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John is on the north corner of farmland at the Waitaki River mouth. He looks across to where the river mouth was 2 months ago. (Click for large pic).

It seems that once the river flow is angled to the sea that the mouth is pushed rapidly towards the north. This has happened many times before. Just below is the river bed of the last time the river went north. The channel is locally called "Dinah's Gully" after someone who lived in the area.

John is a current (2015) member of the LWRMS Committee.

In 2015 the Society was critical of proposals in Ecan's Plan Change 3 which aimed to reduce the minimum river flows to accommodate irrigation consents.

John presented a case for conserving existing flows to the Hearings Panel and you can download his notes as a pdf file here.