News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Health warning lifted for Whakatane River by Ruatoki Bridge

Health warning lifted for Whakatane River around Ruatoki Bridge

The health warning in place since February for Whakatane River, near Ruatoki Bridge, in the Eastern Bay of Plenty has been lifted.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr Phil Shoemack says “monitoring of the river performed by Bay of Plenty Regional Council confirms that the problem associated with the potentially toxic algae has subsided.”

Despite the lifting of the warning Dr Shoemack advises that the public should always be alert for signs of algal mats in the river. Dr Shoemack advises people to make their own visual assessment of the river and stay out of the river if black and brown algal mats are found covering large areas of the river bed.

The algal mats were caused by cyanobacteria, which are sometimes known as blue-green algae. These algae have the potential to produce toxins which can be harmful to people and animals.

Monitoring will continue and any changes in advice will be communicated accordingly. The public can obtain up-to-date information on health warnings for the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts through these channels:

• Phone: 0800 221 555
• Website: www.ttophs.govt.nz/health_warnings
• Twitter: www.twitter.com/ttophs

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: Singin’ In The Rain

Singin’ in the Rain , the wet and wonderful musical production all the way from London’s West End, officially opened at St. James Theatre in Wellington. More>>

Francis Cook: Gallipoli: The Scale Of Our War – First Look

Te Papa today allowed media access to their new exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War . The exhibition was curated with help from Weta Workshop to deliver an immersive, realistic and even disorienting experience. More>>

ALSO:

Bats Theatre: Letters From The Front Brings ANZAC Letters Alive

Inspired by centenary commemorations, improv troupe Best on Tap is producing a show based on real-life letters sent to and from New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. More>>

ALSO:

Publishing: Unity Books On Plan To Close Te Papa Press

Unity Books is alarmed that Te Papa is proposing to suspend publishing by Te Papa Press for 4 or 5 years. Te Papa Press has proven time and time again that it has both award and bestseller capability and fulfils its kaupapa. More>>

ALSO:

Cinema: ‘The Desk’ Featuring Paul Henry To Have NZ Debut

The Documentary Edge Festival is thrilled to announce The Desk as a late entry to its 2015 Programme. The film, featuring local broadcaster Paul Henry, will have its international premiere on May 21 at 10pm at Q Theatre (book now at qtheatre.co.nz) with limited screenings also on offer in Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Art: Considering Feminisms In Aotearoa New Zealand: Two Projects

Feminism is something that has changed our lives. Recently, the activist Marilyn Waring reviewed the impact of feminism in Aotearoa New Zealand and reminded us that just 40 years ago banks wouldn’t lend women money without the guarantee of a man, ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news