14 Auckland beaches declared unsafe

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The Auckland City Council has declared 14 beaches as being unsafe for swimming.

The reason for the rates is due to sewage contamination. Basically, the 14 beaches have such high levels of human or animal poo in amongst the water, if a human swam in it they could get seriously sick. 

Of the 14 Auckland swimming spots that have been listed, 12 of those have a “long-term water quality alert”.

Auckland Safeswim advises the public not to swim in these areas.

Water contaminated by human or animal faeces can contain disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. Examples of these include salmonella, campylobacter, or giardia.

Below is a list of the banned beaches.


  • Bethells Lagoon – long-term high risk
  • North Piha Lagoon – long-term high risk
  • Piha South Lagoon – long-term high risk
  • Fosters Bay – long-term high risk
  • Titirangi Beach – long-term high risk 
  • Wood Bay – long-term high risk
  • Green Bay – long-term high risk 


  • Oakley Creek – long-term high risk 
  • Meola Reef – long-term high risk 
  • Cox’s Bay – long-term high risk 


  • Kohimarama Beach – short-term high risk
  • St Heliers Beach – short-term high risk 

Waiheke Island:

  • Little Oneroa Lagoon – long-term high risk

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