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  • Whitewater NZ, F&B, DOC appeal Mōkihinui dam

    Whitewater NZ have submitted an appeal to the Environment Court over the consent granted to Meridian Energy for a dam on the Mōkihinui River. The appeal seeks that the consents are not granted due the complete loss of kayaking amenity with no mitigation. The scheme does not promote sustainable management (because no one is making new rivers). The appeal points out that there is no bond for ultimate removal of the dam, and that the dam is unnecessary due to the Dobson and Stockton schemes that have already received consents.

  • Josh Neilson presents 'Realm'

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    Josh Neilson's latest production is called REALM: it follows four NZ kayakers around the world providing an insight into each of their lives, what they do and what motivates them to live this way. Dates have been set for Napier (17 April) and Wellington (24 April). See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEYfplJoHnQ

  • Kayaker drowns on Mararoa River

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    Invercargill man Mark Tressler (45) drowned on the Marora River, Southland on Monday 5 April. Reports indicate that the kayaker capsized and swam and was unresponsive to CPR. The incident is being investigated by Te Anau police and will be referred to the coroner. Maritime NZ have declined to investigate the incident, citing budget restrictions. (Incident report).

  • Mangahao release postponed

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    Mangahao Joint Venture has advised that the Mangahao release this Saturday will be postponed. A test operation on the the No. 2 dam bypass gate was carried out yesterday after problems with the gate forced the cancellation of last October's release. Unfortunately, the gate failed to open yesterday and remains jammed closed. The result came as a surprise as the gate opening was successfully tested earlier this year. If the gate can be repaired, a replacement date will be advertised for a Saturday in May.

  • New legislation weakens Water Conservation Orders and paves the way for dams on the Hurunui River

    This week, with the passing of the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Bill, the National Government has fundamentally undermined Water Conservation Orders in Canterbury, reneged on their environmental credentials and taken an unprecedented step towards allowing developers free access to the Hurunui River.

    Since 1991 the Resource Management Act, through Water Conservation Orders, has provided a robust mechanism for ensuring that our most important rivers have been protected.

  • CUMEC Magazine Issue 10

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    CUMEC #10 is available now, and features an interview with Andy Fuller, Whitewater Frontiers - The Indian Himalayas by James Thorp, Into the Jungle - Exploring Sumatra by Jared Meehan, Intermediate Independence - by Rachel Lynskey, Top Ten Tips - Creeking in Quebec by Josh Neilson, Quick-fire Interview - Lifeblood of the Nation, Events - Xmas @ Kaituna by Antz Longman, Technique - Cross Current Speed with Zak Shaw, Videography 101 - with Wayne Johnson, Paddling Fit - Pins & Needles by Megan Foster plus news, event reports, the gallery, competitions a

  • FJ @ FJ 2010 - Freestyle Jam at Full James

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    Brendan Bayly advises about a Freestyle Kayaking event open to everyone of all ranges of abilities at Fulljames/Ngaawapurua rapids in Taupo, 20 and 21 March (weekend

  • Hurunui Water Project reactivates consents

    The Christchurch Press reports the Hurunui Water Project has reactivated its consent applications for a 75m high dam on the South Branch of the Hurunui river and a weir at the outlet of Lake Sumner.

  • Tekapo release cancelled but Pukaki spilling

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    Alan Hoffman reports that the Tekapo Release this weekend has been cancelled due to the high level of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Consequently the Pukaki spillway will be discharging 140 cumecs from now until next week, including this weekend.

  • Buller Festival 2010

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    Ben Jackson announces the goods for Buller Festival 2010. Friday March 5 - Kayak Boater Cross on Murchison's endangered Matakitaki. Saturday March 6 - Kayak Slalom (individual and teams), Rafter Cross and the 'famous as' Rock the Buller Party. This years party theme is TBC so stay tuned. Sunday March 7 sees us release kayakers back into the wild via our new and improved Big Air Ramp. This year's event also sees the New Zealand Rafting Selections for the World Champs.
  • Wairoa Extreme Race 2010

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    Stefan Gilmour advises the Wairoa Extreme Race is going to be back for 2010. It is going to be a one-day race format with the time trial starting at 10.20 sharp, and the head-to-head races starting at the conclusion of the time trail. The event will be held on Saturday 13 February 2010 with Sunday 14 being a back up day, and or fun event day such as a ball race (to be confirmed). Entries will open in early January with the entry cost to be confirmed.

  • NZ Canoeing 0.3, Summer 2009

    The latest NZ Canoeing has been sent to members, featuring Conservation news (Hurunui, Matiri, Mokihinui, CPW, Log books, Access) (Tony Ward-Holmes), A day on a wild river (Tony Ward-Holmes), The Upper Waiau River (Polly Miller), What is a river worth? (Jeremy Watt), Release schedule. Read more in NZ Canoeing 09.3 (PDF, 5.2Mb).

  • Stockton Plateau hydro to proceed

    Commissioners have indicated in a Minute (issued 18 December) that consents for the Stockton Plateau hydro project have been approved. The project is likely to slightly reduce the number of days on which the Ngakawau is boatable, but the water quality will be improved by the removal of mining pollutants. The project was supported by Whitewater NZ, as the 240GWh expected from the scheme makes a Mohikinui dam less necessary.

  • DOC confirms Upper Waiau access

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    DOC have released the Operational Plan for the St James Conservation Area. It recognised the value of the Upper Waiau, noting Below the point where it is joined by the Ada River, the upper Waiau River is one of the best rivers for rafting and kayaking in the eastern South Island.

  • Rangipo power station shut-down

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    Genesis Energy have advised that the Rangipo Power Station is planned to be shut down between the 7th and 18th January 2010. Based on past years, the flow below Rangipo dam will be approximately 19 cumecs (including the discharge from the Waihohonu tunnel). The increased flows will affect the Access 14 and Access 13 sections of the Tongariro River.

  • Release dates for 2010

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    Release dates for 2010 have been added to the Events & Releases section for:

  • Day on a Wild River, 28/29 November

    Across the country, the organisations involved with Wild Rivers are hosting a "Day on a Wild River" to help everybody understand the beauty and importance of New Zealand's remaining wild rivers. Over the weekend 28-29 November, events including raft and kayak descents, fishing, bush walks and tours, environmental talks, picnics and bbqs will occur at various locations.

  • CUMEC Magazine Issue 9

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    Antz Longman advises, CUMEC Magazine issue #9 is out now featuring Canadian Summers, Creeking in Val Sesia, Italy by Justin Gale, interview with Mike Dawson on the Sickline World Championships, Interview with Cooper Lambla on 12 months in NZ, Voss Extreme week by Jason Juno, The Southern Circuit (NZ) by Megan Foster & Crescent Head/Byron Bay (AUS) by Tracy Gibson, Murray White Water Festival from Western Australia.

  • Revised Waimakariri scheme likely to proceed

    Whitewater NZ Conservation Officer Tony Ward-Holmes advises, "The Central Plains Water Commissioners have issued "Minute 11" (PDF, 453KB), which in their words is "in effect an interim decision." The decision is that the remaining consents (apart from those for the Waianiwniwa reservoir which were previously turned down) will be granted.

  • Mangahao Release Cancelled

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    The Mangahao Release, which was scheduled for today, has been cancelled due to mechanical failure. Todd Energy have advised that the slalom course will be running with 12 cumecs from 11:30 AM.

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