Tongariro River release date changes


Genesis Energy have advised that the recreational release from Rangipo Dam, scheduled for Sunday 11th May will be changed to Saturday 31st May 2008. The postponement is due to a change in dates of the Poutu Canal maintenance project. The project was originally scheduled to run from 5 January to 5 May 2008 but was suspended due to generation constraints on the 5 February and recommenced on the 25th March. The maintenance programme will finish on the 25th May. The other recreational release dates to change are releases on the Tongariro River originally scheduled for 4 October 2008 (below Poutu Intake) and 5 October 2008 (below Rangipo Dam). These dates are within the critical blue duck nesting season (1 October – 31 December) as detailed in the resource consents. The dates will be moved to 20 September 2008 (below Poutu Intake) and 21 September 2008 (below Rangipo Dam).