Preservation of whitewater, threats to recreational amenity, wild and scenic rivers.
Whitewater NZ has appealed the Special Tribunal's recommendation for a Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui seeking inclusion of the South Branch in order to protect the outstanding characteristics of Maori Gully. The WCO has also been appealed by numerous irrigation and hydro interests, as well as Ngai Tahu, and New Zealand and North Canterbury Fish and Game.
Whitewater NZ has appealed the Special Tribunal's recommendation for a Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui seeking inclusion of the South Branch in order to protect the outstanding characteristics of Maori Gully.
The Canterbury Water Management Strategy was released on Thursday 3 September. This strategy will be pivotal for kayakers in Canterbury and nationwide as it is likely to govern water management in Canterbury for the foreseeable future, and set a precedent on the national scene.
[19 August] The Hurunui Water Project (HWP) has applied to Environment Canterbury (ECan) for consents to erect two dams on the Hurunui; a weir at the Lake Sumner outlet and a 75m dam on the South Branch. This will result in a clipping of peak flood flows and a general raising of natural low summer flows (to >40 cumecs), as water is released down through the upper river to allow a 32cu off-take down near Mandamus for irrigation. Despite the Tribunal recommending a WCO for the Upper Hurunui waters, the draft WCO offers no protection for the South Branch and is subject to appeal.
Whitewater NZ has presented Network Tasman with feedback from over 200 kayakers and kayaking organisations (PDF, 277KB), opposing the proposed hydro scheme on the Matakitaki River in Murchison. Feedback has been received not only from kayakers around New Zealand but also from kayakers and visitors from overseas, highlighting the value that the Matakitaki River has as a recreational and teaching kayaking resource.
The Hurunui Water Project (HWP) proposes a weir at the outlet of Lake Sumner, and a 75m high dam on the South Branch of the Hurunui. This would affect flows on all sections of the Hurunui river. This project has been lodged since the application by Whitewater NZ and Fish & Game for a Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui River.