Sewage overflow at Ōākura’s Wairau Stream

Local News Public Notice

An overflow of sewage into Ōākura's Wairau Stream this morning has been stopped and the site cleaned up.

The discharge from an inlet to the Shearer Reserve pump station started at 10.20am and stopped at 11.45am.

The cause of the discharge is not known and an investigation is underway.

We’re sorry this has occurred and we’ve been in touch with iwi and hapū, Taranaki Regional Council, the local health authority and other recreational users.

Warnings to not swim or collect kai have been erected at Ōākura Beach. The location of signage and other current water quality warnings can be viewed on Council’s Can I Swim Webpage.

You can help prevent blockages like these by putting wet-wipes in your red-topped landfill bin and not washing food fat/grease down the sink. Instead, please cool the fat and wrap it in newspaper, then pop it in your food scraps bin.

We are investing $248m over 10 years to fix the district’s plumbing.