Dead­ducks dis­cov­ered

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - JAMES PASLEY

Res­i­dents want an­swers af­ter dis­cov­er­ing a flock of dead ducks float­ing in their lo­cal reserve’s water­way.

San­dring­ham res­i­dent John McCaf­fery said he dis­cov­ered about 20 duck corpses fol­low­ing heavy rain two and a half weeks ago.

McCaf­fery said he be­lieved the ducks died due to bot­u­lism.

Auck­land Coun­cil cleaned up the ma­jor­ity of the dead ducks.

Water­care spokesper­son Max­ine Clay­ton said its en­gi­neers tested the site and con­firmed that any is­sue with birdlife was not re­lated to waste­water.

Auck­land Coun­cil re­source con­sents man­ager Steve Pearce said its pol­lu­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tions team had re­sponded to two duck com­plaints at Kerr-Tay­lor Park this year.

‘‘On both oc­ca­sions wa­ter was found to be murky and was quickly tested. Both times PH and am­mo­nia lev­els were found to be nor­mal and no source of pol­lu­tion could be found.’’

Pearce said the pol­lu­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tions team did not be­lieve the ducks died from bot­u­lism.

Labour MP Jacinda Ardern and McCaf­fery were un­con­vinced wa­ter qual­ity was not to blame.

Ardern said the is­sue of wa­ter qual­ity in the area wasn’t news to her.

‘‘I don’t think any­one would be sat­is­fied with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion,’’ Ardern said.

JAMES PASLEY/FAIRFAX NZ

San­dring­ham res­i­dent John McCaf­fery dis­cov­ered about 20 dead ducks near Kerr-Tay­lor Park.

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