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.

Appeal re Hurunui WCO

Whitewater NZ has appealed the Special Tribunal's recommendation for a Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui seeking inclusion of the South Branch in order to protect the outstanding characteristics of Maori Gully.

Draft Canterbury Water Management Strategy released

The Canterbury Water Management Strategy was released on Thursday 3 September. This strategy will be pivotal for kayakers in Canterbury and nationwide as it is likely to govern water management in Canterbury for the foreseeable future, and set a precedent on the national scene.

Kayaker support needed to protect Hurunui

[19 August] The Hurunui Water Project (HWP) has applied to Environment Canterbury (ECan) for consents to erect two dams on the Hurunui; a weir at the Lake Sumner outlet and a 75m dam on the South Branch. This will result in a clipping of peak flood flows and a general raising of natural low summer flows (to >40 cumecs), as water is released down through the upper river to allow a 32cu off-take down near Mandamus for irrigation. Despite the Tribunal recommending a WCO for the Upper Hurunui waters, the draft WCO offers no protection for the South Branch and is subject to appeal.

Large Scale Irrigation Proposal by the Hurunui Water Project

Doug Rankin describes the background to the Hurunui Water Project and how kayakers can be involved.

Hurunui Water Project

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Tribunal recommends Hurunui Water Conservation Order

The Special Tribunal has recommended a WCO be granted to protect the North Branch of the Hurunui River (Report of Special Tribunal (PDF, 3MB)). No protection is offered for the South Branch (where the Hurunui Water Project wants a 75m dam).

Strong Opposition to Proposed Matakitaki River Hydro-scheme

Whitewater NZ has presented Network Tasman with feedback from over 200 kayakers and kayaking organisations (PDF, 277KB), opposing the proposed hydro scheme on the Matakitaki River in Murchison. Feedback has been received not only from kayakers around New Zealand but also from kayakers and visitors from overseas, highlighting the value that the Matakitaki River has as a recreational and teaching kayaking resource.

Strong Opposition to Proposed Matakitaki River Hydro-scheme

29 July 2009
Whitewater NZ (formerly known as the NZ Recreational Canoeing Association) has presented Network Tasman with feedback from over 200 kayakers and kayaking organisations, opposing the proposed hydro scheme on the Matakitaki River in Murchison. Feedback has been received not only from kayakers around New Zealand but also from kayakers and visitors from overseas, highlighting the value that the Matakitaki River has as a recreational and teaching kayaking resource.

Hurunui Water Project threatens natural flows

The Hurunui Water Project (HWP) proposes a weir at the outlet of Lake Sumner, and a 75m high dam on the South Branch of the Hurunui. This would affect flows on all sections of the Hurunui river. This project has been lodged since the application by Whitewater NZ and Fish & Game for a Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui River.

Hurunui Water Project

Following the expiration of the moratorium on consents in the Hurunui and Waiau catchments, the Hurunui Water Project has applied for and been granted resource consents for a revised and expanded hydro and irrigation scheme focussed on the Waitohi River.

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