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CUMEC Magazine Issue 4

Antz Longman's latest CUMEC Magazine features paddling news in New Zealand and Australia, waterfall kayaking in Iceland, green kayaking, Genoa river (Australia), interview with Don Calder (with particular comments on the Kaituna dam proposal), gear reviews, shoulder fitness, Tekapo Throwdown, Waitaha River, river running technique, paddling photos and more.

Genesis Energy postpone Poutu Canal maintenance

Genesis Energy have advised that the Poutu Canal maintenance programme has been postponed indefinitely. Genesis Energy has been requested to do everything possible to maximise generation due to the current shortage of electricity generation, particularly in the North Island. Poutu Canal will be reinstated on the evening of Sunday 3rd February and flows in the Tongariro River below Poutu Intake will return to the minimum flow of 16 cumecs by the early morning of Monday 4th February.

Kiwis return from India

Zak Shaw advises that he and Mikey Abbott are back in NZ after a successful trip to Arunachal Pradesh, India. Accompanied by Allan Ellard, Sam Hughes, Andy Phillips and Shalab Gaulaut the team managed first descents of the Towang Chu and Tenga rivers. Check out for details of their adventure along with images of their travels.

Access 10 to flow for four months

[18 Oct] Genesis Energy have advised that they will be undertaking a significant maintenance programme on the Poutu canal in early 2008. In preparation for this work, an inspection of the canal is planned for Tuesday the 23rd October (early morning to mid-afternoon). During the inspection the Tongariro River below Poutu Intake will have flows between 30 and 35 cumecs and more if it's raining hard.

No evidence of live didymo in North Island river samples

Biosecurity Minister Jim Anderton has confirmed that there is no evidence of live didymo in the river samples from the central North Island.

The Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board, which had restricted road access to the Tongariro River and surrounding area as a precaution, has now re-opened the area.

New National Freestyle Kayak Series

Antz Longman at CUMEC Magazine has launched a new series of freestyle kayak events. Over the months of October, November and December the NZ Freestyle Kayak Series will be a social undertaking to bring kayakers together to compete for Open Men's, Open Women's and Junior titles. Each event will see points being awarded in relation to participants' final placing. The participants with the highest points score in each class after the three events will be given the title of Series Champion.

Kiwis in India

Zak Shaw and friends are heading to India: An international team including Ben Jackson and myself, both from the NZ Kayak School, are teaming up with a few others for an expedition in Northern India. All things begin October 14 with our arrival into Delhi, India. Our team will meet in Delhi before traveling 250 kilometres north into the Himalayas. Our kayaking will commence with three weeks exploring some of the small creeks feeding the Ganges in the neighboring region of Uttarancha situated west of Nepal.