Matakitaki Hydro

The Matakitaki River is under threat of three dams, which would inundate the Middle Matakitaki and dewater the Lower Matakitaki. We need your feedback about the damming of the Matakitaki.

Background

The Matakitaki River is under threat of three dams, which would inundate the Middle Matakitaki and dewater the Lower Matakitaki. The Glenroy was also under consideration, but has been ruled out as too small.

  • We don't know if all three dams are required to make the scheme viable.
  • The lowest dam is at the bottom of the Middle Matakitaki, which will be completely drowned.
  • The dams upstream will reduce the average flow during the day in the Lower Matakitaki, possibly to much lower than usual flows.
  • Quite large floods could be completely captured by the 3 reservoirs planned, i.e. no flood flows down Lower Matakitaki unless they are major.
  • Network Tasman directors meet at the end of July, to consider if they are going to commit $1 million to a Feasibility Study.
  • We think they greatly understimate the expense and length of any battle to gain consents, not to mention the likelihood that they will lose.

We need your feedback about the damming of the Matakitaki. We will then pass it on to Network Tasman’s consultation facilitators, plus Network Tasman themselves.

Network Tasman Matakitaki Hydroelectric Investigations: Frequently Asked Questions (pdf 351KB).

Submission form

Please fill in the submission form and send it back by Sunday 12th of July to: conservation@rivers.org.nz

Some hints for filling out the submission form

Qualifications and Experience

  • Include years experience kayaking and if possible the number of days you’ve spent on the Matakitaki (dig out your log book if you have one)
  • Mention to what grade you paddle
  • Mention if you’ve paddled overseas
  • Include instruction/other relevant qualifications

What do you most value about the three sections of the Matakitaki river for kayaking?

  • Include the different kinds of kayaking you do, and where the Matakitaki fits in (you may do slalom, freestyle, downriver racing, creeking…rafting and inflatables also count)
  • Explain how the Matakitaki has been important for your kayaking.
  • If you’ve done any instructing on the Matakitaki, talk about its value as a teaching river
  • If you’ve paddled overseas, comment on how the Matakitaki compares with other similar rivers you’ve paddled. If you think it is outstanding, say so!
  • If you’ve taken overseas tourists down, include their feedback.
  • Mention the different aspects of the Matakitaki experience you value, consider which flows you enjoy, your experience of river access, whether you enjoy the scenic nature of the river.
  • Separate out your comments – be specific about the different sections – there are three! Upper Matakitaki (class 1-2), Middle Matakitaki (class 2), and Lower Matakitaki (class 3+)
  • What would you lose, if Network Tasman dammed the Matakitaki?

Conclusion

Finish with a strong concluding statement saying that the Matakitaki River should be preserved in its current state for future generations of kayakers.

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