Apparently a permit system is being enforced for access through the Kaingaroa Forest to sections such as the Jeff's Joy run on the Rangitaiki river. The forest is managed by Timberlands and permits can be obtained from Independent Security Consultants Ltd. (ISCL). Timberlands provide data on forest access and permits.
The Canterbury Mayoral Forum is consulting on a sustainable water management framework for Canterbury through the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS). The discussion document (PDF, 1.3Mb) offers four options including improving current mechanisms, advancing environmental protection, reconfiguring consents and infrastructure, and advancing infrastructure.
Contact Energy has dusted off plans for four separate hydropower dams on the Clutha River. Existing dams at Clyde and Roxburgh would be joined by dams at any of Luggate (25m, 86MW), Queensberry (14m, 160MW), Beaumont (30m, 185MW) and Tuapeka Mouth (50m, 350MW). Contact is seeking public comment on the proposals before selecting preferred options for further advancement in 2010. Details and discussion forum are available at www.contactenergy.co.nz/clutha.
Whitewater NZ Conservation Officer Glenn Murdoch is busy putting together a slideshow demonstrating the beauty of our wild, remote and scenic rivers. He is looking for high quality images that can be used in campaigns and in presentations to stakeholders. The images don't need to be of steep rapids or boaters doing radical moves - we are after images that show how beautiful our rivers are. If you are happy to share your photos, contact Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NZRCA Annual General Meeting was held yesterday in at the Awara Clubrooms in Christchurch. Outgoing President Mike Birch presented the Annual Report to Members for 2009. Following elections of officers, Polly Miller (Christchurch) is the new President. Duncan Catanach is the new Vice-President. Ian Gill-Fox (Christchurch) is the new Safety Officer, following on from Glenn Murdoch who has been coopted as South Island Conservation Officer. Mike Birch steps down from President after four years and is now looking after Access.
An ambitious proposal for a $60 million artificial whitewater park as part of Stage 2 of the TelstraClear Pacific Events center has been launched. The Counties Manakau Community Trust are seeking expressions of support from the community. The scheme would offer an Olympic quality whitewater course that would also attract school groups and tourists. Sign up to show your support.
The Piripaua and Whakamarinoreleases will be going ahead this weekend (4th and 5th April 2009). Bernie Kelly was at the river last weekend clearing logs and obstructions and took some photos. Follow the hot tip!.
Kiwi kayak auteur Josh Neilson writes, "This film follows us kayaking in Norway, USA and the Nepali Womens Kayak Expedition that happened last year. I was lucky enough to spend six weeks with a bunch of amazing Kiwi and international women teaching Nepalese women to kayak and get them ready to take on the male-dominated industry. The film is 1 hour long and half covers the adrenaline-packed creeking segment and the other half of the story is some amazing kiwi women kayakers.
Bill Parks writes, "Dave Kwant and I are working on a documentary on NZ kayaking, a combination why-we-kayak/conservation/history film. For the historical section we are looking for old footage (super-8 film, VHS, whatever) as well as old photos. If anyone out there has material from the earliest days of river-running in NZ through the 1980's that you are willing to share, please contact me. First descents, old rafts, rowboats, fiberglass boats, dancers... anything like that that shows the development of the sport and the Kiwi ties to the outdoors would be great.