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Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry — In The News

Tessa Evans posted in on May 10th, 2017.

The first stage of the inquiry into Havelock North’s drinking water contamination has been released today. The report found several parties failed to protect the public from contamination in the aquifer — an incident that led to more than 5,000 people in Havelock North becoming infected with campylobacter. While better regulation may not have avoided the […]

Tests reveal possible source of water contamination – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 2nd, 2017.

As the inquiry into last year’s Havelock North water contamination continues, attention has turned to a defective bore as a possible culprit of the contamination. A campylobacter outbreak in August 2016 struck a third of the Hawke’s Bay town following contamination of the water supply. A Government inquiry is underway, with hearings in Hastings kicking […]

Testing finds campylobacter in nearly two-thirds of raw chicken – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 12th, 2016.

A Consumer NZ test of 40 fresh chicken products found campylobacter in nearly two-thirds of the samples, sparking calls for regular testing of chicken sold in retail stores. Raw chicken is considered responsible for some 40 per cent of campylobacter cases. New Zealand has 6218 notified cases of the bacterial disease in 2015 – a […]

Havelock North gastro inquiry begins – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 28th, 2016.

A Government inquiry into the campylobacter outbreak that struck down 5000 Havelock North residents in August has begun. The first public hearing into the outbreak – caused by a contaminated water supply – was held in Hastings on Thursday. Retired Court of Appeal judge Lyn Stevens QC, who is chairing the inquiry, confirmed that the […]

Time to flush out truth – Iain Rabbitts

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 25th, 2016.

Supplying un-chlorinated water is like driving without a seatbelt, writes water treatment engineer Iain Rabbitts in the NZ Herald, it’s not longer safe – if it ever was. An excerpt (read in full): It wasn’t safe to drive a car then without seatbelts but people had been doing it for over 35 years – why […]

Expert Q&A: Aquifers, groundwater and how contaminations can occur

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 24th, 2016.

A campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North affected an estimated 4000 people, sent dozens to the emergency department and sparked an inquiry into what happened and how well the response was managed. We’ve worked with experts to answer some simple and frequently-asked questions about the water in our aquifers, how it’s linked to surface water, and […]

Havelock North water contamination inquiry – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 23rd, 2016.

A Government Inquiry will examine the water contamination that left an estimated 4000 Havelock North residents ill with gastroenteritis. The draft terms of reference, released yesterday, specify that the inquiry will look at the cause of contamination and response, but also consider practices and recommendations to prevent future occurrences. The SMC gathered comment on the […]

Hawke’s Bay laid low with gastro – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 18th, 2016.

Thousands of people in Havelock North have been laid low with gastroenteritis in the past week following a contamination of the drinking water supply, thought to be campylobacter. University of Otago professor of public health Michael Baker has been talking to media since Monday about the science behind the outbreak, including a live chat with […]

UPDATED: Hawke’s Bay campylobacter outbreak – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 15th, 2016.

An outbreak of gastroenteritis – likely caused by Campylobacter – has sent at least 20 people to hospital in Hawke’s Bay. Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Medical Officer of Health Dr Nick Jones has said the majority of people presenting with the illness were affected by Campylobacter, a water-borne bacteria. Dr Jones has told media that animal faeces […]

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