Diving into Wellington Harbour

January 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Wellington’s popular waterfront diving platform was forced to close after faecal contamination spiked at nearly 500 times the safe level, documents reveal.

An email exchange issued under the Official Information Act showed that Wellington Waterfront and the city council decided to close the platform immediately on the Friday of the rugby sevens last year after getting advice from Regional Public Health.

The solution is simple. Do not dive into Wellington Harbour after you have been eating sugarless gummy bears!

Anything over 280cfu is considered an unacceptable risk to health but Greater Wellington Regional Council recorded 69,000cfu on January 26 last year.

More seriously, how does it get that high?

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16 Responses to “Diving into Wellington Harbour”

  1. Andrew (84 comments) says:

    I jumped into Wellington Harbor at our end of year work do. The next day I had conjunctivitis.

    I now know why :(

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  2. NK (1,243 comments) says:

    More seriously, how does it get that high?

    It’s Wellington, which is full of politicians who are full of shi*t. They’ve obviously been utilising the diving board.

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  3. woodburner (30 comments) says:

    Quite likely that an old sewage pipe has been connected to a stormwater drain at some point in time, which empties into that bit of harbour. Would be a sewage pipe carrying very little volume, or from a source used infrequently. Probably been like this for years and years. If this is the case, I’d say it’ll be a mission to find!

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  4. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    The whole thing has been a farce from the start. When first closed, it was signed as being due to “security”. Even if the real reason is that the harbour is a poo pond, rugby fans are a SAFETY issue rather than a security issue. Over the Sevens there were three security guards posted there and at one stage I wandered past and the guards had called the police. The guards were asking the police if they could “trespass” people. The Sevens finished on the Saturday, but the security notice was still there on the Sunday and the guards were gone. By Sunday afternoon, jumpers had disassembled the crude rope barrier the council has erected and things were back to normal with a big crowd of people jumping.

    Except they were jumping in to a toxic soup of pool, and WCC didn’t bother to tell anyone.

    I’m curious… What did Wade-Brown know?

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  5. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Killer whale crapped on the sensor?

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  6. Pita (373 comments) says:

    How does it get that high? It’s a land locked harbour…the tidal movement can only flush out so much contamination. Oriental Bay would not fare much better, but it would be imprudent, for many reasons, to expose it.

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  7. stephen2d (83 comments) says:

    Cunliffe’s interview on Radio NZ yesterday?

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  8. Manolo (13,767 comments) says:

    Too close to Parliament, I reckon.

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  9. Fisiani (1,039 comments) says:

    Some people jump most just go through the motions.

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  10. Daniel (208 comments) says:

    Since it was identified a year ago, I’m sure Celia Wade-Brown will have had a report completed on the source of contamination at least 9 months ago and I am sure the issue must be nearing resolution now.

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  11. Andrei (2,651 comments) says:

    It’s all those damned dairy cows on Lambton quay dairy farms polluting our waterways again :(

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  12. Yogibear (366 comments) says:

    Jan 26 last year was a Saturday.

    I’d never test the harbour waters the day after a standard Wellington Friday Night with all those Dockside and Shed 5 tossers who literally cant hold their piss

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  13. MH (753 comments) says:

    I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky
    It was there I did a jump and dump,no wonder the readings are high

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  14. jims_whare (403 comments) says:

    Not many dairy farms nearby – anyone got $10 on the WCC getting prosecuted by the Regional council for illegal discharge of effluent? Ha, yeah right.

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  15. Return To Sender (14 comments) says:

    Sounds like Len Brown wiped his chin in there

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  16. rouppe (971 comments) says:

    More seriously, how does it get that high?

    Because people don’t care what they tip into the street gutters. Which flow directly into the harbour

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