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Waitaha Hydro

Morgan Gorge. Photo: Zak Shaw

Westpower is seeking a DOC concession for a 20MW hydro scheme at the exit of Morgan Gorge on the pristine Waitaha River.

The scheme would involve an intake structure at the start of Morgan Gorge, taking water through a tunnel to a power station below the gorge, after which the flow would return to the river.

WWNZ modelling indicates that the scheme would result in a total loss of the recreational amenity in the gorge, due to the reduction in suitable flows for boating this challenging section.

DOC have notified the concession application and kayakers should make submissions to DOC to preserve the recreational amenity. Although Westpower have consulted with kayakers prior to the concession application it is not apparent that any of the feedback from paddlers has been taken into account.

Want to help?

  • Read Rebecca Macfie's article in the Listener for a very good summary of the issues.
  • Visit our campaign site wildriver.nz view great videos about the Waitaha and to sign a petition.
  • Make a submission using our template (.docx template, .odt template) but putting in your own words as much as possible, before 14 November 2016.
  • Also see DOC's How to submit (DOC), along with our Key Points (PDF) for details.
  • "" Facebook group.


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