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Waikato Regional Council

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Waikato Regional Council

The Waikato Regional Council is a local government body. We help communities, industry and other groups in New Zealand's Waikato region to live and work with natural resources.

Our activities help look after our region's water, soil, air, geothermal areas and coasts - so we can all enjoy these precious resources for generations to come.

The people of the Waikato region are represented by 14 elected council members. These representatives work in committees and make decisions and/or recommendations on a variety of matters which are then reported to or decided on by the full council once a month.

Waikato Regional Council's six strategic priorities in our 10-year strategy are:

  • water
  • climate
  • biodiversity and biosecurity
  • coastal and marine
  • sustainable infrastructure
  • transport connections

Our work and functions include:

  • regional planning and leadership
  • regional civil defence
  • regional land transport
  • managing the effects of activities on air, soil, coastal and water resources
  • regional research and investigation
  • flood control and drainage
  • animal and plant pest control
  • environmental education.

Our vision is ‘The mighty Waikato: Caring for our place, empowering our people.’

Our purpose is ‘working together for a Waikato region that has a healthy environment, strong economy and vibrant communities’.