Waikato authorities are alarmed at the numbers of people flouting national direction by going out on the water in boats and other vessels.
Waikato Regional Council’s harbourmasters have reported seeing people in launches and yachts, some trailer boats and kayaks in waters off the region’s east and west coasts in recent days.
“Boat ramps remain open for the sole purpose of enabling commercial fishing vessels and boats like ours to go onto the water,” said Waikato Regional Council chief executive Vaughan Payne.
"They are not for recreational water users wanting to escape lockdown.”
Waikato Region Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Controller Julian Snowball said the reasons people can leave their home have been made repeatedly clear.
“Don’t go where you might need rescuing. We need to make sure our emergency services are available to help those in the greatest need.
“We’re not trying to be killjoys. What we are trying to do is save lives, and this blatant disregard for others is putting themselves and others at risk,” Mr Snowball said.
“Stay at home. Only leave if you’re accessing an essential service, working in one, or exercising.
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Kia ora Waikato, it's time to dust off that old camera, get out and about and show the rest of your neighbours your favourite, treasured spots in your region. It could be an awesome view, the shy wildlife or even the old buildings that are wanting their stories to be told.
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Hi neighbours! Thames-Coromandel District Council this week announced that their proposed rates increase of 9.98 per cent was looking to reduce to around 4.98 per cent for the next financial year (2020/21).
Council said it managed to reduce capital and operational spending, largely due to Covid-19.
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