Recent Publications

Abbott, S., Palmer, R. and McNeill, M. (2016). Sourcing Pollution at Paekakariki – Wainui Stream Study. Water New Zealand Journal;  Issue 194 (Pages 39-43) 

Abbott, S., Marsollier, L. and Bertrand, M. (2015). Emergency Rainwater Tanks: Water Quality and Characteristics. Water New Zealand Journal Issue 192 (Pages 36-41) 

Abbott, S.E. and B.P. Caughley (2013). Roof-Collected Rainwater Consumption and Health. Water New Zealand Journal; May; Issue 179 (Pages 38-47)

Abbott, S.E. (2012). Sustainable Roof Water Harvesting After Earthquakes. Water New Zealand Journal; March; Issue 173 (Pages 29-33)

Abbott , S.E. & T. Snow (2011). Bring In The Tanks. The Shed. April / May. Vol 6 No. 6. (Pages 12-22)

Abbott, S.E. (2010). Estimating The Cost Benefits of Rainwater Tanks. Water N.Z. May; Issue 164: 26-31.

Abbott, S.E. (2008). Domestic Rainwater Harvesting in Urban Environments. Water & Wastes in New Zealand Journal; March; Issue 158 (Pages 39-43)

Abbott, S.E. (2008). Urban Rainwater Harvesting: How and Why. N.Z. Plumbers Journal June/July 2008.

Abbott, S.E (2007). Roof-collected rainwater harvesting - predicaments and resolutions. Water & Wastes in New Zealand Journal; May; Issue 149: 32-40.

Abbott, S.E (2007). Taking care with roof-collected drinking water. Build (BRANZ) Journal. February; 42-43.

Abbott, S.E & P. Coombes (2007). Rainwater and urban design in ESR’s Water and Health. Issue 30: 3-4.

Abbott, S.E (2007). Single-source water supplies might need a re-think. NZ Local Government Vol 43: No.2: pp15..

Abbott, S.E (2006). The microbiological quality of roof-collected rainwater of individual supplies in New Zealand in ESR’s Water and Health. Issue 29:1-2.

Abbott, S.E, Douwes, J. & B.P.Caughley (2006). A survey of the microbiological quality of roof-collected rainwater of private dwellings in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Environmental Health. Vol 29: 6-16.

Abbott, S.E.(2005). The hidden microbiological perils of roof-collected rainwater in ESR’s Water and Health. Issue 22: 2-3.

Abbott, S.E & D.Ogilvie (2005). Roof Water Supplies. In Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality Management for New Zealand. Ministry of Health, Wellington.

Abbott, S.E(2005). Water collection tanks and safe household water. Public Information Brochure for the Ministry of Health. Wellington.

Abbott, S.E. (2004). Microbiological health risks of roof-collected rainwater. Water & Wastes in New Zealand. May; 26-27.

Abbott, S.E.(2004). Roof-collected rainwater health risks. New Zealand Planning Quarterly. Vol 153; 4-6.

Abbott, S.E. (2001). Indicator organism sources and water quality. The New Zealand Journal of Environmental Health. Vol 24; 10-15.

Abbott, S.E., Caughley, B.P. & G. Scott. (1998) Evaluation of Enterolert for the enumeration of Enterococci in the marine environment. The New Zealand Journal of Marine and Fresh Water Research. Vol 32; 505-513.

Abbott, S.E. (1996). Evaluation of Enterolert for the detection of Enterococci in the marine environment - comparison of a new rapid test with the membrane filtration method Water & Wastes in New Zealand. March; 51-56

Grinberg, A., L. Oliver, J. J. Learmonth, M. Leyland, W. Roe, and W. Pomroy. (2003). Identification of Cryptosporidium parvum "cattle" genotype from a severe outbreak of neonatal foal diarrhoea. The Veterinary Record 153:628-631.

Kouzminov, A., Ruck, J.G., and Wood, S.A. (2007). New Zealand risk management approach for toxic cyanobacteria in drinking-Water. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Vol 31: 275-281.

Lake, R.J., Baker, M.G., Garrett, N., Scott, W.G. & Scott, H. (2000). Estimated number of cases of foodborne infectious disease in New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Journal. Vol 113: 278-281.

Lau R, Caughley B, Deacon R (2009). Monitoring for Legionella bacteria in public spa pools. Environmental Health 8(4):11-18

Lau R, Caughley B, Rogers K, Deacon R (2008). Are New Zealand school and municipal swimming pools clean and safe? Environmental Health 8(1): 51-55.

Lau R, Harte D (2007). The presence of Legionella bacteria in public water features. Environmental Health 7: 45-51.

Learmonth, J. J., G. Ionas, A. B. Pita, and R. S. Cowie. (2001). Seasonal shift in Cryptosporidium parvum transmission cycles in New Zealand. Journal of Eukaryote Microbiology. Supplement to Volume 48:34S-35S.

Learmonth, J. J., G. Ionas, A. B. Pita, and R. S. Cowie. (2003). Identification and genetic characterisation of Giardia and Cryptosporidium strains in humans and dairy cattle in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Water Science and Technology 47:21-26.

