Preservation of whitewater, threats to recreational amenity, wild and scenic rivers.
Meridian propose to construct an 85MW dam on the wild and scenic Mōkihinui river. Consents have been granted but have been appealed to the Environment Court.
The West Coast Whitewater Kayaking Survey 2010 is now live and Whitewater New Zealand encourages anyone who has paddled on the Coast to complete it. Andy England is doing the work as part of his Royal Society of New Zealand Teacher Fellowship. In brief:
- Purely about whitewater kayaking/canoeing on the West Coast of NZ.
- The biggest West Coast kayaking survey to date, designed to update the 1991-93 survey.
- Will provide valuable data for decision making processes.
- It’s online and will take you 20 mins if you haven’t done many rivers, up to an hour if you’ve done most West Coast rivers - you can leave it and come back to it
- Live until 12 August.
- Needs as many people as possible, so please complete the survey and encourage everyone else you know to participate.
In the wake of the sacking of Environment Canterbury (ECAN) councillors and the dissolution of the Water Conservation Order for the Hurunui River Whitewater NZ has joined the North Canterbury Fish and Game Council, Forest and Bird and the Water Rights Trust to formally request that a moratorium be placed on water permits allowing the taking, use, damming and diverting of the Hurunui River. In particular, this would effectively place the Hurunui Water Project application to dam the Hurunui River and take water on hold.