Family of drowned kayaker don't want river closed

Louise Jull, 26, died while kayaking in Kaituna River near Rotorua in March.
SUPPLIED

Louise Jull, 26, died while kayaking in Kaituna River near Rotorua in March.

The family of a kayaker who drowned after getting caught on a log while paddling a Rotorua river does  not want it closed off as the result of her death.

At an inquest into Louise Jull's death in the Coroners Court in Rotorua on Wednesday her father Adrian said his daughter had paddled that section of the Kaituna River many times before and knew the risks posed by logs.

Julls, an experienced kayaker, drowned on March 11 after getting into trouble while paddling the upper section of the Kaituna Riverwith partner Ryan Lucas and friend Joe Morley.

READ MORE:

Top kayaker Louise Jull drowns near Rotorua
*
 Family, friends farewell kayaker Louise Jull

As she tried to swim out of her kayak her spraydeck became entangled on a log submerged between one and two metres below the river surface.

Lucas and Morley got to the bottom of this particular section and waited for Jull, but only her flotation device came floating down.

As they were unable to paddle back up the river they continued to the nearest exit point and went down again to find Jull's kayak wedged against a log, but they could not see her.

Police were then notified and a search began.

Her body was found the next day.

Ad Feedback

Adrian Jull said he supported a call for active tree removal from the area.

Evidence from the kayak community suggested the majority of logs that made this part of the river hazardous, come from forestry operations on the edge of the gorge.

They told the coroner they'd successfully removed some of these logs in the past and would like to work collaboratively with Bay of Plenty Regional Council to continue reducing this hazard.

The upper part of the river is not currently used commercially.

Harbourmaster James Buell said he earlier considered the removal of trees from the river but no longer saw this option feasible due to cost, access to the area and safety. 

"I am conscious that the kayaking fraternity regards the upper section of the river a 'jewel' in New Zealand's white-water crown," he told Coroner Wallace Bain.

"However, my focus is on ensuring maritime safety and if an experienced talented kayaker with local knowledge couldn't survive kayaking in this area, then it begs the question in my mind whether anyone should be kayaking this area."

He said he would consider the coroner's recommendations before any decision on the future use of the river would be made.

"I will also consider any feedback from kayakers or Whitewater NZ about the safety issues highlighted by this inquest and the potential closure of the upper section of the river."  

Jull's mother Elizabeth and sister Isobelle read out a eulogy through tears and expressed how amazing Jull was and how much she was missed.

Coroner Bain reserved his decision to forestry contractors and land owners on each side of the river time to make submissions.

 - Stuff

Comments

Ad Feedback
special offers
Auckland

'Phantom' to remain jailed

Loizos Michaels, pictured before being sent to prison. He has been decline parole twice.

A conman who calls himself 'The Phantom' and once duped Jonah Lomu has been denied parole.

Thousands gather in Auckland

The Anzac service at the Auckland War Memorial on Anzac Day 2017.

A crisp, clear morning greeted thousands of Aucklanders at the War Memorial Museum Anzac Day service.

One house but two homes video

The house is designed with two distinct "wings" to give each couple their own space. The only shared space is the foyer.

Buying a first home in Auckland's Grey Lynn was little more than a dream for two young couples - until they pooled their resources.

'We're just thrilled he's here'

Alec Gannaway celebrates his birthday at Auckland City Hospital surrounded by family. From left: sister Rose, mum Joy ...

Two weeks ago, Alec Gannaway was dragged by a car and put in a coma. Today, he's 21.

Wellington

Services draws thousands

Following the dawn service, many people chose to leave their poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

Thousands stood in silence in remembrance of those who have fought under the Anzac banner.

Crook denied parole 

Kelly Leigh Crook was jailed for her role in the murder of Matt Stevens, which she helped attempt to cover up by faking ...

Woman who lured man to his death now admits what she did was "horrible."

Rentals smelly, musty and mouldy

Rental homes are more than twice as likely to have poorly maintained features than owner-occupied buildings, according ...

Rental homes are twice as likely to smell musty, and three times more likely to feel damp.

Councillor under investigation

Kapiti Coast District councillor David Scott has denied any wrongdoing for his part in the alleged incident with a ...

Kapiti councillor David Scott accused of grabbing senior manager's hips and 'pressing' himself against her.

Canterbury

NZ's rugged beauty from space video

Banks Peninsula with its distinctive shape.

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet captures stunning shots of New Zealand.

Firearms scare in Chch

Armed police blocked off Rex St in Riccarton after a firearms scare on Tuesday morning. (File photo)

Police cordoned off a Christchurch street after a firearms scare.

Tactix team in strife

Netball Mainland board chairwoman Anne Marett says the retention and recruitment of players at the top level is a ...

There's no shortage of issues for the Tactix, and solutions must be found says Netball Mainland.

Assault not 'the Samoan way'

The man punched, kicked, choked and threw his son across the room.

Father who beat son after call from teacher accepts it was "not just discipline".

Waikato

'Today means everything to me'

The Anzac dawn service attracted thousands to Hamilton's Memorial Park.

It's the one day the world remembers yet every day reminds this family of the price of war.

Body found in bush

Thames

A hunter alerted police to the grim find just after 1pm on Anzac Day.

Stolen war medals come home

Sam Healy and daughter Jorji, 9, are reunited with their family's war medals.

