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Jetboats on Upper Shotover, November 1

Gordon Rayner advises another speed limit uplifting has been arranged to allow jetboats to travel on the Upper Shotover on Sunday 1 November. There will be 8 to 10 jet boats, travelling upstream through the Upper Shotover Gorge from Skippers bridge to McLeod's during the time corridor of 11am to 12pm. The jet boats will travel downstream from McLeods to Skippers bridge during the time corridor of 2:30 to 3:30pm. The jet boat organiser is Pete Steele (027 2650078).

Jetboats on Upper Shotover, October 25

A speed limit uplifting has been arrange to allow jetboats to travel on the Upper Shotover on Sunday 25 October only. There will be 10 to 20 jet boats, travelling upstream through the upper Shotover Gorge from Skippers bridge to McLeod's during the time corridor of 11am to 12pm. The jet boats will travel downstream from McLeods to Skippers bridge during the time corridor of 3 to 4pm. The jet boat organiser is Dave Douglas from Danseys Pass (027 4361314).

ARC safety bylaw attracts opposition

Kayakers face fines of $200 for failing to carry a powerful light at night in after a safety bylaw was recently adopted by the Auckland Regional Council. Numerous kayaking organisations and individuals have criticised the lack of consultation and the poor quality of the resulting bylaw. In the NZRCA's submission on clause 2.17 Safety Officer Glenn Murdoch argues that the Auckland Regional Council safety bylaw (PDF) won't improve kayaker safety.

Our rivers are not renewable

Our wild rivers are threatened by climate change and runaway power consumption. Electricity demand is predicted to keep growing at 1.3% - 2% or an extra 150-200 megawatts of generating capacity every year. That extra demand is equivalent to the generation produced by damming two rivers the size of the Hurunui and the Mohaka every year.