The ongoing discharge of raw sewage into the Waitematā Harbour from the recent sink hole and main sewer pipe blockage means many beaches in the city are not safe for recreation.

The public health advice is:

  • Sewage contains pathogens that can be harmful to both humans and animals, and these pathogens can accumulate in shellfish.
  • Shellfish collection should not occur in the contaminated areas for at least 28 days.
  • Stay up to date with information on Safeswim, and keep yourself, children and any pets away from contaminated areas.
  • There is a potential likelihood you can get infected if you have an open sore or an open wound if you come into contact with contaminated water. You can also get infected through your eyes, ears and nose.
  • If swallowed, contaminated water can cause gastroenteritis. In most cases, people will recover from nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea without having to seek medical treatment. You can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or your GP for advice and information on what to do next.

Public Health has increased its monitoring for diseases like gastroenteritis in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Visit Watercare for updates on the situation.

Visit Safeswim for water quality and swimming conditions.


For health advice call Healthline for free anytime on 0800 611 116
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