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Old 06-06-2009   #1
Whitsunday, Queensland, Australia
Paddling Since: 2007
Join Date: Dec 2008
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Losing the middle run of the Matakitaki River at Murchison, NZ!

There is a proposal to drain the middle run of the Matakitaki River, near Murchison, in the South Island of New Zealand. I think everyone who has been to the NZ Kayak School has paddled the middle section (class 2). I have both paddled and swam it.

It's a magic part of Murchison and very important for class two paddlers and learners - the next generation of NZ west coast boaters.

Please send an email to the NZ minister reponsible:


and importantly CC a copy to the independant consultants who are doing a hydro pre-feasibilty study right now:


If you wish to be kept updated or contribute to the study, request that Barbara adds you to the consultant's interested parties' list.

You might be doing 1000s of future paddlers a favour!



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Old 06-08-2009   #2
Truckee, California
Paddling Since: 2007
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For those who haven't had the privellege to paddle it, the middle Matak is incredible, whether you're just learning or just bombing down to play.

Another thing you can do to help is join one of the NZRCA (NZRCA: (rivers.org.nz)) member clubs or the NZRCA directly. The more people on the books as club members, the stronger a case those leading the fight against this and similar proposals can make.
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