Welcome to my website, this is the online journal of my life on the water. Currently based in Christchurch, New Zealand, I have been keeping a record of my various kayaking adventures for over a decade now. Hopefully you’ll find something useful or interesting here, whether you are a local kayaker or a visitor from overseas, new to the sport or an old hand.
If you are expecting extreme adventures in exotic locations, sorry, better try Ben Browns’ or Graham Charles’ websites, my adventures are a little more low key. Adventures are an important part of life, so remember to pursue your own and live life to the fullest.
News and Upcoming Highlights
Winter is here and another kayaking season is over, though I might get the odd Ashley trip in if the weather and flows look promising. Our EQC / Southern Response claim is moving along and will hopefully reach some sort of satisfactory resolution in the not too distant future, without the need for legal action. No doubt, whatever happens it will throw our lives into turmoil, hopefully only for a short while, but at the end of it we should have a repaired house, that is level and doesn’t leak. I have ramped up searching for a suitable job in Christchurch, but until that happens, I’ll be working in Queensland, which certainly isn’t a bad thing over the Christchurch winter. The demand for Geologists has increased in Australia, so I’m keeping my options open, but given the choice, I’d rather be working in Christchurch.
Things are slowly moving on with the Christchurch Residential Red Zone, and we are all waiting to see what will spring up there in the future. I would certainly like the Avon River to retain some of its’ current “rural” feel and it would be great if there was more native bush areas like the one near our home. More kayak launching points would be appreciated too, especially one on our side of the river near Evelyn Cousins Ave. There is currently a major public exhibition on of the refined shortlist of potential land uses for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area. Definitely check the Red Zone Futures online exhibition out before it closes at the end of June and provide some feedback on what you like.
One interesting proposal for development in it, is a combined Aqua Sports Park (Wai Huka o Waitaha). This idea seems to be gaining a lot of interest and more details can be found here. This would be a great asset for Christchurch for both residents and tourists alike.
Looking for an interesting read? I’m currently reading New Zealand’s Rivers: An Environmental History by Catherine Knight. The book is an easily read and well illustrated text that explores the relationship between New Zealanders and our rivers, explaining how we have arrived at a crisis point, where fresh water has become our most contested resource and many rivers are too polluted to swim in. New Zealand’s Rivers is a must-read for all New Zealanders interested in the future of our environment and economy. Definitely worth buying a copy, you can order one by clicking on the photo.
Bill Park’s film “Rivering” has been released for free streaming on VIMEO and YouTube. “Rivering” is an Ode to Whitewater: a feature-length film with a different take on the sport, highlighting a diverse group of paddlers with the amazing New Zealand wilderness as a backdrop. Instead of showcasing the skills of a few elite paddlers on extreme white water runs, the film reveals the wide range of people you might meet on the river, with amazing scenery, kayaking and plenty of humour. It explores their motivations, taking you on a journey with them, sharing their adventures and their paddling highs and lows. There is plenty of great paddling footage, incredible locations, interviews and even some historic footage of the early days of white water paddling in New Zealand. You can view a trailer for the film here.
Paddle safe and we’ll see you on the river.