28 Nov 2019

Urenui mudflats maybe contaminated with human waste

From Checkpoint, 5:54 pm on 28 November 2019

It's about as 'Kiwi' as jandals & pavlova - summer days with kids sliding belly first through piles of mud at the Urenui flats in Taranaki.

But a local school conservation project has discovered possible contamination, and further testing uncovered high levels of e-coli in the stormwater that flows into the Urenui River.

Marlene Benson of Ngāti Mutunga says it has been a bit of shock and a disappointment for the kids.