Kayaker’s body recovered from Waikaia River


The body of an American kayaker who was missing, presumed drowned, on the Waikaia river was recovered at 4.30pm on Wednesday 17 January. Dennis Squires set out with a Japanese partner on the Canton Bridge to Piano Flat section on Saturday 13. Squires failed to catch up with his companion below a drop. His body was recovered from underneath a tree where it was entrapped deep below the water. Squires was an experienced paddler with several guidebooks to his credit. The Upper Waikaia is a steep and challenging run. Maritime NZ is investigating with the assistance of NZRCA Safety Officer Glenn Murdoch.