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

Safety

Accident and Incident database, incident reports, safe practice, equipment, rescue techniques, river hazards, grading system, code of practice.

River Safety and River Rescue subsidies available to Whitewater NZ members

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Whitewater NZ are very pleased to announce that we have received funding from Water Safety NZ to subsidise River Safety and River Rescue courses for the 2011 Spring paddling season. Current individual and club members of Whitewater NZ can apply for a $100 subsidy towards an approved River Safety or River Rescue course by contacting Membership Officer Jo Dovey on membership@rivers.co.nz.

WaterSafety releases "Be RiverSafe" DVD and Toolbox

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Water Safety NZ has released a "Be RiverSafe" DVD and Toolbox described as a mixture of information and suggested activities that can be used by teachers and leaders, young people and learners and anyone wanting to be river safe when they are enjoying an activity in, on or around a river. The resource includes online video of river features such as buffer waves, eddies, rapids and undercuts that are potentially useful for kayaking instructors.

Kayaker drowns on Mararoa River

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Invercargill man Mark Tressler (45) drowned on the Marora River, Southland on Monday 5 April. Reports indicate that the kayaker capsized and swam and was unresponsive to CPR. The incident is being investigated by Te Anau police and will be referred to the coroner. Maritime NZ have declined to investigate the incident, citing budget restrictions. (Incident report).

Jetboats on Upper Shotover, November 1

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Gordon Rayner advises another speed limit uplifting has been arranged to allow jetboats to travel on the Upper Shotover on Sunday 1 November. There will be 8 to 10 jet boats, travelling upstream through the Upper Shotover Gorge from Skippers bridge to McLeod's during the time corridor of 11am to 12pm. The jet boats will travel downstream from McLeods to Skippers bridge during the time corridor of 2:30 to 3:30pm. The jet boat organiser is Pete Steele (027 2650078).

Jetboats on Upper Shotover, October 25

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A speed limit uplifting has been arrange to allow jetboats to travel on the Upper Shotover on Sunday 25 October only. There will be 10 to 20 jet boats, travelling upstream through the upper Shotover Gorge from Skippers bridge to McLeod's during the time corridor of 11am to 12pm. The jet boats will travel downstream from McLeods to Skippers bridge during the time corridor of 3 to 4pm. The jet boat organiser is Dave Douglas from Danseys Pass (027 4361314).

About the Accident/Incident Database

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Overview of the Whitewater NZ Accident/Incident Database, scope and data definitions.

The Whitewater NZ Accident/Incident Database is intended to provide a definitive record of whitewater kayaking and canoeing incidents in New Zealand to raise awareness of the kayaking community regarding hazards and rescue techniques.

ARC safety bylaw attracts opposition

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Kayakers face fines of $200 for failing to carry a powerful light at night in after a safety bylaw was recently adopted by the Auckland Regional Council. Numerous kayaking organisations and individuals have criticised the lack of consultation and the poor quality of the resulting bylaw. In the NZRCA's submission on clause 2.17 Safety Officer Glenn Murdoch argues that the Auckland Regional Council safety bylaw (PDF) won't improve kayaker safety.

Submission on ARC Navigation Safety Bylaw

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NZRCA Safety Officer Glenn Murdoch argues that the recently adopted Auckland Regional Council safety bylaw (PDF) won't improve kayaker safety. Lack of consultation is a significant issue. Kevin Dunsford has compiled useful resources regarding the bylaw.

16 March, 2009

Our rivers are not renewable

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Our wild rivers are threatened by climate change and runaway power consumption. Electricity demand is predicted to keep growing at 1.3% - 2% or an extra 150-200 megawatts of generating capacity every year. That extra demand is equivalent to the generation produced by damming two rivers the size of the Hurunui and the Mohaka every year.

Trees in our rivers

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Hugh Canard offers a warning about trees in our rivers from the recent stormy weather.

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