Our purpose is to preserve New Zealand's whitewater resources and enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.


Ngaruroro WCO Application


Whitewater NZ has joined 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.

Kawarau Jetboat


Last year (2014) the Queenstown Lakes District C

Waitaha Hydro

Morgan Gorge. Photo: Zak Shaw

Westpower is seeking a DOC concession for a 20MW hydro scheme at the exit of Morgan Gorge on the pristine Waitaha River.

Kawarau WCO (Nevis)


The Kawarau WCO in 1997 didn't recognise or protect the outstanding recreational amenity on the Nevis River.

In 2008, a Special Tribunal to consider amendments to the Water Conservation Order also failed to sufficiently recognise or protect kayaking values (NZRCA Submission). Whitewater NZ, NZ and Otago Fish and Game Councils and Pioneer Generation Ltd. appealed the Tribunals decision to the Environment Court.

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