Whitewater NZ delighted with Minister's WCO decision

Release date: 
Friday, November 1, 2013 - 00:00

Whitewater NZ is delighted that Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Amy Adams, has ratified the decision of the Environment Court to increase the level of protection offered to the iconic Nevis River.

Whitewater NZ volunteers have invested many hundreds of hours into supporting Otago Fish and Game’s application to amend the Kawarau Water Conservation Order (WCO) to improve protection for the superb recreational amenity provided by the Nevis River - including fishing and kayaking values.

“Whitewater NZ has always believed that the Nevis River deserved the highest level of recognition and protection possible,” said Glenn Murdoch, Whitewater NZ’s Nevis campaign manager. “The Nevis River offers a truly unique kayaking experience in New Zealand. Nowhere else does it feel like you are kayaking on the Moon.”

The Nevis River was partially protected by the 1994 Kawarau WCO, although the WCO allowed the Nevis River to be dammed for hydro power if the dam allowed for kayaking to continue.

“We always knew that a dam was 100% incompatible with the kayaking opportunity offered by the Nevis, and the entire kayaking community is delighted that the Minister has agreed with us,” said Mr Murdoch.

“We’re pleased that the Minister has taken account of the views of both the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and the NZ Conservation Authority that we should improve protection for New Zealand’s rivers.”

Glenn Murdoch
nevis@rivers.org.nz

Doug Rankin
conservation@rivers.org.nz

Whitewater NZ is a volunteer advocacy body for whitewater kayakers in New Zealand. Our purpose is to preserve New Zealand's whitewater resources and enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely. See www.rivers.org.nz for more information.