The Department of Conservation’s Draft Management plan for Kahurangi National Park proposes to remove huts and may limit air access to the Karamea river, and Golden Bay rivers such as the Waingaro, Stanley and Anatoki.
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The NZRCA has announced Colin Leitch, previously of Blenheim, now in Auckland, as “Canoeist of the Year” for 1998.
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The New Zealand Recreational Canoeing Association publishes a 56-page A5 guide book for canoeists, kayakers, raft groups and jet boaters travelling on the Whanganui River through the Whanganui National Park. The 10th edition is now available; more information in Access / Guide to the Whanganui River.
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A major submission by the NZRCA to the select committee considering the Resource Management Amendment Act is available online in Conservation / Submission on Resource Management Amendment Bill 1999.
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The Canterbury Regional Council has released a discussion document titled “Water – Our Future” as part of the development of a Natural Resources Regional Plan which will affect the management of rivers such as the Ahuriri, Opihi, Rakaia, Waimakiriri, Hurunui and Clarence. You can get the document from the CRC NRRP page. There is a pre-formatted submission form available on the CRC site and submissions close Friday 17 December 1999.
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The October-November issue features Sarah Fabian’s story of how a New Zealand women’s team won the Camel Whitewater Challenge in South Africa, an account from the ubiquitous Graham Charles of paddling the Hollyford river, and Donald Johnstone’s reviews of the latest rodeo boats. Issue #96 had an article about the Waikaia river and Colorado through Grand Canyon (USA).
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The NZ Team for the Kayak Rodeo Worlds in December is not selected yet! Two more qualifying events are held on 18/19 Sepember and 9/10 October 1999 at Fuljames (Ngaawapurua) Rapid, Waikato River, Taupo. That will make it a total of four selection events (including the two which were held last summer) but only your two best events will count for the ranking system. So if you still want to try to make the NZ Team, give it a go! Details at the NZ Freestyle Kayak Committee website.
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The latest issue of NZRCA’s official newsletter “NZ Canoeing” is now available to members. Features include the final chapter on the NZRCA’s appeal regarding the Clarence, the launch of the Conservation Confluence network, a story about a pinned kayak on the Mangahao, paddling flooded rivers and paddling on the Pukaki.
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Now you can buy, sell and swap kayak gear using the Buy, Sell & Swap forum on this site. It’s easy and freely available for non-commercial use. Update: 3 March, Limited commercial use is allowed.
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Now you can join the NZRCA by downloading a membership form from the Membership page.
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Now prospective Associate Members can download a PDF version of the Associate Membership form, available from the Membership page.
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Welcome to Lynne Fuggle who is the new Administration Officer for the NZRCA, and thanks to previous Administration Officer Janette Kear who is continuing as Education Officer. Please note the changed phone number for the Association (now 03 384 9301).
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The NZRCA AGM was held in Wellington on Saturday 17 July. Most officers were re-elected to their portfolios and we welcome our new Safety Officer Ian Logie and our new Membership Officer Chris Sinclair – thanks to departing officers Mark Planner and Donald Calder for being part of the crew. A significant number of constitutional changes were ratified and in due course they will make the association more effective. There will be no change to membership fees for the next year. Issues such as the Clarence quarry, Tasman District Council riverworks, a new survey of river use, and Treaty of Waitangi claims to rivers were discussed. Minutes from the AGM are available to members upon request (email [email protected]).
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Maree Baker has written an update on Tranz Rail’s Clarence River consent and you can also read a couple trip reports for the Clarence River: A source to sea rafting trip by Kate Batten and a detailed 1981 account from Jim Hutton.
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The Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Recreational Canoeing Association will held on Saturday 17 July in Wellington, from 9.30am – 4pm. The venue is Crossways Community House, cnr Brougham and Elizabeth Streets, Mt Victoria. Members and prospective members are welcome, and those interested are invited to eat dinner with other attendees after the meeting. Constitutional remits and last year’s AGM minutes are available from [email protected].
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The NZRCA’s Annual Report to members for 1999 has been released and distributed to members. You can also access an Adobe Acrobat version of the report here (PDF, 201k).
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Be safer on the river by attending a River Safety course. Subsidies available. Read course content and information in Education / River Safety Courses.
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The latest issue of NZRCA’s official newsletter “NZ Canoeing” is now available to members. Features include updates on NZRCA’s appeal regarding the Clarence, Memories of Matt Daly, RMA review and Shoulder dislocations.
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The June-July issue is in the shops, and kayakers will be interested in Graham Charles, Mark Jones and Marcus Waters’ plan to sea-kayak the length of the Antarctic Peninsula this summer. There’s mention of a descent of the Adams River on the West Coast by Kerry Hogland and others. Craig Pearless recounts an “Escape from Tree Trunk Gorge” on the Tongariro. Grant Davidson describes an overnight raft and kayak trip on the middle Mohaka.
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Graham Charles is seeking information on new runs, corrections and hot images for the second edition of NZ Whitewater. Be quick though!
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In case you haven’t heard, Sarah Moodie is the new publisher and editor of NZ Adventure magazine, and the March-April-May issue has plenty of interest to kayakers, including a first descent of the Upper Whitcombe (West Coast) by Arnd Schaftlein, Andi Uhl and friends. Sarah writes about the ECNZ Rodeo Pre-Worlds at Ngaawaparua, documents new boats from Eskimo (Zwo), Riot (Glide) and Prijon (Samurai) and reviews three new whitewater videos.
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Graham Charles of New Zealand Whitewater guidebook fame, has kindly supplied some great action photographs for your viewing pleasure in Whitewater Gallery / Classic West Coast drops.
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Now you should find it easier to browse the NZRCA web site using our new sitemap.
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The Buller Workday held on New Year’s Eve last year was a great success, with around 50 kayakers turning out to pull rubbish from the banks of the Matiri River and cart it to the Murchison dump. Mick Hopkinson has supplied pictures, which are available in the Whitewater Gallery / Buller Workday 1999.
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