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  • 1080 drop at Ngaruroro River

    Photograph of gloved hand hold green and brown bait pellets.

    A possum control operation is planned for the Tutaekuri area over the summer. The operators advise "there will be no 1080 risk to people who drink water from streams and rivers in the area following the operation. Biodegradable 1080 is highly soluble and does not persist in water or soil.

  • Jetboat sunk in Maori Gully


    Ian Fox, Deputy Harbourmaster for ECan, has issued a river hazard warning:

    The Environment Canterbury Harbourmaster’s Office has received today a report that on Sunday 23 July 2017 a jet boat sank in Maori Gully, Hurunui River.

  • Whitewater NZ backs Freshwater Rescue Plan

    Kayakers' habitat is New Zealand's freshwater rivers; these rivers are increasingly under threat due to deteriorating water quality. In endorsing the Freshwater Rescue Plan, Whitewater NZ s numerous other organisations including Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand Inc., New Zealand Recreation Association, Fish & Game New Zealand, Forest & Bird, Public Health Association, and the Tourism Export Council.

  • Submissions sought on Kaituna River plan

    Kayakers on Kaituna River

    The Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority is seeking submissions on the new Kaituna River Document (PDF, 6MB).

  • Hunua Falls run in "leap of faith"


    On Wednesday 29 March, posted a of himself running Hunua Falls (30m) for a possible first descent. Hunua Falls is on the Wairoa River in the Hunua Ranges, near Auckland. Typically the falls only have a flow of 2-3cumecs but on the descent day the flow peaked at 65cumecs.

  • Kayakers frustrated by Mangahao release failure


    Kayakers from all over the North Island were looking forward to the Mangahao River dam release scheduled for Saturday 18 March, after many years of non-releases, ostensibly to repair the dam gate. Unfortunately at 8am on Saturday the dam operator informed Whitewater NZ that the gate failed to open when required.

  • The Endless Summer 2016-2017

    Check out the amazing series of whitewater events planned for this summer, from to the Okere Falls Champions Race & Andy Duff Memorial Race, to Wairoa Extreme Race, Bullerfest and Citroën Extreme Race, plus slalom and rafting events. See the attached infographic for details.
  • Kaikoura Earthquake - Take care on the river and let us know any changes


    The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck North Canterbury in the early morning of Monday 14 November has caused some dramatic changes to our landscapes.

  • 2016 AGM and Canoeist of the Year


    On Saturday 27 July, Whitewater NZ held its Annual General Meeting at University of Canterbury, Christchurch. We reviewed the previous year's achievements and challenges (PDF, 1.3MB). Other highlights included:

  • Closure of Motueka River for logging (till 18 Nov)


    Tasman District Council have granted Hancock Forest Management a temporary closure of the Motueka River in a ~5km section of the Motueka River from near the Northern end of Aratapu Road to McLeans Reserve (between 172°47.380 / -41°17.633 and 172°48.564 / -

  • Rangitaiki River (Aniwhenua) closure 29 Mar-1 Apr

    (Updated) Timberlands Forestry have advised that they will be tree felling next to the Rangitaiki River approximately 400m downstream of the power station and as such are restricting public access to the river from 7am till 4pm during work days (Monday to Friday). There will be a security guard present at the power station enforcing this closure. This will not affect weekend or after hours access. For more information, contact Jody Thompson .

  • West Coast river claims Pirongia kayaker

    Sean Curtis on Teigdal River, Norway. Photo: Greg Clark

    Pirongia kayaker Sean Curtis, 20, drowned on Wednesday 2 March after getting into difficulties on the Collier's Gorge section of the Whitcombe River. He was submerged for 20 minutes and was unconscious when recovered. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

  • "Rivering" screenings in Christchurch, Auckland, Okere Falls

    Rivering poster

    The crowd-funded kayaking documentary Rivering New Zealand premiere showings will be held in Christchurch (3 March), Auckland (17 March) and Okere Falls (19 March). Rivering has been led by Bill Parks and Glenn Murdoch with contributions from many others.

  • Ngaruroro River WCO sought

    Whitewater NZ has ed with Fish & Game NZ, Fish & Game Hawke’s Bay, Forest and Bird, Jet Boating NZ and Ngati Hori ki Kohupatiki to seek a Water Conservation Order (WCO) for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers in Hawke’s Bay.

  • Kayakers protest jetboats at Dogleg


    Gordon Rayner of Central Otago Whitewater reports that around 100 kayakers and rafters attend the protest paddle, meeting at the Dogleg put-in with the Kawarau River running at 180 cumecs. "Do Little and Dogleg rapids were going off," Gordon said.

  • Kaituna River access: Coroner's inquest re Louise Jull

    Last week Matt Bennett made a submission on behalf of Whitewater NZ to the Coroner's inquest into the death of Louise Jull on the Kaituna River. John Snook also made an independent submission. In doing so they became party to all other submissions (currently confidential). Whitewater NZ has sought professional legal counsel to aid in our submission.

  • KJET re-apply for Kawarau access

    KJET have once-again applied for resource consent to operate on the Kawarau River via Smith's Falls. Whitewater NZ is ing local clubs to oppose the consent because of safety concerns. Read the background to the issue and use our submission form prepared by WWNZ Conservation Officer Doug Rankin. Submissions close 2 September 2015.

  • Kayakers mourn death of Louise Jull on Kaituna

    Photo: https://www.facebook.com/322288427935070/photos/pb.322288427935070.-22075

    Talented kayaker Louise Jull went missing from her kayak during a descent of the Kaituna river on Wednesday evening. Her body was found the following morning by raft-based searchers.

  • 'Rivering' movie seeks crowd-funding


    Bill Parks and Glenn Murdoch are seeking donations for their movie "Rivering".

  • Westpower seeks DOC concession for Waitaha hydro

    Morgan Gorge. Photo: Zak Shaw
    Westpower is seeking a DOC concession for a 20MW hydro scheme on the pristine Waitaha River.
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