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Wairoa release dates for 2011/2012


Kaimai Canoe Club have announced release dates for the Wairoa as agreed with Trustpower Ltd.

Tongariro flowing


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.

Adventure on the Upper Hokitika

Nic Thomas describes an eventful descent of the Upper Hokitika. This article originally appeared in NZ Canoeing 11.1.

Too precious to dam

Polly Miller described this trip down the Mokihinui River in NZ Canoeing 10.3.

Guide to the Whanganui River, 18th edition, now available


The 18th edition Whitewater NZ's Guide to the Whanganui River is now available with some changes to accommodation and branding. Available at DOC Centers near the river or order using our Order Form (PDF, 143KB). Whitewater NZ members receive a discount.

Two Mangahao releases for October


Two Mangahao releases have been scheduled for October 2010.

Access to the Waiatoto


Some months ago the Otago conservancy of DOC released their proposed Mt Aspiring National Park Management Plan. It is due to be approved by the NZ Conservation Authority and assuming nothing surprising happens, Whitewater NZ has had a significant win by retaining aerial access to Bonar Flats on the Waiatoto River.

Mangahao release


A Mangahao release has been scheduled for 22 May to replace the release which was cancelled last month.

Josh Neilson presents 'Realm'


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

Mangahao release postponed


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.

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