There is currently an Amber alert toxic algae warning in place for Waikanae River at Jim Cooke Park and immediately downstream to the Expressway Bridge due to high levels of toxic algae being observed.
We recommend keeping your dog away from the river because toxic algae represents a very real risk to human and animal health. 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/