Okahu Bay

Auckland, Auckland

"Okahu Bay area was gifted to Governor Hobson in 1841 by the Ng?ti Wh?tua-o-?r?kei. In 1885 the government decided to build a military outpost nearby at Bastion Point instead of the agreed upon land. In 1941 when the Crown no longer needed the outpost, it was gifted to the Auckland City Council and in 1976 the Crown announced that it was going to sell the land to privately to be built into high income housing. The Orakei M?ori Action Committee formed in 1977 and organized an occupation of the crown land to halt the subdivision from being built. Over 800 police officers and military personnel forcibly removed the peaceful protesters after 507 days and destroyed the community garden, marae and meeting house they had built. In the 1980's the land was returned to the Ng?ti Wh?tua-o-?r?kei and a formal apology was issued. The point is now the location of the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, named after New Zealand's most loved labour Prime Minister.

Today the facilities at this sandy beach include a children's playground that includes a flying fox, baseball court, toilets and drinking fountains. The Okahu Domain connects to the Paritai Parks, the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park and Mission Bay Park. Parking is available and public transit bus stops are located along the beach.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 25th, 2021. The Swim Guide - New Zealand updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 25th, 2021 at 4:30 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Okahu Bay is sampled daily from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Beaches in Auckland are monitored by Safeswim, a program which emerged out of a partnership between Auckland Council, Surf Life Saving Northern Region, and Auckland Regional Public Health Service. Safeswim forecasts water quality and real-time public health alerts and safety risks at 84 beaches and 8 freshwater locations around Auckland.

Safeswim uses predictive modelling to provide the public with real-time water quality and safety information. Predictive modelling allows Safeswim to forecast recreational water quality so that bathers and other recreational water users have better access to the current and future status of their beaches. This allows recreational water users to make better, more informed decisions about when and where to get in the water. Water quality predictions are made using statistical modelling. Models include historical and current water quality test results, as well as other environmental factors such as wind, rain, tides, and sewage events like CSOs. Safeswim’s models are updated every 10 minutes, and display results using 3 risk categories:

People are exposed to very low risk of infection from contact with the water. The beach’s water quality doesn’t present an immediate health risk to those in direct contact with it.

People are exposed to a low to moderate risk of infection from contact with the water. This is the minimum acceptable state. The beach’s water quality still meets an acceptable standard for swimming.

People are exposed to a moderate to high risk of infection from contact with the water. The beach’s water quality is considered unsuitable for swimming.

Swim Guide interprets these categories in our pass/fail system as:

Very low risk and low to moderate risk categories receive a GREEN/PASS in Swim Guide.

Moderate to high risk categories receive a RED/FAIL in Swim Guide.

The predictive models use New Zealand’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of the Environment’s Microbiological Water Quality Guidelines for Recreational Water. The Guidelines are:

Marine water : Single sample value > 140 Enterococcus / 100 ml
Freshwater : Single sample value > 260 E.coli / 100 ml

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Water Quality Graph

Okahu Bay

Auckland, Auckland

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 25th, 2021. The Swim Guide - New Zealand updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 25th, 2021 at 4:30 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

"Okahu Bay area was gifted to Governor Hobson in 1841 by the Ng?ti Wh?tua-o-?r?kei. In 1885 the government decided to build a military outpost nearby at Bastion Point instead of the agreed upon land. In 1941 when the Crown no longer needed the outpost, it was gifted to the Auckland City Council and in 1976 the Crown announced that it was going to sell the land to privately to be built into high income housing. The Orakei M?ori Action Committee formed in 1977 and organized an occupation of the crown land to halt the subdivision from being built. Over 800 police officers and military personnel forcibly removed the peaceful protesters after 507 days and destroyed the community garden, marae and meeting house they had built. In the 1980's the land was returned to the Ng?ti Wh?tua-o-?r?kei and a formal apology was issued. The point is now the location of the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, named after New Zealand's most loved labour Prime Minister.

Today the facilities at this sandy beach include a children's playground that includes a flying fox, baseball court, toilets and drinking fountains. The Okahu Domain connects to the Paritai Parks, the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park and Mission Bay Park. Parking is available and public transit bus stops are located along the beach.

Monitoring Frequency

Okahu Bay is sampled daily from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Beaches in Auckland are monitored by Safeswim, a program which emerged out of a partnership between Auckland Council, Surf Life Saving Northern Region, and Auckland Regional Public Health Service. Safeswim forecasts water quality and real-time public health alerts and safety risks at 84 beaches and 8 freshwater locations around Auckland.

Safeswim uses predictive modelling to provide the public with real-time water quality and safety information. Predictive modelling allows Safeswim to forecast recreational water quality so that bathers and other recreational water users have better access to the current and future status of their beaches. This allows recreational water users to make better, more informed decisions about when and where to get in the water. Water quality predictions are made using statistical modelling. Models include historical and current water quality test results, as well as other environmental factors such as wind, rain, tides, and sewage events like CSOs. Safeswim’s models are updated every 10 minutes, and display results using 3 risk categories:

People are exposed to very low risk of infection from contact with the water. The beach’s water quality doesn’t present an immediate health risk to those in direct contact with it.

People are exposed to a low to moderate risk of infection from contact with the water. This is the minimum acceptable state. The beach’s water quality still meets an acceptable standard for swimming.

People are exposed to a moderate to high risk of infection from contact with the water. The beach’s water quality is considered unsuitable for swimming.

Swim Guide interprets these categories in our pass/fail system as:

Very low risk and low to moderate risk categories receive a GREEN/PASS in Swim Guide.

Moderate to high risk categories receive a RED/FAIL in Swim Guide.

The predictive models use New Zealand’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of the Environment’s Microbiological Water Quality Guidelines for Recreational Water. The Guidelines are:

Marine water : Single sample value > 140 Enterococcus / 100 ml
Freshwater : Single sample value > 260 E.coli / 100 ml

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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