Threat to Parapara River G.Bay

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Is the NZRCA aware of a threat to the Parapara in Golden Bay? It was reported in the Nelson Mail that there is a proposed hydro scheme that could jeopordise kayaking on the river. I cannot find the article on the web, but have a link to some information on it here: http://www.projectresource.co.nz/paraparascheme.htm

The Parapara is listed in Graham Charles' book and is one of the view easily accessible higher grade runs in Golden Bay/Nelson.

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The environmental assessment makes no mention of kayaking recreation.

This is fairly typical of consent applications on rivers. The general public has no idea what we get up to. Either no mention of paddlesports or a completely different picture is presented compared to our collective knowledge.

This once again emphasises the needs for all paddlers to keep log books, write articles, trip reports and generally publicise our activities to the general public. Sad but true.

Some pics and a story in the Golden Bay community newsletter would help.

Why not post some pics of paddlers this river on the NZRCA website. Email the webmaster for how to do it.