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.

Forest and Bird urge support for wild Mokihinui

Forest and Bird have launched a campaign against taxpayer-owned Meridian Energy's proposal to dam the wild and scenic Mōkihinui River. "Forest & Bird was joined by MPs, including Chris Hipkins, Peter Dunne and Kevin Hague, and representatives of organisations representing kayakers, rafters and trampers, who also want the river to remain in its natural state." The campaign invites supporters of a natural, undammed Mokihinui to send an e-card to Meridian Energy (or via Facebook) opposing the scheme. Please join the campaign, and let your paddling buddies know about it.

Too precious to dam

Polly Miller described this trip down the Mokihinui River in NZ Canoeing 10.3.

Fish & Game and Whitewater NZ withdraw from Hurunui WCO

Fish & Game and Whitewater NZ have withdrawn their joint application for a Water Conservation Order (WCO) for the Hurunui River.

Whitewater NZ President Polly Miller says: “The primary reason for withdrawing is that the ECan Act watered down the Water Conservation Order law and process to such an extent that we have decided that our efforts to protect the river are best directed toward other processes. We are hopeful that withdrawing from the WCO will create a context where a collaborative solution to conservation and recreation needs, and environmentally responsible irrigation possibilities may be found for the Hurunui/Waiau catchment within the framework of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.”

Consent moratorium on Waiau River

Environment Canterbury Commissioners have imposed a moratorium on resource consents to take, dam, divert or use water in the Waiau River catchment, saying “A moratorium would also allow due consideration to be given to the vision and principles of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy as set out in the Environment Canterbury Act."

Protest descent of Mokihinui

120 kayakers and environmentalists staged a mass descent of the Mokihinui River (video) on Sunday to protest Meridian's proposed 85m dam. Meridian's consents to dam the wild and scenic Mokihinui have been appealed by DOC, Forest & Bird and Whitewater NZ.

Mōkihinui Dam


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.

Over 100 kayak and raft the the Mokihinui River on Labour Weekend

Over Labour Weekend over a hundred people will fly into the Mokihinui River on the West Coast, a wilderness river under threat of being dammed. The trip, organised by Whitewater NZ and Forest & Bird, is the largest of its kind to be held in New Zealand and will involve kayakers, rafters, VIPs, conservationists and media people from all over New Zealand. The trip is an opportunity to highlight the importance of the river, give this diverse group an opportunity to be part of a journey down the river, and let the river speak to them.

Tribunal recommends amending Nevis WCO to prohibit dam

The Special Tribunal appointed to consider Fish & Game New Zealand's application to amend the Water Conservation (Kawarau) Order 1997 in respect of the Nevis River has recommended that the amendment be granted but the amendments confined to recognition of the outstanding value of the Gollum galaxiid.

Revised Hurunui WCO application submitted

Whitewater NZ and Fish & Game have submitted a revised application for a Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui River.

Green Party campaign

The Green Party has launched a campaign to save the Mokihinui River and our other wild rivers. Send the Prime Minister an e-card and download the petition: http://www.greens.org.nz/mokihinui

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