Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Detected faecal matter closes popular swimming spot

11:44 am today

Anusha Bradley, Hawke's Bay Reporter


A popular swimming family spot in Napier has been closed after high levels of faecal matter were detected.

Pandora Pond which has been closed due to high levels of feacal matter detected this week. Photo: RNZ / Anusha Bradley

Warning signs have been put up around Pandora Pond advising swimmers not to enter the water.

Hawke's Bay's District Health Board medical officer of health, Nicholas Jones, said the regional council had identified high levels of bacteria in the water from samples taken this week.

"People should not swim, or undertake any other water-based recreational activities in Pandora Pond until further notice."

Doing so risked infections of the stomach, skin, eyes and ears, Dr Jones said.

Napier City Council said organisers planning upcoming events at the pond are being notified.

The Pandora Splash Zone's inflatable water playground would also be closed until further notice.

Napier City Council's director of infrastructure, John Kingsford, said there had been no known discharges of wastewater into the pond that could have caused the high reading.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council water quality technician Shane Gilmer said the high reading was picked up in a regular weekly sample. Staff have since done two consecutive re-samples, which have been sent away for testing. Results were expected in the next 48 hours.

When sampling the pond this week he noticed the water was very discoloured, he said.

"Generally as a handy guide - if people can't see their toes when standing in knee-deep water, then water-quality is not the best for a swim."

Mr Gilmer said there had been rain within the catchment in the last week which had contributed to surface water run-off, which then entered the estuary.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit & Huawei Clusterfudges

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top. More>>


UN Rights Declaration At 70: We Are All Born Free And Equal

On Article 1 of the UDHR: Dignity is the foundation of all human rights. Human beings have rights, and should be treated with utmost care, precisely because each one possesses intrinsic worth. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The (Delayed) Judgment Day For Theresa May

When under stress, British PM Theresa May reportedly eats peanut butter straight from the jar. Crunch time is looming... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Politely Fake Political Obituaries (And The Paris Discord)

One unfortunate side effect of “personality politics” is that when prominent politicians die, the niceties we observe at the death of private individuals get automatically extended to them as well... More>>


Unique And Vanishing: NZ Biodiversity Losses Match Global Crisis

One might think that it is buffered from some of the effects of biological erosion, especially since people only arrived less than 800 years ago. But as we show, the impact on wildlife has been catastrophic. More>>

Your Name Here(ish): Sponsor A Section On! has just launched Section Sponsorships - the newest way for you to gain exposure for your brand to Scoop’s high value audience of 500,000 monthly readers. More>>