2013 – Hawea Whitewater Park

Ken Roberts

At the time that Contact Energy Ltd renewed the consents to operate its hydro generation dams in the Clutha catchment of Central Otago, it entered into an agreement with the kayaking community to construct a whitewater park on the Hawea River. The construction of the whitewater park was part of a package designed to mitigate the adverse effect on the natural whitewater features in the catchment caused by the construction of hydro generation dams

This paper outlines the process involved in identifying the preferred option, obtaining the necessary consent, design and construction and commissioning of the Hawea Whitewater Park.


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