Life jacket use improving

More than three-quarters of boaties are wearing lifejackets the majority of the time they are on the water, according to research published in November by Maritime NZ.The results, from the 2017 IPSOS research, aligns with the on-the-water observational...... Read More

Starting the season with two new engines

The Hinemoana waka will have a bit more engine when she  re-enters the water following the pre-season spruce up.Solar-powered electric motors are being replaced with a pair of small diesels that will run biofuel.The biofuel helps keep the waka’s...... Read More

Sailors pouring into sailing school

The summer season has started with a bang this year at the Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat  Club Sailing School. The weather has been a bit shaky with all the crazy wind and rain we’ve been having, but it hasn’t stopped the sailors from...... Read More

Lovingly maintained popular model

Launched in 1986, this 17.7m (LOA) Salthouse Sovereign 54 has been lovingly maintained to a very high standard by her current owners and  she is well equipped throughout. Her exterior is two pack painted, providing excellent protection for the triple...... Read More

150 years of brown trout

October 10 marked the 150th anniversary of the introduction of brown trout to New Zealand - a species which has since become culturally, environmentally and economically important.The European natives were first introduced here in 1867 from British  stock...... Read More

Bay built award winners

In a country full of folk who love to fish, it’s not surprising that expectations of a fishing boat  are pretty high. So, with tough New Zealand fishing critics in mind, where better to design  and build a boat than right here at home...... Read More

Giant rat found on Ohinau

Unfortunately, Nigel had been on a diet of lizards, insects, eggs and chicks - all of the native variety. He revealed himself after lunching on an avocado belonging to some hard-working researchers. We don’t know how he got there. Maybe he arrived...... Read More

Summer of safety kicks into gear

Waihi Beach boaties will be the perfect  summer safety advocates thanks to two highly popular initiatives returning to the beachside community this summer. On December 24, Coastguard New Zealand’s ‘Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade’ van,...... Read More

Piratical goings on behind Karewa

We’ve had some rather unsettled weather over the last few months, but during the odd lulls we’ve managed to get out for a few reef fishing trips.We had an interesting Saturday a  couple of weeks ago. The group turned up several hours...... Read More

Summer boat ramp workshops

More than half of the population of New Zealand - around 2.25 million people - will spend some time on the water this year.That’s according to research made available to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.This summer, more vessels will take to...... Read More

A Grand Banks masterpiece

Now in New Zealand under the ownership of  John Crighton, Le Voyageur has come a long  way since her beginnings on the  Great Lakes of America. First manufactured in 1967-69 for an American marine company, she was built in Junk Bay, Hong...... Read More

Trophy boat on the market

A Vindex design 38ft overall, Waimana Star was built by Emmett Olsen in the far North in 1972 as a game fishing charter launch operating out of the Bay of Islands.Skippered by Mick Savage for many years, Waimana Star has a great fish catching record...... Read More

It is a weigh of life

For some people, fishing is a hobby and something to look forward to on weekends  or during  the holidays. For some, however, fishing is their life. Weighmasters are fishing enthusiasts that dedicate their time to assisting the community by...... Read More

No excuses over boat safety

Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard is opening a summer membership campaign with the aid of a dedicated membership line to make joining quick and easy, with no form filling required.  “We all get sick of filling out forms, so we thought ‘how...... Read More

A growing sport with Raglan roots

Small town Raglan has become home to big time kiteboarding action, with some great local talent helping drive the revolution. The status of kiteboarding as an Olympic sport is changing again, with the sport scheduled for the youth Olympic Games in Buenos...... Read More

Studying ancient waka sail

A group of researchers are setting out  to study what is believed to be the only remaining Maori sail to enhance knowledge about how voyaging occurred.Maori textiles scholar Dr Catherine Smith is working with Donna Campbell and Ranui Ngarimu to...... Read More

Beach bug counts

Waikato beach monitoring at seven east coast  and two west coast beaches to test faecal bacteria levels in relation to swimming and surfing is  about to kick off again.Monitoring was reactivated last summer in an effort to confirm that levels...... Read More

Kahawai contest called off

Papamoa Surf Casting Club’s big Kahawai tournament for May 2018 has been called off due to a lack of funding.“We couldn’t raise enough funds to cover our expenses,” says club president Bruce Glass. The club succeeded in raising...... Read More

A dive school for all specialties

It’s a dive school with a bit of everything. This is one way to describe the NZ Dive School in Hamilton.The school boasts a range of operations and educational courses in New Zealand, with the instructors able to offer dive instruction across the...... Read More




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