Health Warning Lifted for South-Eastern Bays of Lake Taupō
6/11/2020 2:46:35 p.m.

Joint Media Release | Pānui pāpāho 06 November 2020

The health warning issued late last month for the south-eastern bays of Lake Taupō, from Hatepe to Motuoapa, including Te Poporo Point (Bulli Point), Motutere Bay and Motuoapa Bay, has now been lifted by the Medical Officer of Health.
 
Results of observation and water testing by Waikato Regional Council, Taupō District Council and Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board confirm that the algal bloom has subsided in the affected areas of the lake. Despite the lifting of the warning, the public should always be cautious for signs of algal blooms when using lakes.
 
“Algal blooms can develop rapidly and unpredictably and can sometimes produce toxins that are harmful for people as well as animals,” says Medical Officer of Health, Dr Jim Miller. 

Dr Miller adds, “The current warm conditions are perfect for toxic algae growth, so it is always safest to check the water before you get in. Look before you leap; if the water looks discoloured, smells unusual, if there is scum on the surface, or the water has green or brown particles suspended in it - then it is best to avoid contact with the water and swim or play somewhere else.” 

Over four months from the beginning of December to the end of March, Waikato Regional Council will be checking for signs of E.coli, as well as cyanobacteria (the micro-organism that causes potentially toxic algal blooms). In the meantime, additional sampling will be carried out as required if alerted to potential problems by members of the public. To report any concerns related to Lake Taupō, call Waikato Regional Council on 0800 800 401. 

Up-to-date information on health warnings for the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts is available through these channels:
• Phone: 0800 221 555
• Toi Te Ora website: www.toiteora.govt.nz/health_warnings
• Toi Te Ora Facebook: www.facebook.com/toiteora
• Toi Te Ora Twitter: www.twitter.com/toiteora
• Email alerts for subscribers:www.toiteora.govt.nz/alert
• Waikato Regional Council website: www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/environment/natural-resources/water/rivers/water-quality-monitoring-map/
• Signage at locations
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For further information, contact:

Liz Taylor
Public Health Communications Advisor
Toi Te Ora Public Health
07 306 0726 or 027 836 4892
Liz.taylortto@bopdhb.govt.nz

Te Mahau Kingi
Manager – Communications
Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board
07 386 8832 or 021 236 9115
TeMahau@tuwharetoa.co.nz

Wendy Valois
Communications Advisor
Waikato Regional Council
07 859 2721 or 021 369 815
media@waikatoregion.govt.nz

Lisa Nairne
Communications Manager
Taupō District Council
07 376 0762 or 027 839 8410
lnairne@taupo.govt.nz