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Whitewater NZ/NZOIA River Safety for Kayakers

Revised for Whitewater NZ and NZOIA by Matt Barker and interested parties in January 2007.

Whitewater NZ/NZOIA River Rescue for Kayakers

Revised for Whitewater NZ and NZOIA by Matt Barker and interested parties, January 2007

NZRCA opposes Rangitata South consent over safety

Given the regretable history of unsafe engineering works in rivers, and the lack of consultation and consideration for the safety of instream users, the NZRCA has lodged its opposition to a consent application by Rangitata South Irrigation Ltd. for an irrigation scheme.

River Safety Courses a great success

The river safety programme has been such a great success during the latter half of last year that we have spent all of our money from Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) allocated to subsidies. So if you have done a course in the new year or are planning a course please go ahead but we will have to process your subsidy application after March when we apply for new funding from WSNZ to pass on to you.

Whangaehu lahar warning climbs higher


The Crater Lake Warning Level has reached 3a (on a scale from 1 to 5). The chance of a lahar at this level is unlikely (5-10 per cent), but is an increase from recent years. If the lake continues to rise a lahar becomes likely.

Lahars and Kayakers

A lahar from the crater lake at Mt Ruapehu could pose a serious threat to kayakers on the Whangaehu and Tongariro rivers. Jonathan Hunt summarises the situation.

Long Time Dead...


You're a long time dead. So what's the hurry? This was a billboard ad by the Government, trying to stop people from speeding on their roads. But after heavy-footed drivers, it probably applies more to travelling kayakers than anyone else! Andy England imparts some paddling wisdom about taking the time to really learn.

Kayaker missing on Waihou


The NZ Herald reports that a kayaker is missing on the Waihou River near Putaruru. Two kayakers were on gentle water but appear to have been surprised by a dangerous natural dam. One man escaped to the bank but police divers are searching for the other paddler.

New Zealand kayaker drowns in Norway


Access and the HSE Act

Many kayakers have encountered landowner concerns about Health and Safety issues. Tony Ward-Holmes clarifies access in the light of the Health and Safety in Employment Act.
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