Our purpose is to preserve New Zealand's whitewater resources and enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.

Conservation

Preservation of whitewater, threats to recreational amenity, wild and scenic rivers.

RMA reforms are of serious concern to kayakers

Proposed RMA reforms are of serious concern to kayakers and any other person that relaxes and recreates in the outdoors. The government's proposed reforms for the Resource Management Act and freshwater management pose a real threat to water-based recreation, says Whitewater New Zealand President Matthew Bennett. They put at risk New Zealanders' values and quality of life.

The discussion document "Improving our resource management system" proposes to remove clauses protecting recreational amenity and add new requirements to provide for "renewable energy" and "provision of infrastructure."

Kayakers aghast at hydro approval for wild and pristine river

Whitewater NZ is dismayed and perplexed the Department of Conservation (DOC) is proposing to grant Westpower a concession for a hydro scheme on the South Island's wild and pristine Waitaha River.

Whitewater NZ is the national kayaking organisation, representing kayakers throughout the country.

The organisation's Conservation Officer, Doug Rankin, says they are aghast at the proposal to develop the Waitaha, which is in a remote area west of the Southern Alps.

Ngaruroro River WCO sought

Whitewater NZ has joined with Fish & Game NZ, Fish & Game Hawke’s Bay, Forest and Bird, Jet Boating NZ and Ngati Hori ki Kohupatiki to seek a Water Conservation Order (WCO) for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers in Hawke’s Bay.

Ngaruroro WCO Application

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Whitewater NZ has joined with Fish & Game NZ, Fish & Game Hawke’s Bay, Forest and Bird, Jet Boating NZ and Ngati Hori ki Kohupatiki to seek a Water Conservation Order (WCO) for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers in Hawke’s Bay.

KJET re-apply for Kawarau access

KJET have once-again applied for resource consent to operate on the Kawarau River via Smith's Falls. Whitewater NZ is joining local clubs to oppose the consent because of safety concerns. Read the background to the issue and use our submission form prepared by WWNZ Conservation Officer Doug Rankin. Submissions close 2 September 2015.

Kawarau Jetboat

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Last year (2014) the Queenstown Lakes District C

Westpower seeks DOC concession for Waitaha hydro

Morgan Gorge. Photo: Zak Shaw
Westpower is seeking a DOC concession for a 20MW hydro scheme on the pristine Waitaha River.

Waitaha Hydro

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Morgan Gorge. Photo: Zak Shaw

Westpower is seeking a DOC concession for a 20MW hydro scheme at the exit of Morgan Gorge on the pristine Waitaha River.

Matakitaki dam plan abandoned

Last year we passed on the news that Network Tasman had put its Matakitaki hydro scheme on hold due to unfavourable economic conditions. Now the valley land owned by Network Tasman is being sold meaning that the possibility of a hydro scheme inundating the river is probably gone for good.

Nevis River protected from dams

Minister for Environment Amy Adams has announced that dams will be prohibited on the Nevis River, per the majority recommendation of the Environment Court. Whitewater NZ volunteers have invested many hundreds of hours into supporting Otago Fish and Game’s application to amend the Kawarau Water Conservation Order (WCO) to improve protection for the superb recreational amenity provided by the Nevis River - including fishing and kayaking values.

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