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