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Adventure magazine #93

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


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.


Classic West Coast drops

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


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.

New sitemap online

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


Now you should find it easier to browse the NZRCA web site using our new sitemap.

Buller Workday pictures online

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


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.


Kaituna Play Day and TSM Kayak Disco

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


The NZFKC has announced the “Kaituna Play Day and the TSM Kayak Disco” for Saturday the 4th March, starting at 2pm. The idea is to offer something different from most of the other ‘organised’ kayaking events. “By now most boaters are getting sick of competing, so a bit of fun is needed before all of the serious selection business gets under way.” There will be a falls race, freestyle comp and the “TSM Kayak Disco – A night kayaking event like NZ has never seen. Coloured lights, strobe light, smoke machine and crankin music at the bottom hole.” Entry fee yet to be advised.

BullerFest 2000

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


It’s that time of the year again! BullerFest will be taking place in and around Murchison on Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 March. Organised by the Whitewater Racing Group and Ultimate Descents, supported by Mountain Designs, Canoe and Outdoor World and Eddyline, the weekend will feature a kayak rodeo and kayak and raft slalom events. Build the slalom course on Saturday morning, then cartwheel in the rodeo on Saturday afternoon. There’s a whitewater party at Ultimate Descents on Saturday night. On Sunday the kayak and raft slaloms are followed by the prize-giving. Register on the day for the kayak events. Rafters contact Ultimate Descents on 03 5239 899.

New Zealand Whitewater: Revised Edition

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


New Zealand Whitewater: 120 Great Kayaking Runs, the revised edition is the new New Zealand kayaking guidebook from Graham Charles. The revised edition features at least 20 new runs (like the Waingaro, Upper Toaroha, Styx, Kokatahi, Upper Whitcombe and Upper Hokitika and many more), new cartoons, new maps, a new foreword by Mick Hopkinson and new appendices. It is now available through the NZRCA, and NZRCA members can claim a 20% discount! An order form and further information is online in Access / New Zealand Whitewater: Revised Edition.


Access to the Karangarua

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


The Westland National Park management plan is currently undergoing its ten year review. This is a great opportunity for kayakers to gain access to a currently forbidden river; the Karangarua, just south of Fox Glacier. In order for this to happen, the NZRCA needs your support however. DoC have drafted their plan, which currently excludes air access for paddlers, and lots of submissions from kayakers are required if this is to be changed. Read more in Access / Access to the Karangarua. Submissions close on 15 March, so please act now!


Adventure #98

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


Adventure magazine #98 features a Graham Charles article (and photos!) on the 1999 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships and an adventure kayaking epic (“Escape from the Callery”) by Tony Ward-Holmes. Editor Sarah Moodie comments on the topical issue of safe enjoyment of New Zealand’s whitewater rivers.

Making Every Drop Count

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


The Ministry for the Environment has published a draft agenda and action plan as part of the development of a national agenda for sustainable water management (NASWM). Comments on the proposals are sought and accepted until 25 February. The proposed action plan suggests a growing focus on issues surrounding groundwater abstraction and the impact on surface water. This is a particular issue in Canterbury with incessant demand for irrigation.

Treaty issues

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


An extended version of Sarah McRae’s article on treaty issues (from NZ Canoeing, Summer 1999 (99.3)) is available in Access / Treaty Issues.

Whitewater gallery redesigned

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


The Whitewater Gallery has been redesigned. Along with the original pictures in a new format, there are some pictures from the 1999 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships held in Taupo (Whitewater Gallery / World Freestyle Championships, December 1999).

Mangahao release articles online

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


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).

Access, Safety

Tragic start to new year

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


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. These drownings follow the death of Irish rodeo competitor Niamh Tomkins, 24 who drowned after a lunchtime swim during the World Freestyle Kayaking Championships held at Ngaawaparua on the Waikato river in December. NZRCA President Sarah McRae and Vice-President Robin Rutter-Baumann have commented briefly in the media, and the NZRCA is assisting with the ongoing investigation of these events.Further information:Christchurch Press: “Deaths show kayaking river danger” and “River victims kayak-rodeo visitors” has archived a message from Chris Emerick about Robin Dodd.The Upper Hokitika was described in NZ Adventure magazine #97, December 1999.


