Hamilton City Council draft Plan; free talk “Optimal Profit – Minimal Footprint Dairy Farming”

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Hamilton City Council draft Plan

consultation period runs from today (19 March 2012) until 19 April 2012

Every three years all Councils must provide a detailed plan setting out their programme for the next 10 years, how much it will cost and what it will deliver to the city. Hamilton is a great place to live and work, and we are a significant city within New Zealand.

However as a city Hamilton is facing significant financial challenges. 

Hamilton’s draft Plan is about living within our means, getting debt under control, returning to surplus and providing for our growing city in a sustainable way. It is about getting the city and its finances back on track.

The draft Plan is a new direction for the city and HCC want to know if you think they’ve got it right. Please share your views - submissions close on Thursday 19 April 2012.

To read the Summary draft Plan and Full draft Plan, click here.


Talk: Farming within the Lakes and the Waikato Catchment in Mind

“Optimal Profit – Minimal Footprint Dairy Farming”

10am-1.30pm, Friday 30 March 2012

Venue: Andrew and Jenny Hayes’ property at Lake Road, Horsham Downs

Free , however RSVP to michelle.kingi@waikatoregion.govt.nz before 26 March 2012

Andrew and Jenny farm on 90Ha at Horsham Downs on a miz of peat and clay soils. Lakes Kaituna and Komakorau wrap around the base of the farm. For many years the Hayes’ focus has been restoration of the lakes. Their farm system is designed to reduce longer term affects on the lakes and the receiving catchment. Smart practices focus on efficency in every area of the business. A profitable yet simple enterprise is part of the overall farming picture. The Hayes run a strong business: their milk solids per hectare, per cow and pasture harvest are in the top 5% of Waikato dairy farms, and by way of minimal nitrogen addition . Their farming footprint is aproximately 30% lower than the average. How is this achieved?


  • Andrew Hayes
  • Alison Dewes (Headlands Consultant)
  • Bob Pender (Waikato River Authority)
  • Professor David Hamilton and Bex Eivers (University of Waikato)
  • Mike O’Conner (soil scientist)

Lunch provided

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