Draft Canterbury Water Management Strategy released

The Canterbury Water Management Strategy was released on Thursday 3 September. This strategy will be pivotal for kayakers in Canterbury and nationwide as it is likely to govern water management in Canterbury for the foreseeable future, and set a precedent on the national scene. The draft strategy (PDF, 2.1Mb) has had input from a huge range of stakeholders - from developers such as irrigators, energy generators and farmers, to Maori interests to conservation and recreational interests. Whitewater NZ will be submitting on the strategy and welcomes feedback from kayakers (send to conservation@rivers.org.nz). Individual kayakers and clubs (particularly those resident in Canterbury) are also encouraged to submit on the draft strategy, identifying the parts of it you wish to support and the parts where you'd like recreational and kayaking interests to be strengthened (e.g., targets, recreational representation). Submissions are due by 2 October and need to be sent to info@canterburywater.org.nz.