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.

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.