Aerial View of Hamilton

Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council manages land, water, soil, air, coastal and geothermal resources in the central North Island of New Zealand. Work includes:

  • environmental regulation, education, consultation and coordination
  • managing water quality, river control and coastal activities
  • controlling possums and other pests
  • preparing for civil defence emergencies
  • coordinating land transport in the Waikato area.

Vision for the Waikato region

The Waikato cares locally, competes globally.


Working together to build a Waikato region that has a healthy environment, strong economy and vibrant communities.


Waikato Regional Council will focus attention on these seven priority areas, while continuing to deliver on our business as usual work.

  • Support communities to take action on agreed outcomes.
  • Forge and strengthen partnerships to achieve positive outcomes for the region.
  • Positively influence future land use choices to ensure long term sustainability.
  • Manage freshwater more effectively to maximise regional benefit.
  • Increase communities’ understanding of risks and resilience to change.
  • Enhance the value of the region’s coasts and marine area.
  • Shape the development of the region so it supports our quality of life.