Learmonth, J. J., G. Ionas, K. A. Ebbett, and E. S. Kwan. (2004). Genetic characterization and transmission cycles of Cryptosporidium species isolated from humans in New Zealand. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70: 3973-3978 .

McLaren, S. Kim N. (1995) Evidence for a seasonal fluctuation of arsenic in New Zealand's longest river and the effect of treatment on concentrations in drinking water. Environmental Pollution: 90 (1): 67-73.

McLaren, S., Rousseau, J., Coleman, D., Weinstein, P Harding. (2001). The potential health effects of pool chemical and disinfection by-products. Environmental Health 1(3): 24-30.

Scott, W.G., Scott, H.M., Lake, R.J. & Baker.M. (2000). Economic cost to New Zealand of foodborne infectious disease. The New Zealand Medical Journal. Vol 113: 282-284.

Wood, S.A., Stirling, D. J., Briggs L.R., Sprosen, J., Holland, P.T., Ruck, J.G., Wear, R.G. (2006). Survey of cyanotoxins in New Zealand waterbodies between 2001 and 2004. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 40(4): 47-52.

Wood S. A., Briggs, L.R., Sprosen, J., Ruck, J.G., Wear, R.G., Holland, P.T., Bloxham, M. (2006). Changes in levels of microcystins in rainbow trout, freshwater mussels and cyanobacteria in Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoehu. Environmental Toxicology. 21, 205-222.

Wood, S.A., Crowe, A.L.M., Ruck, J.G., Wear, R.G. (2005). New Records of Planktonic Cyanobacteria in New Zealand Freshwaters. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 43, 479-492.

Recent Conference Papers

Abbott, S.E. and B.P. Caughley (2012). Roof Water Consumption and Health. Paper presented at the 5th Pacific Water Conference, Waipuna Hotel, Auckland, 1st November, 2012

Abbott, S., Moore, R., and Golay, F. (2011). Functioning cities – the role of rainwater tanks in reducing vulnerability to land and water related emergencies. Paper presented at the New Zealand Water and Wastes Association’s 53rd Annual Conference, Rotorua Energy Events Centre, Rotorua 9th November 2011.

Abbott, S., Lucas, S., Nagels, P. and Dent, G. (2010). Urban Rainwater Harvesting - Health Impact Assessment. Paper presented at the Ministry of Health’s Environmental Health Professional Development Seminar, Brentwood Hotel, Kilbirnie,  Wellington, 12th October 2010

Abbott, S (2009). Roof Water Harvesting in Urban Environments – An Environmentally Sound Solution To Diminishing Water Sources. Paper presented at a Public Lecture at Massey University Wellington. 20/08/2009

Abbott, S. (2008). Microbiological Health Risks of Roof-Collected Rain Water. Keynote address presented at the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association’s National Conference, 17th September, Sheraton Delfina Hotel, Santa Monica, California.

Abbott, S., Ward, A., Heinrich, M., Caughley, B.P. (2008). Minimising Contamination of Roof-Collected Rainwater: A New Zealand Perspective. Paper presented at the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association’s National Conference, 18th September, Sheraton Delfina Hotel, Santa Monica, California.

Abbott, S. (2008). Rainwater Harvesting in Urban Environments - Why Not? Paper presented at the New Zealand Water and Wastes Association’s 50th Annual Conference, Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch, 25th September 2008.

Abbott, S.E. (2008). Overcoming impediments to rainwater harvesting. Paper presented at the New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health Annual Conference. Auckland Town Hall, Aotea Square, 21st May.

Abbott, S.E. (2007). Keynote Address: Water Policy and Health Issues: A New Zealand Perspective. Presented at the 13th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference. Sheraton on the Park. Sydney. 22nd August

Abbott, S.E., Caughley, B.P., Ward, A., Gowan, G. & J.Ashworth. (2007). A evaluation of measures for improving the quality of roof-collected rainwater. Paper presented at the 13th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference. Sheraton on the Park. Sydney. 23rd August.

Abbott, S.E., Caughley, B.P., Ward, A., and G. Gowan, (2007). Quantifying first flush diversion volumes for potable roof-collected rainwater. Paper presented at NWWA’s 49th Annual Conference in Rotorua. 13th September.

Abbott, S.E.(2007). Simple Measures for Improving the Quality of Roof-Collected Rainwater. Paper presented at the Rainwater Harvesting in Pacific Island Countries conference in Fiji. Sonaisali Island Resort. Nadi; 25th April.

Abbott, S.E., Caughley, B.P. & J.Douwes (2007). The microbiological quality of roof-collected rainwater of private dwellings in New Zealand. Paper presented at the 13th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference. Sheraton on the Park. Sydney. 22nd August.

Abbott, S.E. (2007). How safe is rainwater in New Zealand. Public Lecture delivered at Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane 16th October.

Abbott, S.E, Douwes, J & B.P.Caughley. (2006) A survey of the microbiological quality of roof-collected rainwater private dwellings in New Zealand. Paper presented at the Water 2006 International Conference. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Auckland. 4th August.

