Full List of sewage-affected Auckland beaches: Mission Bay is good but St Heliers, Herne Bay and others are a no-go

Half-a-dozen popular beaches across Auckland remain contaminated by sewage leaks, and unfit to swim, after heavy rain overloaded wastewater systems early this week.

The popular St Heliers Beach in Auckland's east is one of six with an active water quality alert on council's Safeswim online monitoring system.

Most of the prohibited beaches are along the south coast of Waitemata Harbour, directly east and west of Auckland's CBD.

On Monday this week, an unusually high 12 beaches in Auckland had water quality alerts on Safeswim's website including the very busy Mission Bay, and Mairangi Bay beaches.

However, these two popular Auckland beaches have now been cleared as safe to swim.

The description of the conditions on the Safeswim website is: "Real time sensors or manual inspections of the wastewater (sewage) network have detected wastewater overflows affecting swimming spots – swimming is not advised."

Contamination of Auckland's beaches does regularly occur following large storms when overflowing storm water seeps into the city's sewerage system.

Auckland Council typically discourages people from swimming in the city's beaches for 48 hours following a major storm event.

The six Auckland beaches with water quality alerts are:

- Herne Bay
- Home Bay
- Okahu Bay
- Point England
- St Heliers
- St Mary's Bay

To keep up to date with the water quality of Auckland beaches visit Auckland Council's Safeswim website.

Water quality forecast - arrow in alert zone Source: Te Karere

'I thought I was dying': Victim in Auckland quarry abduction case recalls panicked wait for police to find her

A 23-year-old woman abducted and assaulted at a quarry northwest of Auckland last year has tearfully recounted her ordeal to the High Court this morning.

The woman was picked up and driven to Riverhead quarry last February, where she was bashed over the head and knocked out. After coming round, she described her desperate call to police once her attacker had gone.

"I just kept saying I'm bleeding...my whole body was covered in blood I thought I was dying so I was saying this on the phone," she said.

Police are seeking a man and this vehicle over the shocking attack, which took place in Riverhead on Sunday morning. Source: Supplied

"I was in shock that they couldn't find me cause I guess on the movies it seems like you call in and you're found."

She eventually made her way to the road where police were able to track her down.

A 59 year old Auckland truck driver is facing 3 charges including kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sexual violation.

The accused, Colin Jack Mitchell is a former branch president of the RSA.

Colin Mitchell was described as a prowler as the Crown laid out its case against him. Source: 1 NEWS



Genesis Energy, which owns Huntly coal plant, to go coal-free by 2030

Genesis Energy has lifted first-half earnings 28 percent as low hydro-lake levels in the South Island boosted the company's demand for wholesale electricity and announced plans to completely phase out coal use by 2030.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, and fair value adjustments, the favoured measure of power companies, rose to $199.5 million in the six months ended December 31 from $155.7m a year earlier, it said on Wednesday.

Revenue climbed 26 per cent to $1.21 billion.

Net profit dropped 24 per cent to $28.4m as depreciation, depletion and amortisation costs jumped about 41 per cent to $103.5m and the fair value of financial instruments posted a loss of $19.7m, turning around a gain of $1.9m in the year-earlier period.

Genesis's wholesale division lifted earnings 29 per cent to $106.4m, the biggest contribution to the group, while Kupe contributed earnings of $55.7m, a gain of 75 per cent.

Genesis has a 46 percent stake in the Kupe Joint Venture, which owns the Kupe oil and gas field in the offshore Taranaki Basin.

"Wholesale performance was very strong for the half year with record wholesale prices for November and December and higher than average generation," chief executive Marc England said.

New Zealand's spring and summer months left hydro-lakes in the South Island at levels below average, meaning Meridian Energy and Contact Energy were more reliant on the wholesale market than their rivals with North Island hydro-storage.

According to Mr England, Genesis's diverse generation portfolio played a central role in maintaining the reliable supply of electricity when hydro lake storage is low but coal only makes up a small portion of total grid electricity generation and

"New Zealand now needs a plan to move away from a dependency on it," he said.

Chairwoman Jenny Shipley says that by 2025 Genesis has committed to not use any coal to generate electricity in normal market conditions and aims to phase it out completely by 2030.

The company had planned to wind up the coal-fired units at the Huntly power station by the end of 2018, but extended their life for another four years in 2016.

The shares rose 0.4 per cent to $2.39 and have gained 10 per cent over the past year.

Coal mining. (file image)
Coal mining. (file image) Source: Getty