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Whakapapa Release


There has been enough rain overnight for the release to proceed today, (Sunday, 13 September) and there will be about 16 cumecs below the intake from about 9:00am.

Whakapapa Release Possible


Genesis Energy have advised that the proposed Whakapapa release for tomorrow (September 26) will probably proceed, although the river flow can change quickly . Further information.

Register for the next Piripaua Release


Whitewater NZ is assisting the Hawkes Bay Canoe Club and Genesis Energy to organise the next Waikaremoana release on the Waikaretaheke River. In order for the release to go ahead a minimum number of kayakers will need to register on-line at http://nzrivers.wufoo.com/forms/register/.

DOC seeks trip limits, permits for Karamea


In a review of the Kahurangi National Park Management Plan, DOC are proposing a yearly limit on trips (twelve, across the entire park), a restriction on landings, and a permit system for kayakers. This will affect access to the Karamea and other rivers such as the Anatoki, Slate, Waingaro and others. Nowhere in the plan are trips by kayakers identified as a source of user conflict.

Kahurangi air access review

DOC is reviewing the Management Plan for Kahurangi National Park. The review proposes multiple restrictions on helicopter access to river such as the Karamea.

Wairoa release dates for 2009/2010


Kaimai Canoe Club have announced the Wairoa Release dates for 2009/2010

Upper Waiau Access


Graham Charles says, "A multi-day package of interesting whitewater, great mountain scenery and fantastic camping makes the [Upper] Waiau trip both rare and hard to turn down."

Feedback on Upper Waiau access sought


DoC is seeking feedback on the St James Conservation Area. This is your chance to be heard regarding access to the classic Upper Waiau. Submissions due 14 September.

Notes on Waiatoto access

Jonathan Hunt highlights some specific aspects of the Mount Aspiring National Park Draft Management Plan (PDF, 760K) that proposes to reduce kayaker access to the Waiatoto River.

Mount Aspiring plan reduces access for kayakers


Existing access to the multi-day Waiatoto River is under threat by new access arrangements outlined in DoC's Mount Aspiring National Park Draft Management Plan (PDF, 760K). The plan intends to limit Waiatoto trips to maximum of 12 people and only the period 15 October to 31 December.

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