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2008 NZ Freestyle Team Selections

The NZ Freestyle Kayaking committee is organising a freestyle event on Saturday 19/Sunday 20 April to select the 2008 national team. The event is open to everyone that wants to compete, even if you don't want to be selected for the team, the more the merrier. 2008 is a Freestyle World Cup series year for which you don't need to be part of a national team to compete. These selections are for competition practice for those wanting to go to the world cup, ranking purposes and the glory of the 'National Champ' title.

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.

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.

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.