Kia tūpato whanau
UPDATE: 7.30PM WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER:
Choppy conditions meant our environmental monitoring staff were only able to collect viable samples from Acacia Bay today.... They're staying in Taupo overnight so they can be up at first light to assess the conditions and to collect samples from all the affected sites as soon as possible. NIWA scientists are lined up to analyse the samples and to get the results turned around in a timely way.
UPDATE: 6PM TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER:
The Medical Officer of Health, Dr Jim Miller, has now extended the health warning to include Halletts Bay. People are advised not to paddle, wade, swim, or participate in any recreational activity that might involve any direct contact with the algae or swallowing of the affected lake water at Five Mile Bay, Acacia Bay, the main lake front in Taupō, Whakaipo Bay, Kinloch Beach, and Halletts Bay.
UPDATE: 11.30AM MONDAY 11 DECEMBER
A toxin-producing species of algae bloom has been identified during provisional screening of samples collected from Halletts Bay over the weekend.
The 12 other popular swimming sites in south-eastern Lake Taupō which were inspected by Waikato Regional Council staff do not have this algae bloom species.
The screening suggests the species at Halletts Bay is similar to that found at areas within Five Mile Bay, Acacia Bay, the main lake front in Taupō, Whakaipo Bay and Kinloch Beach last week.
However, the samples will undergo further testing by NIWA scientists to determine how much of the toxin-producing species there is, with the results expected in several days.
No health warning has been issued yet for Halletts Bay by the Medical Officer of Health. However, the council urges people to exercise caution.
UPDATE: 11.15AM SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER
Algal mats and surface water bloom samples have been collected from Kuratau Beach, Mission Bay, Motutere Bay, Hatepe, Halletts Bay and Whareroa South Beach. The samples will be analysed by regional council scientists today to determine whether there are any toxic species. The results will be available later this afternoon and reported to the Toi Te Ora Medical Officer of Health.
ORIGINAL POST: 8.15PM THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER
Dense mats of potentially toxic algal species have been found at five sites around Lake Taupō. That's prompted a warning for the public to avoid swimming in affected areas and any contact with algae blooms that may be on shore.
Testing of samples collected by our scientists has confirmed the presence of potentially toxic algal species, including Phormidium, at areas within Five Mile Bay, Acacia Bay, the main lake front in Taupō, Whakaipo Bay and Kinloch Beach.
People are advised not to paddle, wade, swim, or participate in any recreational activity that might involve any direct contact with the algal mats or swallowing of affected lake water. Parents should ensure young children do not come into contact with algal mats in the water or on the shoreline.
Dogs are especially vulnerable, so people should keep their pets and livestock out of the water and off the shoreline in the known affected areas or where the algae is visible.
Contact with algal mats can cause symptoms such as skin rashes, stomach upsets and respiratory symptoms such as triggering of asthmatic attacks. If material from algal mats is swallowed it can cause neurological symptoms such as numbness and weakness, visual symptoms and, in severe case, affect the ability to breathe.
Kia ora Whanau,
The Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board is again pleased to announce the Tamariki Hi Ika kaupapa aimed at encouraging our tamariki into fishing and mahinga kai on Taupo Moana and our many awa.
Visit our website for more information http://www.tuwharetoa.co.nz/tamariki-hi-ika/
Ngati Tuwharetoa Maori Land Service - Panui
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE AND TIME FOR THE WAIPAHIHI HUI BELOW.
A series of hui are being hosted across Ngati T...uwharetoa to provide Maori land owners the opportunity to engage and participate in discussions regarding the development of a Maori land service for Ngati Tuwharetoa.
Please direct all inquiries to Frankie Taituma. See panui for details.
Read more... click the link below or the picture for more information.
Tēnā koutou nga uri o te Kōpua Kānapanapa,
He aurere mihi tēnei, e rere atu nei ki a koutou i runga i te manako nui, kua tau te rangimārie ki runga i a koutou k...o to whanau, i tēnei wā o te makariri.
Ata Marie Whanau!! Please find a link below to our latest edition of Te Kotuku. We hope you enjoy catching up on some of the mahi happening in our beautiful rohe.
Deed of Settlement will be signed this Saturday 8th July at Waitetoko Marae in Turangi. Here is the official programme