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    Default New Zealand's Mataura river - rafting proposal

    A proposal is on foot to start a rafting business on the Mataura river, one of New Zealand's best brown trout streams. The Mataura is not a white water river of the kind usually used for rafting.

    See the article by angler/author Dave Witherow in local media: https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/diminishing-returns-tourist-boom

    Update 1 December 2019: The local council has now approved the rafting business's application. See
    http://www.goredc.govt.nz/assets/documents/planning/20191010-LU-2019-420-Mataura-River-Rafting-Decision.pdf

    It is probably best for visiting anglers to avoid the Mataura river altogether as rafting will put down brown trout for hours.

    The local fly fishing club noted the rafting proposal when it was first mooted. The newsletter can be viewed here: http://www.southlandflyfishingclub.org.nz/images/Ripples/SFFC_Ripples_2019-09.pdf

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    pdate 25 February 2020: legal action is being considered to have the rafting approval decision overturned in the courts. See https://www.nzffa.co.nz/post/help-save-the-mataura-river
    (T
    here are fundraising links for those who want to help pay for the proposed litigation.)
    Last edited by Flycasta; 02-25-2020 at 07:16 PM.

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