Agreement reached with Contact Energy over Clutha mitigation


In a joint media release (PDF, 73k), Contact Energy, the NZRCA and Central Otago Whitewater the parties have announced that Contact Energy will fund the design and construction of whitewater kayaking facilities in the Hawea River downstream of the Hawea Dam, subject to gaining resource consents. Once completed, NZRCA and COW will be responsible for management and operation of the course while Contact Energy will contribute to its ongoing operation and maintenance. The agreement addresses issues specific to kayak users in relation to impacts on recreation as a result of damming the Hawea and Clutha Rivers. The NZRCA has withdrawn its appeal to the Environment Court.