Earlier this month acceptance testing of Wairehu Playhole was undertaken by kayakers. Representatives from Genesis Energy and their Engineers, NZRCA and Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre were present.
Unfortunately the playhole did not perform as expected and as a result the playhole remains closed to the public. This was very disappointing to all parties involved in the project. However the playhole design is being reviewed to provide a safe kayaking environment and it is hoped that remedial engineering work can be undertaken this summer. Site modifications can only occur when Wairehu Canal is dry i.e. during periods of dry weather, usually late summer. In the meantime the site remains closed.