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Help STOP a hydroelectric scheme dewatering the most stunning & unique river gorge in NZ!

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Submission link (important!): while we would appreciate your signature to this petition, what would be much MORE effective is to also make a personalized submission against this project - to do so, click on this link below, information is contained with suggestions for content on your submission. Many thanks for your help!!!

Dear friends,

It's time to speak up for some common sense!  

Even though we are swamped with power generation here in New Zealand, Maggie Barry, Minister for Conservation has approved in principle a concession for a hydro scheme to be built in the conservation estate on the amazing wild Waitaha River deep in the rugged West Coast bush. 

Electricity industry experts say there is no need for this scheme - we simply don't need any more power generation in New Zealand. But Westpower, who are proposing the scheme, believe the scheme will make them money, only because the water and environmental destruction on public land comes more or less for free.  

If local generation was required on the West Coast there are a number of other hydro projects that are already fully consented and waiting to be built. And those schemes won’t suck the water out of our wild rivers and run a bulldozer through virgin native bush.

This is crazy!  If we don't need extra power generation, then why ruin this unique and beautiful wild river?

The Waitaha is one of the less than 1% of rivers remaining in the world that is not modified, so let’s look after our future and not repeat the mistakes of the past.  

The Department of Conservation is now seeking submissions so this is your opportunity to tell Maggie Barry to use some common sense and avoid this needless destruction of the pristine wilderness that kiwis are so proud of.

If you would like more information here are some useful sources:
• New Zealand Listener article which summarises the situation very well.  
•    The Whitewater NZ website - waitaha-hydro
•    Facebook groups: Save the Waitaha River:

Also see Whitewater NZ facebook page:

Like the page to stay in touch and share a relevant post on your timeline.

Also see:

and please consider making a submission via the Royal Forest and Bird Society site:

Please send your submission in ASAP and before it closes on 14 November. The more submissions we generate the more likely Maggie Barry will sit up and take notice.

Attached at top of this page (link again here: ) is a link to how to make a personalized submission, you can copy and paste some of this information and send to:

permissionshokitika@doc.govt. nz 

(please cc all email submissions to conservation@rivers.

or send submissions by post to:

Department of Conservation
Private Bag 701
Hokitika 7842
Attention:  Pauline Adams

Many thanks for your help. Kia kaha! 

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