A year ago thieves stole Sam Healy's grandfather's war medals. On Anzac Day eve, she got them back.

Shed fire injures one

A shed on this Hakarimata Rd property250417 news A shed at this property on Hakarimata Rd near Huntly went up on flames, ...

Explosions heard as workshop went up in flames shortly before noon.

Taranaki

Anzac Day in Waitara

The Anzac Day Parade in Waitara before the civic service.

The weather was perfect for the Anzac Day services held around the mountain on Tuesday.

Bramhill for Greens

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall has been picked as the Green Party's candidate for the New Plymouth electorate in the 2017 ...

Long time environmental activist Stuart Bramhill is the Green's candidate for New Plymouth. 

Stratford at Dawn

Isaac Burroughs, 15, from the Stratford District Air Training Corps stood guard among the crosses.

Stratford's dawn service was one of many held around Taranaki this Anzac Day.

Five days of fun

24042016 NEWS Photo CHARLOTTE CURD/Fairfax. Fowler Homes Taranaki Mega Fun Carnival at the old countdown carpark this ...

After a hugely successful event last year, the carnival is back in New Plymouth.

Manawatu

Gorge could be closed for weeks

About 3,500 cubic metres of earth is blocking the Woodville end of State Highway 3 through the Manawatu Gorge.

Manawatu Gorge set for another long closure after two slips block lanes.

Child basher in denial

Peter Ross Moran wants to live near a child whose brain he damaged.

He caused his victim's brain to become "watery mush", but still denies doing anything wrong.

Town recreates Passchendaele

25042017  News  photo: Warwick Smith/Fairfax NZ  
Halcombe Anzac Day parade  -  parade 'dismissed'.

Halcombe put on a historical spectacle as they recreated Flanders Fields.  

Thousands at Anzac remembrance

25042017 News photo DAVID UNWIN/FAIRFAX NZ
Anzac day dawn service in The Square, Palmerston North.

"This is the better world that our soldiers died in the hope of."

Nelson

Richmond remembers lost heroes

Poppy laying during the Anzac Day service at War Memorial Gardens, Richmond.

Anzac Day crowds overflowed into the streets around Richmond's memorial gardens.

A city pays tribute video

Anzac Day dawn parade and service at Anzac Memorial Park, Nelson.

Thousands woke before dawn to attend Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson.

Nelson: The new Silicon Valley?

Markus Erdmann and Vivian Escorsin are part of the entrepreneur group Local.Foundation who are organising a business ...

Business group says Nelson has potential to become "start-up hub of New Zealand".

Flowers revive wartime memories

World War II veteran Allan Carson holds poppies from Flanders Fields in Belgium, brought back from a visit there in ...

A Nelson man's souvenir from a WW1 battlefield stirs up two generations of memories.

Marlborough

Pak 'n Save's unusual policy

Two German men have stolen meat, cheese, beer and herbs from Pak 'n Save Blenheim.

What to do with food found on a shoplifter's person? Put it back on the shelves, of course.

Anzac day treats

Kaikoura council earthquake recovery economic lead Mel Skinner with a plate of Anzac cookies from Wellington's Good ...

The Good Bitches' homebaking brings a sweet reassuring note to earthquake recovery effort.

'It's a reality check'

Dawn services at the Seddon Memorial Hall.

Friends, family remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Anzac commemoration.

'The supreme sacrifice'

Australian Army veteran Betty Binnie gets her two remounted medals pinned to her chest by RAAF Squadron Leader Marcus Watson.

Rocked to the core by earthquakes, the people of Ward stand strong to remember the fallen this Anzac day.

South Canterbury

New book on war hero

Tom O'Connor has published a book on Waimate war hero Eric Batchelor.

The life of one of New Zealand's most decorated soldiers has been detailed in new book.

Honouring sacrifice

War veterans march on Memorial Ave towards the cenotaph at the Anzac Dawn Service in Timaru.

A crowd of a few hundred stood at the cenotaph in Timaru to commemorate Anzac Day.

Man killed in crash

A man is dead after a crash on Freehold Creek Bridge at Lake Ohau.

One person has died after a single-vehicle crash on a bridge in the Waitaki District.

Charging stations for Mackenzie

The kind of electric charging station Alpine Energy is looking to install in Fairlie, Tekapo and Twizel.

New Zealand's ever-expanding electric car infrastructure is headed for the Mackenzie.

Southland

50-year-old receipt returned

Sue Samson with the 50-year-old receipt left in the Winton Night 'n Day store on April 6.

They'd kept their honeymoon receipt for five decades. So when a shopkeeper found it, she knew she had to return it.

Gore's Anzac service

Gore High School pupil Jake Miller with Gore RSA padre Bruce Cavanagh before he left on the Anzac exchange.

A Tamworth student carried Australia's flag at Gore's Anzac Day service.

The watchmaker at Cassino

Cassino under bombing.

Warren Warburton's working life was about beauty and precision. His war wasn't.

Fragility and vigour

Dawn Parade at the Invercargill Cenotaph.  The Ascot Park Hotel Brass Band of Invercargill's Ethan Hellyer, left, with ...

The corrosions of age and the vigour of youth stood shoulder to shoulder in Invercargill's dawn service.

Ad Feedback