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

Save the Hurunui demonstration, 16 October

Dambusters are organising a Save the Hurunui march in central Christchurch on Friday 16 October. We are keen to get as many kayaks on the mighty Avon at 12.15pm on the Friday, and float from the Bridge of Remembrance to Victoria Park. It'll be all wrapped up in half an hour, so easy to fit into the busy paddler's lunch hour. If you'd like help with boat transport please contact Polly on

Whitewater NZ appeals Hurunui WCO

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.

Kayaker support needed to protect Hurunui

[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.