Conservation

Preservation of whitewater, threats to recreational amenity, wild and scenic rivers.

Kayakers reject Westpower proposal, seek Waitaha protection

Kayakers have rejected Westpower's proposal for a trust in mitigation for a proposed dam on on the Waitaha river. Eighteen months ago Whitewater NZ, FMC, Forest & Bird, and numerous individuals submitted to DoC on Westpower's proposals. Last month, DoC wrote to submitters (PDF) describing additional mitigation measures including a proposed "Westpower Tai Poutini Kayaking Trust" and two additional “no take” days.

Joint letter to Minister regarding Waitaha June 2017

Whitewater NZ, Forest & Bird and FMC wrote a joint letter to Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry regarding a possible concession for Westpower's proposed Waitaha hydro scheme:

Christchurch 8025

27 June 2017

Honourable Maggie Barry
Minister for Conservation
Freepost Parliament
Private Bag 18 888
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160

Dear Minister

Whitewater NZ backs Freshwater Rescue Plan

Kayakers' habitat is New Zealand's freshwater rivers; these rivers are increasingly under threat due to deteriorating water quality. In endorsing the Freshwater Rescue Plan, Whitewater NZ joins numerous other organisations including Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand Inc., New Zealand Recreation Association, Fish & Game New Zealand, Forest & Bird, Public Health Association, and the Tourism Export Council.

Submissions sought on Kaituna River plan

The Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority is seeking submissions on the new Kaituna River Document (PDF, 6MB). This document outlines the strategy for management of the Kaituna River itself, as well as nearby catchments and tributaries (including the Mangorewa), and will bring changes to related regional and district plans.

KJET re-apply for Kawarau access

KJET have once-again applied for resource consent to operate on the Kawarau River via Smith's Falls. Whitewater NZ is joining local clubs to oppose the consent because of safety concerns. Read the background to the issue and use our submission form prepared by WWNZ Conservation Officer Doug Rankin. Submissions close 2 September 2015.