The NZ Conservation Authority (NZCA) released a report late in 2011 entitled Protecting New Zealand’s Rivers. The full report is available on the Department of Conservation website, www.doc.govt.nz and is well worth a read. The NZCA is an appointed representative body whose role is to advise the Minister of Conservation and the Director-General of Conservation.
River Safety and River Rescue Course subsidies of $100 are available to Whitewater NZ members, thanks to the generous support of Water Safety NZ. You can join a course organised by the NZ Kayak School or contact any NZOIA kayak level 2 instructor to run a course for you. Read Course details and subsidy forms. These courses have great content; if you have never taken one there's no time like the present!
Cumec Magazine Issue number 15 is out now and available through kayak and bookstores across NZ and Australia. Inside you'll find features on paddling in the Northeast of Turkey, the Devils Postpile in California, the Teva Lea Race, BlissFest 2011, an interview with Tanya Faux, gear reviews, event reports, and heaps more. Check it out this holiday break, and get inspired to hit the water.
Whitewater NZ held its Annual General Meeting for 2011 in Turangi on 17 September. Most of the current Executive Committee were relected to their current positions. Thanks to outgoing officers Matt Barker (Education), Nick Clendon and Dave Annear (Safety). Welcome to Matt Bennet (Access) and Evan Freshwater (Safety). Doug Rankin was voted Canoeist of the Year.
A temporary "reservation" of a portion of the Wairoa River, Nelson, has been granted for tree-felling and overhead cable recovery of the logs across the river. All activities including but not limited to swimming, wading, angling, or boating of any kind not directly associated with the logging will be prohibited.
The temporary reservation applies between 05:30 and 16:00 on any weekday between Monday 14 November and Friday 2 December 2011. There are no restrictions on public access on any Saturday or Sunday.
Unfortunately, Genesis Energy have advised that the recreational releases scheduled for this weekend (Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November) from Whakamarino and Piripaua have been cancelled due to health and safety reasons.
The broken bridge in the river, which is currently posing a significant hazard to kayakers, is expected to be removed soon.
The latest NZ Canoeing 11.2 has been sent to members, with articles on Simon Davidson (Matt Burton, Tyler Fox, Louise Urwin, Josh Neilson), Mokau victory! (Terry Lasenby), Whitewater Grand Prix (Louise Urwin), Conservation News (Tony Ward-Holme), Releases and Events, How good is your rescue kit and techniques? Part 1 (Matt Barker). Grab NZ Canoeing 11.2 (PDF, 3.5Mb) here or via your club.
Whitewater NZ are very pleased to announce that we have received funding from Water Safety NZ to subsidise River Safety and River Rescue courses for the 2011 Spring paddling season. Current individual and club members of Whitewater NZ can apply for a $100 subsidy towards an approved River Safety or River Rescue course by contacting Membership Officer Jo Dovey on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Safety NZ has released a "Be RiverSafe" DVD and Toolbox described as a mixture of information and suggested activities that can be used by teachers and leaders, young people and learners and anyone wanting to be river safe when they are enjoying an activity in, on or around a river. The resource includes online video of river features such as buffer waves, eddies, rapids and undercuts that are potentially useful for kayaking instructors.
Cumec Magazine issue 13 is now available featuring articles on the threatened Morgans Gorge by Keith Riley, India's Pindar River by Kev England, an interview with Pete Simpson. Plus coverage of the Australian Slalom nationals, and the 2011 Oceania Slalom Champs.
Genesis Energy have advised that there will be a scheduled outage at Rangipo Power Station between 9am and 5pm, on Thursday 5 May. The Tongariro River, downstream of Rangipo Dam to Poutu Intake will be flowing at natural flow during this time. There will be no increase in river flows downstream of Poutu Intake.
The latest NZ Canoeing 11.1 has been sent to members, featuring West Coast Whitewater is officially awesome (Andy England), A tribute to Graham Egarr (Paul Caffyn), Conservation News: Matiri, Mokihinui (Tony Ward-Holmes), COW closes (David Welch), Adventure on the Upper Hokitika (Nic Thomas), Damn the dams - the quiet way (Miriam Odlin). Check it out at NZ Canoeing 11.1 (PDF, 5Mb).
The latest NZ Canoeing 10.3 has been sent to members, featuring Too precious to dam (Polly Miller), Lessons from Mangatepopo (Mick Hopkinson), Conservation News (Land and Water Forum, Hurunui River Moratorium, Mokihinui / Nevis / Mokau, Matiri) (Tony Ward-Holmes), Releases and Events and Highlights... (Toni George). Read more at NZ Canoeing 10.3 (PDF, 4.7Mb).
Cumec Issue 12 has been released for the Spring/Summer season. Focussed on adventure paddling the issue contains an interview with Kiwi Adventurer Mike Abbott, Andi Uhl writes about keeping the adventure going as you get 'Old & Crusty', Gordon Rayner writes about a family trip down the South Island's Clarence River, and we take a quick look at the Sickline 2010 event that saw Sam Sutton crowned World Champion. There are gear reviews for summer including the Immersion Research Comp LX drytop, Hydroscapes Full on Vest, and the must have vanity accessory for summer: a GoPro HD head camera. Available at bookstores and kayak-shops all over New Zealand & Australia or subscribe online to save over 30% on the cover price.
Environment Canterbury Commissioners have imposed a moratorium on resource consents to take, dam, divert or use water in the Waiau River catchment, saying “A moratorium would also allow due consideration to be given to the vision and principles of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy as set out in the Environment Canterbury Act."