New River running straight

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Mother nature — and a digger — have changed the course of two rivers south of Paroa. The West Coast Regional Council opened up Saltwater Creek, immediately south of the Paroa Hotel, about a month ago. In the past few days, the combination of heavy rain and big seas helped open up the New River mouth, at Camerons, for the first time in at least 20 years. Where that river used to run parallel to the beach for several kilometres before emptying into the sea in a shared mouth with Saltwater Creek, it now flows straight out to sea.