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Human Interest - Local
Written by Imran Ali, The Northern Advocate   
Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Janelle Te-Rure, 13, jumps from a rope into the Hatea River. Picture/Tania Webb

About 60 percent of freshwater swimming spots in the region are unsafe to take a dip in, including popular sites such as the Whangarei Falls.

The Northland Regional Council found 16 of the 25 freshwater sites it tested were contaminated.

The dirty water was at Raumanga, Langs Beach below the toilets, Otiria at the swimming hole, Ahipara, Omamari beach, Tirohanga, Otaua and Otamure Streams plus Whangarei Falls, Waiharakeke, Waipapa Basin, Kerikeri Basin at the Stone Store, Kapiro Bridge at Purerua Rd, Twin Bridges and Kaikou River at Pipiwai.

Coastal water was generally cleaner, with only eight of 58 sites found to be contaminated.

These include Ruakaka River below the camp, Ngunguru, Church Bay, Kowharewa Bay, Ohawini Bay, the north end of Oakura, Ocean Beach and Coopers Beach foreshore.

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