There is currently an amber alert toxic algae caution in place for the Pakuratahi River at Kaitoke Campground due to an observed increase in toxic algae.
Toxic algae represents a very real risk to human and animal health. At this location we advise:
- Exercising caution if swimming, especially if you have young children that may put things in their mouth.
- Keeping dogs on leads and away from the river’s edge. Most importantly do not let them scavenge anything from the riverbank.
If you have been in contact with toxic algae and are feeling unwell see your doctor or ring Healthline 0800 611 116. If you think your dog has swallowed toxic algae, take it to the nearest vet IMMEDIATELY.
To remind yourself what toxic algae looks like see https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/potentially-toxic-algae/ or https://www.gw.govt.nz/environment/freshwater/swimming-water-quality/toxic-algae/