Will Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson take a dip in the Tukituki?


Has Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson got the stones to swim in the Tukituki River?

Come on Fenton, take a swim. It’s safe you know.

The cleanliness of the Tukituki River will purportedly be “proven” by Hawke’s Bay Regional and Hastings District councillors this weekend, when they go for a “spring swim” in it – a message proclaimed by posters dotted around Hastings.

The flyers, which went up in the CBD at the weekend, state that councillors will prove to the public that there is no contamination in the Tukituki, by taking a dip in it this Sunday.

Although they feature the logos of both councils on them, representatives have denied any council involvement.

Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule said “this certainly has nothing to do with the council, and it’s certainly not for real”.  

Regional council chairman Fenton Wilson said there was no council involvement in the event at all.

Following the contamination of Havelock North’s water supply, which caused more than 5000 people to be affected by campylobacter last month, fingers were pointed at the Tukituki river as a possible source of the E.coli found in the Brookvale bores.

After conducting additional sampling, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has stated it is unlikely the river was the cause of the contamination.

“The Tuki is safe to swim in!”, the poster reads, “(and has nothing to do with the recent water contamination).”

“So to celebrate the effluent abundance of spring in our region and to prove we have absolutely no cause for concern, come and see your councillors put their bodies where their mouths are (and where our’s drink from).”

Mr Wilson said there had been some concern the river was not swimmable, but while there were low levels of E.Coli it was well within the scale of swimmable standards.

“But it’ll be too jolly cold me to be swimming [on] Sunday,” he said.

Right so Fenton Wilson thinks a little bit of shit in the water is fine…but a bit more and it isn’t.

If he is right then he should strip down to his smalls and go for a good long swim in it.


– HB Today

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