By . Photography by Shaun Lee. 2018 march

Auckland Council’s new Safeswim initiative is receiving plenty of attention as Aucklanders get used to receiving real time information on the state of their local beaches.

An iconic Auckland ocean swim is moving locations for the first time in 14 years due to frequent “red readings” at beaches on the city’s North Shore. Organisers of the “King of the Bays” event have moved the swimming races from Milford beach to Devonport.

Spinoff recently created a “cheatsheet” to explain what the new system means.

And marine scientist Andrew Jeffs explains the reasons for a sudden increase in the sewage pollution notices.

Meanwhile, the Waikato Regional Council has re-activated a water quality monitoring programme at seven east coast and two west coast beaches, testing to see whether faecal bacterial levels are within suitable levels for contact recreation, such as swimming and surfing.

The latest results can be found here.