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Algae natural but poisonous
The growth of potentially
toxic blue-green algal mats is
common in rivers during periods
of low river flow and warm
An alert has gone out after a
Hastings dog died after playing in
People are being warned to
watch for algae while walking
dogs along Hawke's Bay rivers,
after a Hastings family's dog had
to be euthanased this month.
The dog became ill after being
taken for a walk along the
Tukituki River stopbank, where it
swam in the river and in a small
stock watering pond.
Laboratory results had been
unable to confirm whether the dog
was affected by toxic algae poison-
The dog's symptoms and its con-
tact with the water suggested
cyanobacteria poisoning was
likely but an initial survey of the
Tukituki River in the vicinity
found low to no risk and test
results from the pond came back
negative for algae toxins.
Hawke's Bay Regional Council
resource management manager
Iain Maxwell, said while the
results were negative, algal mats
had been found recently in other
parts of the river. .
Owners needed to be vigilant
and not allow their dogs to eat
unknown material around the
river, he said.
The growth of potentially toxic
blue-green algal mats is common
in rivers during periods of low
river flow and warm tem-
Prolonged warm, dry weather
combined with low river flows
may mean that algal mats become
exposed or easily accessible to
dogs, stock and recreational
Hawke's Bay District Health
Board medical officer of health
Nicholas Jones, said people should
also keep away from the algal
Contact could cause vomiting,
diarrhoea, numbness or tingling
around the mouth and skin rashes
in humans, he said.
River users should avoid any
contact with algal mats, avoid
swimming in water where the
mats are present and keep dogs
from scavenging around the
river,'' he said.
The cyanobacteria mats had a
strong musty odour and varied in
colour from brown-black when in
the water, to a pale brown-whitish
colour when dry. Dr Jones said
people who became ill after being
in a river should seek medical
Cyanobacteria is a naturally-
occurring algae species found in
water bodies nationwide. Warn-
ings to people about the algae had
also been issued in the Manawatu
and Greater Wellington regions.
Concerts thrive on high spirits, good weather
Costume capers: Michelle Bullock, Kane Heaps, Adam Greenwood, George Olsen, Nic McNamara, Hannah
May, Susan Berge, Chloe Cameron, and, front, Jeremy Pruchwaller.
Photo: CLINTON LLEWELLY Fun in the sun: Dancers enjoy the music at the eighth Another Day in
Taradise at Moana Park Winery last Sunday.
The weather is playing ball for this year's
summer concert season in Hawke's Bay,
and the crowds are coming out to enjoy
them. The eighth A Day In Taradise and
the 10th Blues, Brews and BBQs were two
of the weekend's highlights.
About 1000 people turned out for
Another Day in Taradise, at Moana Park
Winery, on Sunday to enjoy fine wine and
music from Daniel Munro and Chanelle
Winemaker Dan Barker said the annual
event was growing bigger every year and
it took him and his wife, Kayleigh, all
year'' to organise it.
We bring Chanelle in from Melbourne
because she's based there now, which
gives her an opportunity to do a small tour
before the day,'' he said.
Because Another Day in Taradise is
becoming so popular, we're looking at
having other events. People love Taradise
because it's free and such a great day out.
It's our way to celebrate summer and
living in Hawke's Bay.''
At Saturday's Blues, Brews and BBQs,
in the Waikoko Gardens at the Hastings
Showgrounds, fancy dress costumes and
fine ales were in abundance.
The hot conditions made for perfect
beer-drinking weather, with about 1400
people turning up for the annual summer
celebration of live music, cold ales and
Entertainment on the main stage was
headlined by Rikki Morris and his star-
studded band, The Situation.
During the day there were also dodge
ball games, a goal scoring competition
hosted by Hawke's Bay United players,
and a mini-basketball court set up by the
HBS Bank Hawks.
For more photos of both events go to
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