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

Conservation

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

RMA reforms are of serious concern to kayakers

Proposed RMA reforms are of serious concern to kayakers and any other person that relaxes and recreates in the outdoors. The government's proposed reforms for the Resource Management Act and freshwater management pose a real threat to water-based recreation, says Whitewater New Zealand President Matthew Bennett. They put at risk New Zealanders' values and quality of life.

The discussion document "Improving our resource management system" proposes to remove clauses protecting recreational amenity and add new requirements to provide for "renewable energy" and "provision of infrastructure."

Kayakers reject Westpower proposal, seek Waitaha protection

Kayaker Barney Young in the depths of Morgan Gorge surrounded by water and rocks

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.

1080 operation around Perth River

Perth Valley Project - Consenting and Treatment Areas, 2018, zip.org.nz (23MB)

Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP), DOC and Predator Free 2050 Limited are carrying out research in the Perth River Valley, to develop an approach to completely remove possums (and potentially rats) from forested areas and prevent them from re-establishing.

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

Kayakers aghast at hydro approval for wild and pristine river

Whitewater NZ is dismayed and perplexed the Department of Conservation (DOC) is proposing to grant Westpower a concession for a hydro scheme on the South Island's wild and pristine Waitaha River.

Whitewater NZ is the national kayaking organisation, representing kayakers throughout the country.

The organisation's Conservation Officer, Doug Rankin, says they are aghast at the proposal to develop the Waitaha, which is in a remote area west of the Southern Alps.

Ngaruroro River WCO sought

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.

Ngaruroro WCO Application

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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.

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.

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