By Te Karere

Tuesday's closure of Takapuna Beach due to water quality concerns has highlighted a wider problem - more than 20 beaches in Auckland are deemed to be un-swimmable.


This was evident when a group went for a morning sail on the Waitematā.


Hoturoa Kerr was one of them and is worried about sewage leaking into our waters, saying, “Āe, e āwangawanga ana te āhua o te Whakarongo hoki ki ngā kōrero e putaputa mai ana i te kaha rere i ngā hamuti o te tāone ki roto i te moana.”


Sharon Hawke shares her concerns, “Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei has always been a coastal people so the effects of the original sewerage outlet for Auckland City was on our front doorstep, so we are very aware of what the raw sewerage has caused.”


16 beaches around Auckland have been deemed as un-swimmable due to the effect of pollution including sewerage. But Hawke says the Auckland Council is doing what they can to clean up the problem, “They have pulled out all stops especially at Ōkahu Bay and now they are constantly in communication with us.”


The closing of Takapuna Beach has prompted some members of the public to take extra precaution, but others weren't as prepared and Kerr says it a challenge for everyone to take care of our natural resources, “Nā, he wero tonu tēnei ki ngā tangata katoa o te rohe, o te motu, kia āta whakaarohia te taiao, kia āta whakaarohia ngā takutai moana, kia āta whakaarohia ngā taonga nui kua tukuna mai e Rangi rāua ko Papa ki a tātou.”


Members of the public have asked for more signage at closed off beaches and call on the council to action their request.