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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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2016 AGM and Canoeist of the Year
Submitted by jonathan on Sun, 2016-08-28 19:39
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:
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 / -
(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 .
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.
The crowd-funded kayaking documentaryRivering 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.
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.
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.
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 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.