas of Whakatāne, to reduce the potential for future supply interruptions. The work to improve the resilience of the supply...
Further submissions sought on proposed District Plan change

Further submissions sought on proposed District Plan change

Further input is being sought on the submissions lodged on Proposed Plan Change 1 to the Whakatāne District Plan. The plan change seeks to alter the current zoning of part of the Awatarariki debris flow fanhead area at Matatā from residential to coastal reserve, to...
Civil Defence test this weekend

Civil Defence test this weekend

Apps, alerts and some fixed sirens will be tested this weekend, as Bay of Plenty Emergency Management carries out their second alerting test of the year. Director Clinton Naude said the focus for Sunday evening’s test is making sure that the systems and processes in...
Outdoor pool enclosure may be included in annual plan

Outdoor pool enclosure may be included in annual plan

A proposal to enclose the outdoor pool at the Whakatāne Aquatic and Fitness Centre will be considered as part of the Whakatāne District Council’s 2019/20 Annual Plan, provided the necessary external funding is secured to support the project. A final decision on the...