A Putaruru dairy farmer warned he would leave the area because of pylons planned for his property. One is planned 100m from the home of Peter Verderne (pictured) – part of the North Island grid update.
Construction on pylons in the South Waikato began in October.
A crackdown on drivers by police around the South Waikato helped cut the road toll in the first part of the year.
Operation Trench saw police pulling over drivers more than 5km above the speed limit. The operation helped prevent any road deaths in the district between November and early March.
South Waikato cheesemakers big and small won at the world cheese championships in Wisconsin.
Over the Moon won two best in class awards while the Fonterraowned Lichfield cheese factory won a silver medal.
Both organisations had already tasted success at the national cheese awards.