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CUMEC Magazine Issue 6

CUMEC #6 features female kayakers doing slalom, sea kayaking, expedition paddling and surf kayaking. The issue contains articles on dealing with headspace, descending the Marsyandi, an introduction to surf kayaking, the first descent of the Big River, and an interview with Nikki Kelly.

NZ Canoeing Spring 2008 - the black issue

New Zealand rivers are under threat as never before. NZ Whitewater: 125 great kayaking runs could soon be '75 great kayaking runs'. Did you know that the proposed Kaituna dam would meet NZ's energy growth for little more than four weeks? The dire situation facing NZ rivers is portrayed in Our rivers are not renewable (Chris Todd) and A perfect storm (Tony Ward-Holmes).

Higher flows on Access 10 (Tongariro River) for 8 weeks

Earlier this year, Genesis Energy undertook a significant maintenance programme on the Poutu Canal. Electricity shortages and bad weather meant that the programme was not finished. A further 8 week outage of the canal commencing on the 28th October is scheduled to allow the planned works to be completed. The Tongariro River below Poutu Intake is likely to flowing at about twice that of the present 16 cumec minimum flow (i.e. between 30 and 35 cumecs).

Mick Hopkinson wins Whitewater Explorer award

Mick Hopkinson has been recognised as an international Explorer in the Class of 2008 honorees by the United States-based International Whitewater Hall of Fame. Mick Hopkinson was a slalom racer in Britain before putting his energy into exploration including first descents on the river Inn in Switzerland and Austria, the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, and the Dudh Kosi in Nepal.

CUMEC Magazine Issue 5

Antz Longman advises, "CUMEC Magazine Issue 5 is now available at book and kayak stores all over New Zealand. In this issue we take a look in to the history of Slalom Kayaking at the Olympics and profile the NZ and Australian athletes heading to Beijing, Interview with Australian C1 Slalom paddler Rob Bell, Wairoa Extreme Race, seven Drytops reviewed, Destination Malaysia and a lot more. There also a special subscription promotion with this issue.

Nepali girls kayak - can you help?

Sophie Hoskins, Hester Hilbink and friends are working on a project to teach Nepalese girls to kayak. Sophie writes, "A friend from Sweden is organising this project. She has lived there for about eight years and really wants to introduce the local Nepalese women to kayakng and rafting so they can work as safety boaters and raft guides. This is the first project of this kind and the girls are super excited as they haven't had the chance to learn these skills.