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News in briefs, February 6, 2024

Toxic algae
levels low

Levels of toxic algae in waterways across the region have reduced after the recent rain served to flush the algal blooms away. Great Wellington Regional Council [GWRC] advises that there is a low risk for most waterways now and they should be suitable for swimming, especially for any furry family members looking to take a dip. However, GWRC advises that while the risk is now lower, toxic algae can easily reappear on the river’s edge. It can be identified by its dark brown/green/black slimy appearance when it covers rocks, while detached mats of algae have a “distinct earthy/musty smell”. If ingested, the algae can make humans unwell and is deadly to dogs. The water quality conditions of swimming locations can be checked online at lawa.org.nz/swim, which has the latest test results.

fishing results

This past weekend, the Riversdale Beach Fishing Club held the annual Tuna Hunt and Kahawai Challenge Tournament, with a field of 20 boat-based and 49 land-based anglers taking part. The winner of the Kahawai Challenge was Steve Clareburt with a 2.63kg kahawai. Second and third placings went to Wayne Adcock [2.37kg] and Dave Annear [2.36kg] respectively. Jarrod Prince was also recognised in the minor placings. The Tuna Hunt was won by Rosie McLean with a 4.89kg tuna. Roly Maxwell came in second with a 4.46kg tuna, Michelle Hunt took third place [4.42kg], and Dion Frith was fourth [4.28kg].


Police were called to George St in Solway twice on Sunday night after reports of suspicious activity in the area. The first call came in at 10.36pm and the second at 11.37pm but when police arrived, they could not find any cause for alarm. A police spokesperson could not say what the alleged suspicious activity could have been but confirmed that any suspicious activity should be reported to police. Police responded to another call regarding “a suspicious car” parked on Glenburn Rd in Carterton yesterday at about 11.10am. No suspicious items were found in the vehicle and police are making enquiries to locate its owner.

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