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Toxic algae update 5 Jan 2021

With little rain and the weather remaining fine, warnings remain in place for the Waipoua River from Paierau Road to the Ruamahanga confluence (this includes the Masterton City area), and the Pakuratahi River at the Kaitoke camp ground in the Kaitoke Regional Park.

Children should be kept away from water in these sites and dogs should be kept on a lead.

Given the rapid growth of toxic algae, and its potential change in coverage between weekly monitoring points, people are also urged to know what it looks like.

Check out information signs around popular swimming holes and visit Greater Wellington’s Is it Safe to Swim? website and its Facebook page for more information about, and images of, toxic algae.