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Cyanobacteria in Ross Creek Reservoir

Friday, 2 December 2022

As a precaution, the Dunedin City Council is advising people using the Ross Creek Reservoir to keep their dogs away from the water and avoid any contact with the water. This follows the discovery of cyanobacteria in the reservoir.
Cyanobacteria, a blue-green algae, can potentially produce toxins which are harmful to humans and pets if swallowed, or through contact with skin.
The warning to keep clear of the reservoir will remain in place until monitoring shows the cyanobacteria is no longer a risk. Warning signs have been put up beside the reservoir.
The DCC General Manager Infrastructure and Development Simon Drew says, “We believe the risk to the public is low, however, we’re taking a precautionary approach.”
The reservoir water level was lowered in August to carry out maintenance work on the valve tower and tunnel inside the dam. The low level means the water is heating up more than usual, which could be contributing to the algal bloom. The reservoir will remain at its current level for the summer until the maintenance work is completed.
Cyanobacteria (or toxic algae) naturally occur in rivers, lakes and other waterways throughout Otago, including waterways with good quality water. It is more likely to be present during summer because of warm weather and low flows.
Some cyanobacteria species produce natural toxins (cyanotoxins), which can be a risk to human and/or animal health if water is drunk or through contact with water.

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Knee pain study participants

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Are you living with knee pain? University of Otago’s School of Physiotherapy invite Pakeke Māori people aged between 45-85 years, with knee pain for three months or more to participate in MiNT Mindfulness Meditation & Brainwave Training. We will manaaki guide you through each phase. Your time and contribution are valuable, and if you participate, you will be given a gift of Aroha vouchers as reimbursement. For further details, please contact Sharon Awatere 0800 687 489 or You can also Email: or TXT Sharon Awatere on 0211 836 894.

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2 rooms with private bathrooms available for rent

Thursday, 20 October 2022

We have 2 rooms available in our flat in North Dunedin. Each room comes fully furnished with its own bathroom (one of them ensuite) and are available from November.