I took a friend down the Kaituna recently. He swam through the race and spent a very long 10 seconds investigating how deep the river is at the weir. Meanwhile we lost track of his paddle. We looked for the paddle (a nice expensive type similar to a pogo) without success but were later informed that it was stuck between Okere Falls and the weir. I again failed to find it on the second trip but decided to get out and climb over the old powerstation to have a better look around. Upon doing so I discovered someone had taken the paddle off the river and stashed it quite well hidden behind some of the concrete pilings. Normally I would have thought that if you were trying to return a paddle to its owner you would not stash it well out of sight. Which leads me reluctantly to the conclusion that some arsehole kayaker thought he might hide it and collect it later. New Zealand has a serious problem with car-smashing thefts, To think that there are paddlers who do this sort of @!#$ really pisses me off. May karma do its thing.