Amended WCO would block proposed dam on Nevis


Fish and Game Otago is seeking additional protection for the Nevis River, in order to block a 45MW, $100m hydro proposal from Pioneer Generation. The Nevis River is unique in the sustained steepness and intensity of the whitewater challenge it offers to experienced kayakers. The NZRCA supports the amendment to the Kawarau Water Conservation Order. Conservation Officer Duncan Catanach said, the outstanding values of the Nevis River, already recognised by the Kawarau Water Conservation Order, need the protection of a damming prohibition. Those outstanding values are simply not compatible with the damming and diversion of the river flow.