Rangitata dam proposals

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


The Timaru Herald reported on Monday 20 December, that at least three irrigation schemes are planning to extra water from the Rangitata river. Ruapuna Irrigation Limited have applied for resource consents (CRC000793 and CRC000794) to extract water from the Rangitata river near the current irrigation intake. Another scheme suggested by the Mid Canterbury Irrigation Enhancement Society proposes spending $278 million on a “huge” dam at the top of the Rangitata Gorge. The NZRCA will be responding to the proposals next year, but kayakers are invited to make individual submissions also.


Buller Workday at New Year

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


This event follows hot on the heels of last summer’s successful workday on the middle-Matakitaki take-out road. The workday is organised by the NZ Kayak School and the NZRCA.The mission is to pull out offending hazardous rubbish (wire, fridges, sheet iron, etc.) from a local river and arrange alternative disposal, in cooperation with local landowners. The date depends on flow and weather, so will be announced. It is expected to be between 29th December and 2 January 2000. Look for advertising at the Riverview Campground and NZ Kayak School. Bring yourself and if possible some suitable work-gear (overalls, work gloves, boots, wire clippers, spades, ropes that can get dirty). For further details contact Sarah McRae (025) 249 6116 and/or Mick Hopkinson (03) 523 9611.

NZ Canoeing, Summer 1999 now available

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


The latest issue of NZRCA’s official newsletter “NZ Canoeing” is now available to members. Features include the the NZRCA’s position on Treaty settlements, the story about the non-release at the Mangahao in October, an update on the Tekapo slalom/rodeo site development and trip reports from the Whitcombe and Tamur, Nepal.


New Canterbury water discussion document deadline

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


The deadline for public submissions on the Canterbury Regional Council “Water – Our Future” discussion document has been extended to 5pm Monday 31 January. This is a particularly important opportunity to comment on the importance of the Rangitata river to New Zealand kayakers. See also Discussion document on Canterbury rivers, 9 November 1999.

Adventure magazine #97

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


The December-January issue features hot kiwi kayaker Nikki Kelly, who placed fifth at the recent World Freestyle Kayaking Champs, and describes her boating on Huka Falls on the Waikato, McLaren Falls on the Wairoa, and the Kaituna river. Graham Charles relates superb boating on the Upper Hokitika in “The Wild West.”.


New links page

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


Finally the NZRCA site has an interactive links page, where you can jump to kayaking web sites in New Zealand and around the world. You can also add your favourite site’s URL.

Extra Mangahao release scheduled

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


An additional Mangahao release for mid-April 2001 has been confirmed with the operators of the Mangahao Power Station. This release is to make up for the cancellation of the spring 1999 release. So mark the dates of Saturday 17th March and Saturday 14th April 2001 in your paddling diary!

NZRCA submission on Tongariro Power Development scheme online

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


Read the NZRCA’s submission on the Tongariro Power Development scheme, which affects the Whangaehu, Moawhango, Upper Tongariro, Lower Tongariro, Whakapapa and Whanganui rivers (Conservation / NZRCA Submission on Tongariro Power Development Scheme).

Mangahao Release and Post-Release Party

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


This Spring’s Mangahao release will be on Saturday 28 October. Following the release, paddlers are invited to “a party of all parties” at River Valley Lodge, hosted by River Valley Lodge and Bliss-Stick kayaks. The party will feature dance, merriment and bands/DJ. On Sunday there will be a mass paddle down the Rangitikei Gorge (backup and safety will be provided). There will be free camping and river access, food, refreshments and lodge accommodation available at the River Valley Lodge. Industry folk are invited to bring along their new toys. For details contact Richard 06 3881445 or email [email protected].

Fun Midwinter Slalom at Reid’s Farm in September

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


On September 2nd and 3rd at Reids Farm, Taupo there will be a fun slalom raising funds to support the Senior Slalom Team. On Saturday the programme is: am open practice, 1:30pm short course slalom, K1, C1, C2, teams. On Sunday from 10:00 head-to-head racing then one-on-one knockout. Entries will be taken on the day; $10 covers both races. For more information email [email protected] or phone (06) 3567466.