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Graham's view on the Lower Hokitika

This summary of findings from the investigation into the death of Rod Banks on the Lower Hokitika is by Graham Charles, who was appointed as Technical Expert by the Maritime Safety Authority. It appeared in NZ Canoeing 02.2, Autumn 2002. See also Tragedy on the Lower Hokitika by Vladimir Filipovic.

Tragedy on the Lower Hokitika

The death of Rod Banks on the Lower Hokitika has shaken the White Water Canoe Club and its members. This article by Vladimir Filipovic, President of the White Water Canoe Club, appeared in NZ Canoeing 02.1 (Summer 2002).

Two fatalities in canoe wrap on Clarence

In a press release (PDF, 60k) yesterday, the NZRCA wrote "The NZRCA extends its condolences to the families of Annabel Atkinson and Hayley North, who drowned following a fatal accident while canoeing on the Clarence River near Hanmer Springs on Friday 26 October 2001.

In line with a recently established agreement to assist the Maritime Safety Authority to investig

Submission on a Resource Consent Application to operate a jetboat through Smith's Falls

Submission prepared by Maree Baker opposing Kawarau Jet Services Holdings Ltd's application to operate a tourist jetboat service through Smith Falls on the Dogleg section of the Kawarau.

Heard about Surfer's Ear?

Doug Rankin's experience with surfer's ear. This article originally appeared in NZ Canoeing 01.1.

River Safety Courses

NZOIA and Whitewater NZ have defined syllabi for River Rescue Courses designed for whitewater kayaks and open canoes. These training courses are for recreational and professional paddlers to better enable them to safely paddle with their peers, when leading a group, or when providing an instructional or guided experience.  Whitewater NZ manages Water Safety New Zealand subsides for these courses for Whitewater NZ members.

Public liability: could clubs be liable?

This article by Christchurch lawyer and kayaker Kent France was published in NZ Canoeing 00.3.

Hokitika Kayaking Weekend

Bob Morton's trip report about an epic on the Kakapotahi originally appeared in the White Water Canoe Club's Whitewater Newsletter, October 2000.

Mangahao release articles online

Colin Leitch describes the background to the non-release on the Mangahao last year in Access / Mangahao Madness, while Timon Walkley recounts his day on the Mangahao which turned into an epic when his boat was pinned (Safety / Mangahao Release).

Tragic start to new year

Several kayakers have died on New Zealand's rivers this year. 21-year old German kayaker Guenther Schuppan was trapped under a rock ledge on the Nevis River, and 37-year-old Robin Dodd from Ohio, USA was trapped in a rock sieve on the Upper Hokitika. Both of these rivers are demanding, steep, wilderness runs. Both groups contained experienced, talented paddlers.
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