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.

Hurunui Water Project

Following the expiration of the moratorium on consents in the Hurunui and Waiau catchments, the Hurunui Water Project has applied for and been granted resource consents for a revised and expanded hydro and irrigation scheme focussed on the Waitohi River.

Matakitaki feedback wanted

The Matakitaki River is under threat of three dams, which would inundate the Middle Matakitaki and dewater the Lower Matakitaki. We need your feedback about the damming of the Matakitaki by 12 July 2009.

Matakitaki Hydro

The Matakitaki River is under threat of three dams, which would inundate the Middle Matakitaki and dewater the Lower Matakitaki. We need your feedback about the damming of the Matakitaki.

Matakitaki/Glenroy consultation meetings

Network Tasman is proposing hydro dams on the Matakitaki river and the Glenroy river near Murchison. The company has purchased land in the Matakitaki valley and is conducting feasibility studies. An initial round of consultation has been announced with a meeting for kayakers in Murchison on 21 June 2009.

Matakitaki/Glenroy consultation meetings

Polly Miller outlines proposed initial consultations regarding the Matakitaki/Glenroy dams.

Nevis River WCO Hearing

The NZRCA are appearing at the Hearing for the Water Conservation Order for the Nevis River from 9am on Thursday 4 June in Cromwell (Golden Gate Lodge Conference Centre, Barry Avenue). If you are in the area, come along and show your support. Contact Glenn Murdoch conservation@rivers.org.nz for details.

Canterbury Water Management Strategy

The Canterbury Mayoral Forum is consulting on a sustainable water management framework for Canterbury through the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS). The discussion document (PDF, 1.3Mb) offers four options including improving current mechanisms, advancing environmental protection, reconfiguring consents and infrastructure, and advancing infrastructure.

Contact proposes additional dams on Clutha

Contact Energy has dusted off plans for four separate hydropower dams on the Clutha River. Existing dams at Clyde and Roxburgh would be joined by dams at any of Luggate (25m, 86MW), Queensberry (14m, 160MW), Beaumont (30m, 185MW) and Tuapeka Mouth (50m, 350MW). Contact is seeking public comment on the proposals before selecting preferred options for further advancement in 2010. Details and discussion forum are available at www.contactenergy.co.nz/clutha.

Wild Rivers Images Needed

Whitewater NZ Conservation Officer Glenn Murdoch is busy putting together a slideshow demonstrating the beauty of our wild, remote and scenic rivers. He is looking for high quality images that can be used in campaigns and in presentations to stakeholders. The images don't need to be of steep rapids or boaters doing radical moves - we are after images that show how beautiful our rivers are. If you are happy to share your photos, contact Glenn at conservation@rivers.org.nz.

Conservation Strategy

The Whitewater NZ Conservation Strategy seeks to provide guidance on how Whitewater NZ will respond in order to protect the recreational amenity that kayaker's value. With significant conservation challenges ahead, we need to prioritise our efforts towards the rivers of most value to kayakers.

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