Types of Incident

Of the 956 incidents reported to the Council in 2008-09, the most common type of incident related to burning or smoke nuisance - 228 incidents in total. Other frequently recorded incidents included odour nuisance (56 incidents), sewage in inland waters (51 events) and earthworks and vegetation clearance (41 events).

Mangrove swamp 'scum' on water.

Photo: Incidents are not always man-made – ‘scum' on the water in the Bay of Islands was found to be a natural product of mangrove swamp carried by the outgoing tide