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.
Bruce Webber (email@example.com) is running a couple of kayaking events at the Kawerau Slalom site. On Saturday 7 March, there will be "two courses set up - an easy course and a more challenging course. We will start with a timed run on the course of choice. Then unlimited practice. Second timed run early arvo, lets see how much better you get.", On Sunday 8 March, "Rapid races on the main slalom site, head to head and must catch one eddy. We will match kayaks and there will be a plastic boat class.
BullerFest 2009 is rapidly approaching. Featuring Boater Cross on Friday 27 February. Kayak Slalom (individual and teams), Rafter Cross and the famous Rock the Buller Party on Saturday 28. Sunday March 1 sees the return of the kayak Big Air competition. Rock the Buller Party with DJ's O.B One (UK) and Aunty Ethel (Takaka). A weekend not to be missed. Contact Ben Jackson or Karl Reece at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposed National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management fails to safeguard recreational interests. For example, the definition in the NPS of "environmental flows and water levels" has specific regard to protecting, maintaining, enhancing or restoring Notable Values. Notable values include recreational values. However, recreational values are not currently considered in the draft NES on Ecological Flows and Water Levels.
The Poutu Canal outage has been progressing ahead of schedule. The original completion date was 23 December, however, the likely finish date for this project is now between 16 and 19 December. When the project is finished the canal will be reinstated, reducing the flow in the Tongariro River below Poutu Intake to 16 cumecs.
Following a drowning on Wednesday 26 at Spa Park, it has been requested that river users show their respect by refraining from using the Waikato River between Control Gates and Huka Falls on the Waikato River. Futher notice will be given once this section is opened. If you have any questions, please contact Helen Brosnan at Taupo District Council (07 376 0835).
CUMEC #6 features female kayakers doing slalom, sea kayaking, expedition paddling and surf kayaking. The issue contains articles on dealing with headspace, descending the Marsyandi, an introduction to surf kayaking, the first descent of the Big River, and an interview with Nikki Kelly.