[16 August] Kayakers in Canterbury have joined forces to oppose the Central Plains Water scheme in order to protect the recreational amenity. A protest is planned against the Christchurch City Council who are supporting the scheme using ratepayer’s funds. Media release: Council-backed irrigation scheme threatens iconic river (PDF, 114k). Update 18 August: The demonstration against CCC’s involvement went well yesterday and gained media coverage: TVNZ and Press. PhotoChick has pictures. The NZRCA’s submission against the scheme (PDF, 160k) was compiled by Kieron Thorpe.