Ngaruroro River Water Conservation Order
We need some help to take this Conservation fight to the Environment Court. Please dig deep and ensure this river remains wild and free.Hawke's Bay
After years of tireless efforts from Whitewater New Zealand and others, a Special Tribunal recommended that the Ngaruroro River in Hawkes Bay be protected by a Water Conservation Order (WCO). For those that aren’t familiar with WCO’s, this is the highest level of protection that a river can get in NZ and is meant to give everlasting protection to ensure a valley remains wild and free. River people, including kayakers, rafters, canoeists, packrafters, fly fishers, trampers, hunters, bird spotters, and conservationists from across the Country celebrated this decision. However, WWNZ’s lawyers took a closer look at the wording within the proposed Order and found that it didn't really offer any protection at all! They were proposing to allow water abstraction from tributaries, there was no solid definition of such basic terms as damming, no controls on water contamination and it left the door wide open for developers to challenge every aspect of it in the future.
WWNZ have appealed the original draft WCO and proposed a new draft. We’re taking this fight to the Environment Court, so if you care about the future of whitewater and rivers in NZ please dig deep in your pockets and make a donation to help with our Court costs. Future generations deserve to experience wild and free rivers in NZ and we’re trying our best to provide the protection that our wild places deserve. Please help us.
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Our Court costs are estimated to be ~ $35K. If we achieve this goal we're confident that we can provide lasting protection for the Ngaruroro. If we get more, then we'll use those funds to fight for other rivers around Aotearoa in the future.
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This page was created on 29 Nov 2020 and closes on 1 Feb 2021.