Contrary to its statutory obligation to foster recreation, DOC has approved the concession application by BOP Electricity for a dam on the Kaituna. The dam would inundate the Awesome Gorge section and dewater the Gnarly Gorge run. The NZRCA opposed the concession along with many other paddlers. BOPE must apply for resource consents to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (Environment BOP). Kayakers will need to prepare submissions regarding the recreational amenity of the Kaituna River as part of the RMA process.