Auckland's harbours are a "soup of contaminants" according to the people who monitor them, and the new Safeswim scheme just approved by the council isn't going to change that. In fact, it will make the situation at most beaches look worse, because the figures will be more accurate and up to date.
Mayor Phil Goff says the public will be shocked when they see the figures on faecal contamination. Taken over five years of monitoring fresh and saltwater, the figures charted up look like seas of red warning signs. The coastline measures are of enterococci and fresh water was monitored for E. coli.Read More