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Tauranga coach is new harbourmaster

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Elements Watersports director Peter Head is the new Whitianga harbourmaster, and will take up his duties on March 13, says Waikato Regional Council maritime services team leader Richard Barnett.

“We are looking forward to Peter joining the team because he is well qualified for the role, both as a mariner, he’s an experienced mariner and boating tutor, and he has worked in the compliance area under contract for the Bay of Plenty harbour master’s office,” says Richard.

“So he comes with a lot of those skills already in place.I’m personally very excited about Peter joining our team, he’s a great candidate.”

Peter was selected from more than a dozen candidates for the job.

He joins a team of two other harbour masters on the Coromandel peninsula. There’s one at Coromandel itself whose area includes the coast round to Kaiaua. The Whitianga harbourmaster covers the eastern side including Mercury Bay and round to Whangapoua. And there’s another covering Whangamata/Pauanui.

Peter replaces the previous harbourmaster Mat Collicot who was stood down by the regional council in December 2016 over the after house use of a regional council boat in an Orca rescue – two days before his resignation was to take effect.

Today Peter was unable to be contacted for comment about the future of Elements Watersports. Until taking up the permanent harbour master’s positon Peter has spent most of his time delivering sailing, windsurfing and powerboating courses. This is a mix of taster, entry level through to instructor and commercial boat courses in Tauranga and around the New Zealand. Peter is also a Yachting New Zealand Course Facilitator.

He trained as an instructor after leaving school, spending four to five years teaching during the British summers, and the winters studying Coaching and Maritime Management at college and then Southampton University. After that he headed off around the world working in various sides of the watersports industry.

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Posted on 02-02-2017 13:01 | By Papamoaner

Yes I agree. It would be interesting to know the background to Matt’s resignation before that pedantic reaction to him doing what had to be done. Whatever black cloud hangs over that outfit, I hope the new guy can handle it and I wish him the best of luck
Go well Matt you beut.

Posted on 01-02-2017 19:21 | By myview

Best wishes to Matt Collicot in his future career, he did a gutsy job in freeing the Orca only to be stood down by some bureaucratic dickheads.
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