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


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

Conclusion to the Clarence

Describes the work performed by the NZRCA on the Clarence quarry and the outcomes achieved. "Tranz Rail will now be compelled to reconstruct the channel to replicate the character and whitewater characteristics of the present river." This article by Maree Baker also appeared in NZ Canoeing 99.2, Spring 1999.

Clarence River consent update and Clarence trip reports

Maree Baker has written an update on Tranz Rail's Clarence River consent and you can also read a couple trip reports for the Clarence River: A source to sea rafting trip by Kate Batten and a detailed 1981 account from Jim Hutton.

NZ Canoeing 99.1 now available

The latest issue of NZRCA's official newsletter "NZ Canoeing" is now available to members. Features include updates on NZRCA's appeal regarding the Clarence, Memories of Matt Daly, RMA review and Shoulder dislocations.

How to make a submission: Stopping the dams before they happen

This article was written by Maree Baker and was originally published as two articles in NZ Canoeing 97.3 (Summer 1997) and NZ Canoeing 98.1 (Autumn 1998).

Submission on an Application for Resource Consent

Submission by Jonathan Hunt opposing Tranz Rail's proposed quarry in the lower Clarence River.

Quarrying the Clarence

This article by Paul Macey was originally published in NZ Canoeing 98.3, Spring 1998.

Buller WCO - Colin Leitch Evidence

Evidence presented by Colin Leitch to the Planning Tribunal in 1995 regarding the Water Conservation Order on the Buller River.

Buller WCO Martin Unwin Evidence

Evidence presented by Martin Unwin to the Planning Tribunal (1995) regarding the Buller National Water Conservation Order.
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