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Rhodes es­ti­mates the cost of restor­ing Kate, com­plete with new sails, en­gine and fit­tings (ma­te­ri­als and labour supplied at re­tail prices), will be $215,000.

“Ap­prox­i­mately $60,000 has been raised and spent so far, mostly on the ap­pren­tices’ wages, and we are about 50 per­cent com­plete. Do­nated ma­te­ri­als to­tal about $15,000, but to step up the pace and get her sail­ing as soon as pos­si­ble we need to em­ploy more paid labour, both for boat­build­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We rely on the gen­eros­ity of in­di­vid­u­als to con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially to Kate’s restora­tion, and/or to of­fer to share their skills and ex­pe­ri­ence. To main­tain a pro­fes­sional stan­dard, and to even­tu­ally run an ef­fec­tive pro­gramme, staff will need to be paid for their work.” BNZ

Safeswim aims to give the pub­lic as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble so they can make in­formed de­ci­sions about where and when to swim. This in­cludes re­al­time alerts ad­vis­ing of risks to pub­lic health and safety at the city’s beaches. The pro­gramme pro­vides fore­casts (up to three days ahead) of wa­ter qual­ity based on rain­fall and a range of other fac­tors in­clud­ing tide, sun­light and wind. It also uses data from re­mote sensors that have been in­stalled to cap­ture un­pre­dictable events such as over­flows due to power out­ages or me­chan­i­cal fail­ure.

This in­for­ma­tion will be com­mu­ni­cated to the pub­lic via elec­tronic chan­nels – pri­mar­ily via the Coun­cil’s web­site.

Mon­i­tor­ing pro­grammes have been in place in var­i­ous parts of Auck­land for the past two decades. These show that wa­ter qual­ity at the beaches is gen­er­ally good but can be poor from time to time in some lo­ca­tions fol­low­ing rain.

Signs are be­ing erected at 84 ur­ban beach ac­cess points di­rect­ing the pub­lic to the Safeswim web­site for up-to-date in­for­ma­tion on beach wa­ter qual­ity and safety. Beaches pa­trolled by Surf Life­sav­ing North­ern Re­gion will dis­play daily a dy­namic sign in­di­cat­ing green (low risk of in­fec­tion), yel­low (fair – still meets ac­cept­able lev­els) and red (alert – mod­er­ate to high risk).

A dig­i­tal sign dis­play­ing wa­ter qual­ity and beach safety ad­vice is be­ing in­stalled at Auck­land’s Mis­sion Bay for the 2017/2018 sum­mer sea­son as a trial of the tech­nol­ogy. Per­ma­nent warn­ing signs have been in­stalled at a small num­ber of beaches around the re­gion where wa­ter qual­ity is­sues are fre­quent and per­sis­tent.

The causes af­fect­ing wa­ter qual­ity are com­plex and vary from place to place – rang­ing from fail­ing sep­tic tanks to the man­age­ment of old waste­water net­works at the end of their de­sign life. In the im­me­di­ate term Coun­cil in­vest­ment will fo­cus on ‘hot spots’ to ad­dress the most press­ing is­sues and en­sure any money spent de­liv­ers the great­est pos­si­ble ben­e­fit. BNZ

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