Abbott, S.E, Caughley, B.P, Ionas, G. & J. Learmonth. (2006). Effect of waterfowl on recreational water quality.Paper presented at the Water 2006 International Conference. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Auckland. 5th August.

Abbott, S.E, Douwes, J & B.P.Caughley. (2006). Roof-collected rainwater quality of private dwellings in New Zealand. Paper presented at the BOINZ National Small Water Conference 2006. Duxton Hotel, Wellington. 2nd October.

Abbott, S.E, Ashworth, J., Caughley, B.P & J. Douwes. (2006). Simple measures for improving the quality of roof-collected rainwater. Paper presented at the BOINZ National Small Water Conference 2006. Duxton Hotel, Wellington. 3rd October

Abbott, S.E, Caughley, B.P., Ashworth, J. & J. Douwes. (2006). A systematic evaluation of measures for improving the quality of roof-collected rainwater. Paper presented at NZWWA’s 48 Annual Water Conference. Christchurch Convention Centre. 11th October.

Abbott, S.E, Caughley, B.P. & S.J.Bell. (2004). Microbiological Health Risks of Roof-Collected Rainwater. NZ Institute of Environmental Health Conference, War Memorial Centre, Napier. 12th March.

Abbott, S.E. (2001). Indicator Organism Sources and Water Quality- A review. Paper presented N.Z. Institute of Environmental Health National Conference. Dominion Museum Buildiing. Massey University Wellington. July.

Grinberg, A., Squires, R., Learmonth, J.J.,Kwan, E.S., Pomroy, W. and G.Widmer (2007). An outbreak of cryptosporidiosis among a class of veterinary students: preliminary results of a natural experiment. Paper presented at the International Giardia and Cryptosporidium Conference Morelia, Mexico.

Grinberg, A, Learmonth, J.J., Kwan, E.S., Pomroy, G., Scott, V and G.Widmer (2007). Neonatal foal cryptosporidiosis: an under diagnosed condition or an emerging disease? Paper presented at the International Giardia and Cryptosporidium Conference Morelia, Mexico.

Lau R, Caughley B, Dias-Wanigasekera B, Deacon R, Maqsood S (2010). Preventing Legionnaires’ disease and monitoring microbiological water  quality in cooling towers. 11th World Congress on Environmental Health,  Vancouver, Canada, 5-10 September.

Lau R, Caughley B, Deacon R (2009). Preventing legionella growth and controlling water quality in public spa pools. 7th International Legionella 2009 Conference, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France, 13-17 October.

Lau R, Caughley B, Harte D, Deacon R (2009). Prevalence of legionella  strains from cooling towers and laboratory diagnosed legionellosis cases in  New Zealand. 7th International Legionella 2009 Conference, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France, 13-17 Oct

Lau R, Caughley B, Rogers K, Deacon R (2007). School and municipal  swimming pools – how clean and safe are they? General Meeting of the Australian Society for Microbiology, Adelaide, 9-13 July.

Lau R (2006). Legionella bacteria in public water features. 106th General  Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Orlando, Florida, 21-25  May.

Learmonth, J.J., Kwan, E.S., Ionas,G., Pita, A.B., Cowie, R.S. and K.A. Ebbett (2003). The public health significance of Giardia and Cryptosporidium genotypes - is New Zealand clean and green? Paper presented at the NZ Water and Wastes Association Conference, Auckland.

Learmonth, J. J., Ionas, G. and K.A. Ebbett (2004). Utilisation of a small double-stranded RNA sequence to identify variants within Cryptosporidium species. Paper presented at the International Giardia and Cryptosporidium Conference Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Pita, A.B., Kwan, E.S. and J.J. Learmonth (2006). Giardia and Cryptosporidium (oo)cyst numbers discharged into natural waterways from meat-works’ treated effluent. Paper presented at NZWWA’s 48 Annual Water Conference. Christchurch Convention Centre. 11th October.

Pita, A.B., Kwan, E.S. and J.J. Learmonth (2007). Ultra Violet light disinfection of Cryptosporidium parvum as assessed by a cell culture infectivity assay and an in vitro metabolic inactivation assay. Paper presented at the International Giardia and Cryptosporidium Conference Morelia, Mexico

Somdee, T., Holland, P., Wood, S.A., Page, R., Ruck, J.G. (2006). Purification of microcystins from cyanobacterial blooms of Lake Horowhenua, Levin, New Zealand. New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society Conference. Nov 27-30. Rotorua New Zealand.

Wood, S.A., Briggs L. R., Sprosen, J., Bloxham, M., Ruck, J.G., Wear, R.G., (2004). Microcystins in Rainbow Trout, Freshwater Mussels and Phytoplankton in Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoehu. Rotorua Lakes Symposium Proceedings, Lake Water Quality Society and The Royal society of New Zealand. 95-114.

Wood, S.A., Ruck, J.G. (2005). Cyanobacterial species diversity and bloom formation in New Zealand - a growing problem. Scientific Program Shallow Lakes. June 5-9. Dalfsen, The Netherlands

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