Access to rivers, touring and trip reports, recreational releases, river usage.

Tongariro Power Scheme maintenance resumes

Genesis Energy has advised that the Poutu Canal maintenance programme has been rescheduled for 25 March 2008 to 25 May 2008. The four month maintenance programme started last January, but was suspended due to electricity shortages and the need to maximise generation from the Tongariro Power Scheme. The Tongariro River below Poutu Intake (Access 10 run) will be flowing at about 30 to 35 cumecs, although rainfall and generation flow changes will affect flow rates.

Secondary Schools and Open Nationals in Canoe Slalom and Down River racing

Sue Clarke advises that the Secondary Schools and Open Nationals for slalom and down river racing will be held on the Tarawera River, Kawerau from 17-23 March (Easter week). Join us in the sunny Eastern Bay of Plenty for a few days of fun and competition. There is the opportunity to paddle Wairoa on Sunday 16th, Kaituna or Anawhenua so plenty of paddling for everyone making the trip worthwhile.

Buller Festival 2008 - February 29, March 1 and 2

Buller Festival is happening this year on February 29 and the March 1 and 2. The event kicks off on Friday 29 with paddlers going head-2-head in the Extreme Race back on the Lower Matakitaki. Join Ben Jackson on Friday night for a slideshow and tall tales of recent travels in the Indian Himalaya's.

Women on Whitewater (WOW) on again in February

Clare McLennan says that after the huge success of last years event, Women on Whitewater (WOW) are pleased to announce that there will be two womens' weekends in February. The first event will be held at Murchison on 8-10 February. A couple of weeks later head to the the North Island weekend to be at Mohaka on 23-24th February. These weekends are a chance for women of all skill levels to come together, learn new skills and generally have heaps of fun paddling together.