Sites removed

Sites are removed from the programme for a number of reasons.  Sites with consistently good water quality are removed to allow resources to be focussed on sites with poorer water quality.  Sites with consistently poor water quality (where the source of contamination is natural i.e. birds) are removed and permanent warning signs are erected.  Sites that are close together and show similar results are removed to avoid duplication. 

 

The following list shows the sites that have been removed from the programme over the years.  These sites will not be tested in 2013-14 however they will be reassessed after five years and added back into the programme if the results show a change in water quality. 

Sites with poor water quality

The following sites have consistently high bacterial levels, making them unsuitable for swimming at all times.

Site description Site number Grade
Wairoa Stream (Ahipara) 105053 Very poor
Otiria Stream 105376 Very poor
Coopers Beach Stream 101870 Very poor
Kapiro Stream (Purerua Road) 102838 Poor
Waiharakeke Stream 108921 Very poor
Kerikeri, Skudders Beach 100974 Poor
Opua foreshore 101418 Poor
Otaua Stream 108510 Poor
Otamure Bay Stream 108859 Very poor
Twin Bridges 105973 Poor
Kaikou River (Pipiwai) 108919 Poor
Ocean Beach Stream 102077 Very poor
Langs Beach Stream (toilets) 100686 Poor
Langs Beach Stream (midway) 104539 Very poor

Sites with fair water quality

The following sites have intermittently high bacterial levels making them unsuitable for swimming some of the time. Bacterial levels are often elevated after heavy rain. We recommend that you do not swim after heavy rain, if the water is dirty or if there is a warning sign erected.

Site description Site number Grade
Urquhart's Bay 108311 Fair
McLeod Bay 101254 Fair
Kowharewa Bay 106444 Fair
Whananaki (footbridge) 103147 Fair
Aurere River (Aurere Beach Road) 110324 Fair
Waipapa Stream (Charlies Rock) 110348 Fair
Kaihu River (camp ground) 102221 Fair
Waipu Cove Stream 101207 Fair

 

Sites with good water quality

The following sites have consistently low bacterial levels , making them suitable for swimming most of the time. However, bacterial levels can still become elevated after heavy rain. We recommend that you do not swim after heavy rain, if the water is dirty or if there is a warning sign erected.

Site description Site number Grade
Shipwreck Bay 109870 Very good
Lake Coca Cola 110323 Good
Doves Bay (mooring) 101537 Good
English Bay Point 100802 Very good
Kawakawa River (first pile) 100643 Good
Kawakawa River (Fullers Jetty) 100581 Good
Lake Ngatu (at launch site) 100402 Good
Mid Matauwhi Bay 102636 Very good
Omamari Beach Stream 102305 Good
Mangawhai Harbour (pontoon) 110320 Good
Bland Bay 109889 Good
Oakura (below shop) 101346 Good
Okiato Point (Bay of Islands) 105712 Good
Opito Bay 101538 Very good
Matapouri Beach 110321 Very good
Ngunguru (Norfolk pine) 100076 Very good
Pataua North (ocean beach) 105992 Very good
Pataua South (footbridge) 102217 Good
Pataua South (Frog Town) 109887 Good
Windsor Landing mooring (Kerikeri) 105707 Very good
Russell, (mid-south moorings) 105711 Very good
Lake Taharoa (Promenade Point) 100452 Very Good
Whakapirau (mid beach) 106100 Good
Taupo Bay 109868 Good
Tauranga Bay 109869 Good
Rarawa (by campsite) 109874 Good

Sites with similiar results

Results for Ngunguru at cable marker (site 100061) and Ngunguru at boat ramp (site 101300) are similar to the results from the other sites in Ngunguru. The site at bacle marker will therefore be excluded from the programme. 

 

Results from Paihia below junction (site 101186) are similar to the results for the other three sites. This site will therefore be excluded from the programme.

 

Results for Langs Beach North (108317) are similar to results for Langs Beach mid (108318), therefore the north site will be excluded from the programme.

 

Results for Pahi - rocky groyne (102579) are similar to the results for Pahi - 150m NW of jetty (102198), therefore the site will be excluded from the programme.

Site description Site number Grade
Ngunguru (cable marker) 100061 Fair
Ngunguru (boat ramp) 101300 Fair
Paihia (below junction) 101186 Poor
Langs Beach (North) 108317 Good
Pahi - rocky groyne 102579 Fair