People should not touch outside water until the floods have cleared up in the Bay of Plenty.

BOP Public Health Service said water is contaminated to human consumption from farms after rain has washed sediments off farms into rivers like the Whakatane river which flows in the ocean.

Dr Phil Shoemack said seafood is affected by farm slush things like cow affluent and sprays on the land surface add risk to health. Test have shown it takes three months for seafood to divest toxins like Norovirus.

Me kaua te tangata e raweke i te wai maori kia mutu rano mai te waipuke i roto o Te Waiariki. Hei nga korero a Toi Te Ora, ko te ahua ka pa kino ki te tangata ko nga roringa i horomai i nga ahuwhenua no muri mai i te ua e maringi ana ki roto i te awa matua o nga takiwa pera ra i Ohinemataroa e rere ana ki Te Moana-nui-a-Toi. Ki nga kupu a Takuta Phil Shoemack ka pa kino nga mataitai i muri i nga waipuke e kawe ana i nga roringa no nga ahuwhenua ara hoki te hamuti kau te aha atu ranei o nga kararehe me nga matu i uwhiwhi ki te mata o te whenua. Hei nga whakamatautau tawhito me toru nga marama e puta atu nga roringa i nga kai moana pera i te Norovirus.