Porangahau River D/S Waste-water discharge at estuary bridge

Porangahau, New Zealand
Managed by Pulse Energy

The Porangahau River stretches for 45 miles through Hawkes Bay. This small sandy beach is lined by trees and has a boat ramp and pier leading in to the river. The name comes from the Māori language meaning night (po) retreat (rangahau). The mouth of Porangahau River empties close to 12 miles of golden sand along the South Pacific Ocean. Both locations are know as great places to swim, fish and play water sports.

The river is also close to a hill named Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu, or Taumata by locals. It is the second longest place name in the world.

WATER QUALITY
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Pulse Energy updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Porangahau River D/S Waste-water discharge at estuary bridge is sampled weekly from January 1st to March 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Scientists from Hawkes Bay Regional Council monitor 37 coastal sites, rivers and lakes from November 1- March 30. Sites are tested on a weekly basis.

Click on sites in the map below and the data will be displayed in the window. You can also phone 0800 B4Uswim for weekly results or visit the website here: http://www.hbrc.govt.nz/Services/Environment/Water/Pages/rec-water-quality.aspx

Coastal sites are tested for enterococci levels. Beaches with elevated levels of bacteria are test more regularly.

Signs will also be posted at beaches and until water levels return to a safe level.

Swimming is not recommended within 48 hours after a heavy rainfall or around stormwater outfalls and at stream mouths.

A beach has a GREEN current status in Swim Guide when it has met the water quality standard of <140 enterococci/100 mL and has a rank of GREEN.

A beach has a RED current status in Swim Guide when samples exceed the water quality criteria of >140 enterococci/100 mL and there is an AMBER or RED alert.

A beach is marked Grey in Swim Guide when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

You can report pollution concerns by calling 0800 108 838 and by using our Report Pollution tool on Swim Guide.

Data in Swim Guide is sourced from LAWA’s “Can I Swim Here” program. Visit LAWA’s factsheet on recreational monitoring in NZ here. https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/what-do-the-swim-icons-mean/
LAWA assigns each site a grade, which is based on the last three years of monitoring data from the site.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Porangahau River D/S Waste-water discharge at estuary bridge

Porangahau, New Zealand
Managed by Pulse Energy

WATER QUALITY
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Pulse Energy updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

The Porangahau River stretches for 45 miles through Hawkes Bay. This small sandy beach is lined by trees and has a boat ramp and pier leading in to the river. The name comes from the Māori language meaning night (po) retreat (rangahau). The mouth of Porangahau River empties close to 12 miles of golden sand along the South Pacific Ocean. Both locations are know as great places to swim, fish and play water sports.

The river is also close to a hill named Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu, or Taumata by locals. It is the second longest place name in the world.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Porangahau River D/S Waste-water discharge at estuary bridge is sampled weekly from January 1st to March 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Scientists from Hawkes Bay Regional Council monitor 37 coastal sites, rivers and lakes from November 1- March 30. Sites are tested on a weekly basis.

Click on sites in the map below and the data will be displayed in the window. You can also phone 0800 B4Uswim for weekly results or visit the website here: http://www.hbrc.govt.nz/Services/Environment/Water/Pages/rec-water-quality.aspx

Coastal sites are tested for enterococci levels. Beaches with elevated levels of bacteria are test more regularly.

Signs will also be posted at beaches and until water levels return to a safe level.

Swimming is not recommended within 48 hours after a heavy rainfall or around stormwater outfalls and at stream mouths.

A beach has a GREEN current status in Swim Guide when it has met the water quality standard of <140 enterococci/100 mL and has a rank of GREEN.

A beach has a RED current status in Swim Guide when samples exceed the water quality criteria of >140 enterococci/100 mL and there is an AMBER or RED alert.

A beach is marked Grey in Swim Guide when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

You can report pollution concerns by calling 0800 108 838 and by using our Report Pollution tool on Swim Guide.

Data in Swim Guide is sourced from LAWA’s “Can I Swim Here” program. Visit LAWA’s factsheet on recreational monitoring in NZ here. https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/what-do-the-swim-icons-mean/
LAWA assigns each site a grade, which is based on the last three years of monitoring data from the site.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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