Wellington hosted the NZRCA AGM on Saturday 6 September. The Executive welcomes Duncan Catanach (Wellington) as North Island Conservation Officer and Rob Wells (Dunedin) as Treasurer. Our undying gratitude goes to Mike Savory and Lynne Fuggle who previously performed these roles. Mike Savory was made a Life Member in recognition of his contributions to the NZCA and NZRCA over many years. Graeme McIntyre has moved to become Access Officer. Glenn Murdoch has relinquished the Education portfolio to concentrate on Safety. We also welcome Belinda Green as our new Administration Officer, and the AGM passed a vote of thanks to outgoing Administration Officer Milli Lovell.
Alan Hoffman was voted Canoeist of the Year. His name will be forwarded to the NZCF as the NZRCA’s nominee for the Canard Cup. Our thanks to all nominees and nominators. Other highlights of the AGM include discussion on the foreshore and seabed issue and the notion of ‘public domain’, issues arising from the MSA‘s Rule 91 regarding PFDs, risk management plans and rivers in need of protection. Paul Mariott-Lloyd presented for SPARC regarding Rule 91 and public liability issues for clubs and volunteers, and Bryce Johnson spoke on behalf of Fish & Game about the public domain and access issues. Amendments to the constitution were approved that clarify the NZRCA operations as a charitable organisation. Geoff Price has volunteered to work with the Executive on fundraising.