Kakapo Brook

Never in a million years would we disclose such a location. We’ve fished this tiny tributary to the Hope River in N Canterbury once or twice a year for many years, never mentioning it. It’s a special climb through a stunning gorge. Every year we’re greeted by what is likely the same nesting pair of Karearea, New Zealand’s native falcon, as it calls out and swoops down. We meander the long gorge. We don’t see many fish, never any people. Just bush and a small stream through wonderful country. But we either share it with you or we lose it. The tiny Kakapo Brook is about to have its future signed off on with a fast-tracked approval for an irrigation/power dam. Unless you take the time to visit   Change.org;      Search for “Kakapo Brook” and write a short sentence saying NO to a dam on one of the last industry-free streams.

We live in a global community. We can’t keep idly watching as such waters are destroyed for short-term solutions.


2 thoughts on “Kakapo Brook

  • March 31, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Dave & Amelia,

    Friendship has no borders, and your commitment to our rivers conservation should be highly regarded as a tribute to the beauty of our fishery, country.
    Many people down here should take your passion as an example of what could be done for the future of New Zealand.
    Thank you so much guys.

  • April 2, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Thanks for speaking up, guys. Perhaps it’d help to be blunter about the source of the problem. It’s coming from a narrow segment of society here, and I’d hate for the rest of the world to think it has widespread support in New Zealand. Intensive dairy and irrigation schemes in Canterbury are illegitimate. They have no basis in environmental science or democracy, especially since the current National government suspended Water Conservation Orders on the Rakaia and Rangitata and fired the democratically elected Environment Canterbury, and they’ve reneged repeatedly on promises to restore democracy. This is nothing less than anti-environmental fascism and water theft. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/67438119/Democratic-ECan-carries-too-many-risks-says-Nick-Smith There’s a growing backlash in the wider NZ public that Big Dairy has gotten out of hand. Perhaps international pressure can embarrass the current government a little; god knows they seem shameless otherwise.


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