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Supreme Court denies Ruataniwha Dam appeal – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 6th, 2017.

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal to allow a land swap for the proposed Ruataniwha Dam project in the Hawke’s Bay. The court’s decision was released today, following a Court of Appeal ruling last year that found the process of acquiring the land was unlawful. The scheme would have dammed 22 hectares of conservation […]

Water inquiry resumes – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 30th, 2017.

An inquiry examining the Havelock North water contamination that left more than 5000 people ill will begin hearing from witnesses today. The campylobacter outbreak in August 2016 affected a third of the Hawke’s Bay town when the water supply was contaminated with suspected animal faeces. Twenty people were hospitalised and two people died during the […]

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 […]

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