Whitewater NZ aims to promote safe, enjoyable canoeing, by undertaking the following tasks:
- Facilitate the provision of independent advice
- Maintain incident database
- Maintain uniform national grading system
- Publish and promote safety code (code of practice)
- Maintain kayak river safety and competency syllabi and approve course providers
Topics: River Safety & River Rescue Courses | Course Providers | Code of Practice | Epics and Incidents: Whataroa, Kawarau, Mangorewa, Hokitika, Kahuterawa, Kakapotahi, Mangahao | Jetboats | Paddling flooded rivers | Public Liability | Shoulder dislocations | Surfer's Ear
Whitewater NZ has made a submission on ACC's Drowning Prevention Strategy (Feb 2005).
Proposals for jetboats on Buller raise safety concerns.
The Maritime NZ (MNZ) (formerly MSA) have introduced Rule Part 91, which makes most current PFDs, and even surfing on many waves, illegal. Jonathan Hunt and Tony Ward-Holmes provide an overview of the implications of Rule Part 91.
Whitewater NZ has opposed an application to extend a tourist jetboat service through Smith's Falls citing conservation and safety concerns; also read the press release (PDF, 75k).
Learn from the incidents reported in the Accident/Incident Database.
Kayakers on the Whangaehu and Tongariro rivers should be aware of lahars.
Glenn Murdoch examines issues surrounding public liability for clubs and volunteers in the wake of the prosecution of the Le Race organiser Astrid Anderson for criminal nuisance. Earlier, Kent France summarised public liability of clubs involved in kayaking. Pip Lynch assesses the implications of criminal nuisance prosecutions in outdoor recreation. Tony Ward-Holmes reflects on the nature of risk recreation and issues of liability (2004).
Having trouble with jetboats? We and the Maritime Safety Authority want to know all about it. Please read Robin Rutter-Baumann's article on jetboat Accidents and Incidents. Glenn Murdoch raises concerns about jetboats on the Hawea (2004).
Whitewater NZ submitted regarding proposals to plug the gap in Rock A on the Rangitaiki River (2004).
Epics and Incidents
Dave Nelson relates a tale of a trip down a flooded Mangorewa river that turned into a weekend epic (May 1997).
John Craven and Graeme McIntyre spent a night in the bush after a trip on the Kahuterawa stream went awry, as described in Making the Headlines. Police later praised their preparedness and decision-making.