Health warning against collecting, eating shellfish in parts of Marlborough Sounds

The Ministry for Primary Industries has today issued a public health warning against collecting shellfish in parts of the Marlborough Sounds.

Anyone eating shellfish from the Kenepuru Sound and inner Pelorus Sound, including Tawero Point and Opani-aputa Point is potentially at risk of illness, which includes numbness and tingling around the mouth and face, difficulty swallowing and breathing, diarrhoea and vomiting. 

Routine tests on shellfish samples have found levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxins to be above the safe limit set by MPI.

The toxins can also cause paralysis and respiratory failure and in severe cases, death.

MPI says mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, cat's eyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish should not be eaten. It warns cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin.

Paua, crab and crayfish may still be eaten if the gut has been completely removed prior to cooking, as toxins accumulate in the gut. If the gut is not removed its contents could contaminate the meat during the cooking process.

Commercially harvested shellfish - sold in shops and supermarkets, or exported - is subject to strict water and flesh monitoring programmes by MPI to ensure they are safe to eat.

Shellfish. Source: 1 NEWS

Govt's $76m funding boost for agencies dealing with domestic violence 'a real focus on poverty' - Inside Parliament

On Inside Parliament this week, RNZ's Deputy Political Editor Chris Bramwell joins 1 NEWS' political editor Jessica Mutch to go over the Government’s numerous pre-budget announcements.

Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a $76 million increase for social services dealing with the harm caused by family violence over four years.

Listen to the full podcast on SoundcloudiTunes and & Facebook.


Gift vouchers or flowers? The dos and do not’s of Mother’s Day gifts

Here's your Mother's Day do's and do not's as investigated by TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

Family time tops the list of what mums want the most with 35 per cent say just seeing their children and some quality time together is better than any purchased gift.

If you do want to give maybe avoid the shops with 22 per cent of mothers preferring handmade gifts.

Things to avoid

You may be surprised but chocolates are a bit of a disappointment for some mums with one in five preferring you left confectionery on the shelves.

That's tough news for the eight per cent of children who are planning on buying chocolates.

The most important thing of all - just don't forgot about your mum.


A whopping 30 per cent of children are planning on giving just a good old fashion hug this Mother's Day. Flowers and gift vouchers are also favourites.

Gift vouchers? Well 16 per cent of mothers won't be too phased. They know their children are shocking at buying gifts anyway.

Working out what to buy your mum is tough for some people. Source: Seven Sharp