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Code of Practice, Version 1.1

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This Code of Practice is not an instruction manual but a document that highlights key safety and management issues in order to promote responsible kayaking which still allows for high levels of challenge and fun. It is intended that clubs or individuals can adopt this Code of Practice as it stands, or use it as a template to develop their own Code of Practice.

NZRCA responds to police advice after Waiwhakaiho fatality

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A man drowned on Sunday 1 February while tubing on a high Waiwhakaiho River in Taranaki. A reported comment from a Police search advisor (temporary link) included a comment "If people are going to go they should wear lifejackets or tie the tube to themselves." The NZRCA strongly rejects the advice (PDF, 196k) to tie a tube, boogie board or kayak to the paddler.

Shoulder dislocations

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Robin Rutter-Baumann describes an incident involving a dislocated shoulder in the Rangitata Gorge.

Making the headlines

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John Craven spends a night out in the bush after a kayak trip goes awry. This article originally appeared in korero, the newsletter of the Ruahine Canoe Club.

Public Liability

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Glenn Murdoch examines issues surrounding public liability for clubs and volunteers in the wake of the prosecution of the Le Race organiser Astrid Anderson for criminal nuisance. This article also appeared in NZ Canoeing 03.3, Summer 2003.

Jetboats on the Buller

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The Tasman District Council has announced that Jet Boating NZ intends to apply to uplift the speed limit on the Buller River and tributaries. This overview by Jonathan Hunt describes the relevant bylaw and the NZRCA's safety concerns.

Rule Part 91 and its implications for kayakers

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The MNZ have developed Rule Part 91 - The Navigation Safety Rule. Rule Part 91 became law on March 21, 2003. The new rule makes it compulsory for a certified PFD to be worn at times of "heightened risk".

Rule Part 91 and its implications for kayakers

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This overview of Maritime NZ's Rule Part 91 and its problematic implications for kayakers was written by Jonathan Hunt and Tony Ward-Holmes.

What Mick Hopkinson Takes Boating

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Mick Hopkinson describes his standard safety gear. This article was originally published in NZ Canoeing 02.3.

Graham's view on the Lower Hokitika

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This summary of findings from the investigation into the death of Rod Banks on the Lower Hokitika is by Graham Charles, who was appointed as Technical Expert by the Maritime Safety Authority. It appeared in NZ Canoeing 02.2, Autumn 2002. See also Tragedy on the Lower Hokitika by Vladimir Filipovic.
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