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Permanent warning signs go up on contaminated northern coastal beaches

Four popular swimming spots are not suitable for bathing at any time because of consistently high bacterial levels.

Langs Beach stream (southern end) in Bream Bay, Ocean Beach stream at Whangarei Heads, Otiria stream in Moerewa and Ahipara's Wairoa stream at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach have all been removed from the Northland Regional Council's annual summer water quality monitoring programme.

Coastal monitoring team leader Bruce Howse says "very poor" water quality at these locations justifies the erection of permanent warning signs and people should avoid contact with water in the four streams.

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