From Melanie Grant:
"There is a new rapid on the Rangitikei, Utiku-Mangaweka section. About 2 rapids down from the virgin is a slip across the river with a tree in it, at higher flows it can be a grade 4, so if doing this stretch please be careful. If you are unsure check with somebody at the BP station at Mangaweka. Apparently it's difficult with a race boat maybe impossible, please can you tell your fellow paddlers. Thanks"