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Waikato Regional Council

The Waikato Regional Council is the local authority responsible for the entire Waikato Region. The council’s boundaries stretch from Port Waikato and the Bombay Hills in the North to Mt Ruapehu in the South. East to West the boundary covers the Coromandel Peninsula to Mokau. There are 10 smaller councils within the boundary that report to the WRC. The main urban centre in the region is Hamilton city.

The overarching objectives of the Waikato Regional council are to manage and protect the natural resources of the Waikato. Economic, Social, Lifestyle and Development factors are all take in to account to make the best use of resources, while preserving use for future generations.

Waikato Regional Council Contact Details

Phone: 0800 800 401 (24 hour line for anything from general enquiries to emergencies)

Email: info@waikatoregion.govt.nz

Locations: There are 4 office locations in Hamilton, Paeroa, Whitianga and Taupo. Call the number above for more information.

Regional Council Responsibilities

Here is a great video that explains more about what the Waikato Regional Council does:

With over 100 lakes, water resource management is a big part of what the Waikato council does. The region have over 20 rivers including the Waikato river, which is New Zealand’s largest. There are over 1000km of coastlines and waterways to protect from issues like flooding and pollution.

But its not just waterways the the council manages. The Waikato region is the fourth largest land area in New Zealand, and covers native bush, forestry and thousands of kilometres of coastline. A key role of the council is pest eradication to protect native wildlife.

Facilitating regional development is another important function of the Waikato Regional Council. Farming and dairy are a big part of the regions economy, and indeed the country’s as a whole. Again, water plays a big part in the farming industry and it must be managed to balance economic and recreational use.

Other roles the council plays are planning for and issuing resource consents. It works in tandem with the Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council and others to cater for this. The council is also responsible for Civil Defence and natural disasters.