Health warning issued for Waihī Estuary at Pukehina
A health warning has been issued for Waihī Estuary
at Pukehina because of a bloom of potentially toxic algae.
The algae are forming mats in the shallow areas of the
estuary and these may float free and spread through the
Contact with toxic algae can cause asthma,
hayfever attacks and skin rashes. If swallowed it may cause
stomach upsets, headaches, tingling around the mouth, and in
severe cases, muscle paralysis and difficulty breathing.
“The health warning means that people should avoid any
activity which involves contact with the water in Waihī
Estuary at Pukehina,” says Dr Neil de Wet, Medical Officer
of Health. “Algal mats may also accumulate along the
shoreline of the estuary and around its mouth and so it’s
especially important that parents ensure that children avoid
contact with these mats as they may be toxic.”
“Shellfish accumulate the toxin and so it’s advised
that shellfish are not collected from anywhere in Waihī
Estuary or the estuary mouth,” says Dr de Wet.
Dogs are particularly at risk and should be kept away
from the shoreline or areas where algal mats may accumulate.
Elsewhere in New Zealand this type of algal bloom has
resulted in deaths of dogs that have eaten algal mats or
drunk affected water.
Up-to-date information on this
health warning and others for the Bay of Plenty and Lakes
districts is available through these channels:
Phone: 0800 221 555
• Website: www.toiteora.govt.nz/health_warnings
Email alerts for subscribers: www.toiteora.govt.nz/alert
© Scoop Media
PM's Statement: Deadly Eruption Of Whakaari / White Island
At this stage, we can confirm that amongst those currently listed as missing or injured are New Zealanders who were part of the tour operation, and tourists from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. That is to the best of our knowledge.
To those who have lost or are missing family and friends, we share in your unfathomable grief at this moment in time, and in your sorrow. Your loved ones stood alongside kiwis who were hosting you here. We grieve with you, and we grieve with them... More>>
RNZ Updates: Police Confirm Criminal Investigation
Speaking at a media conference late this afternoon, deputy police commissioner John Tims said the terms of reference for the investigation will be decided on in the next few days...
Ministry of Health spokesperson Pete Watson said 25 of the 31 people injured by the eruption are in burns units in Christchurch, Hutt Valley, Waikato and Middlemore Hospitals. More>>
Gordon Campbell: On The Eruption And Tourism Safety
Adventure tourism is a central theme in New Zealand tourism, and by definition, adventure always includes a certain level of risk. That said, New Zealand itself is also at risk of being seen as a tourism destination where commercial factors – rather than safety factors – are routinely allowed to determine the point where the boundary line of acceptable risk is being drawn. More>>