Environment Court rules kayaking on Nevis River to be protected
Based on evidence presented by prominent local kayakers the court recognised that the progression of kayaking equipment and skills has increased the recreational amenity of the Nevis, specifically the lower gorge, and that the impact of a hydro dam on the amenity would be detrimental, especially due to compression (if access was restricted to release days), loss of a warm-up section and loss of natural character. Furthermore, a prohibition on damming via a Water Conservation Order offers greater certainty of protection than district and regional plans.
The decision is just reward for Whitewater NZ's legal counsel Maree Baker-Galloway and the kayakers that presented on behalf of Whitewater NZ including Glenn Murdoch, Gordon Rayner, Pete Simpson, Roy Bailey, Keith Riley and Dave Ritchie, as well as Whitewater NZ submitters in previous years.
Video by Pete Simpson that was presented at the Environment Court: