4 Feb 2011

Waiheke beach covered in mussel shells

9:06 pm on 4 February 2011

An estimated two million mussel shells are covering a Waiheke Island beach after they were washed ashore by stormy seas.

Auckland Council says the shells at Onetangi Beach are more than a metre deep in places.

Waiheke Island Local Board chair Faye Storer says that while they are an inconvenience, they are not a health hazard.

However, some businesses have complained, saying the smelly shells are driving customers away.

The council is planning a major clean-up at the weekend.