NZRCA disappointed with DoC rejection of access to Karangarua

The Department of Conservation has recommended that the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board decline the NZRCA's request for access to the Lower Karangarua River, as part of the review of the Westland /Tai Poutini National Park Management Plan. While DoC acknowledge that kayaking has minimal impact, they have decided that the disturbance of natural quiet is sufficient to reject kayaker access. The NZRCA will make further submissions to the Conservation Board who are tasked with making a final decision, and urges all kayakers who originally made submissions to reinforce their requests to the Conservation Board before 3 November 2000. For details of the NZRCA position see Access / Access to the Karangarua.