Student finds passion for ocean life

From an early age, Fenna Beets was determined to be a scientist – although exactly what type of scientist has evolved from her initial aspirations as a five year old. “Pursuing a science-based career was always a given for me,” she...... Read More

Hannaford’s Wharf upgrade gets underway

Work starts this week to upgrade Hannaford’s Wharf - a popular tourist gateway to the Coromandel as the connector for the 360 Ferry between Auckland and the region. The upgrade will improve access to the jetty and create a shelter area for charter...... Read More

Junior Black Fins named

Surf Life Saving New Zealand has announced a team of 12 Youth athletes who will represent New Zealand at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships. Known as the Junior Black Fins, the team consists of 12 athletes; six male and six female. Held every two...... Read More

A plea on behalf of the little blues

Nature is conspiring against the little blue penguin like it hasn’t done in many years. The birds are dying en masse and local wildlife workers have been left feeling stressed, demoralised and saddened. “A combination of events has led to...... Read More

Wind gusts break ship’s lines

Winds gusting across the Port of Tauranga Sulphur Point container terminal last night snapped mooring lines on the container ship Carsten Maersk, which was alongside the wharf. The winds gusting at more than 110km/h blew the aft end of the fully laden...... Read More

Nature gives little blues a pounding

A combination of events has caused the biggest die-off of penguins in our waters for many years. Western Bay Wildlife Trust has had 58 calls in the last fortnight. All of the penguins were dead or had died within a short time of arriving on land. By...... Read More

Seal visits North Rock at Mauao

Tauranga resident Carole Meredith came across a kekeno, or New Zealand fur seal, today while walking around Mauao. The seal had come ashore near North Rock on the ocean side of Mauao. “I was walking around the Mount when a man stopped me and said...... Read More

Nacra pair revel in breeze

The wind made its presence felt on the third day of the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma, and lifted the fortunes of a handful of New Zealand sailors as they made their moves. Liv Mackay and Micah Wilkinson revelled in the 18-20 knots wind and steep waves...... Read More

Skippers fined over collision

Skippers involved in the collision between two boats in Pilot Bay on March 16 have been fined by the harbourmaster, say police. “This incident could have had a tragic outcome and is a timely reminder to boaties to always maintain a safe lookout...... Read More

Thrilling showdown at IRB finale

More than 300 Surf Lifeguards are set to descend on Waihi Beach this weekend for the BP New Zealand Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships finale. The lifeguards will fight for the honour of becoming the top IRB club in the country. A total of 85 crews...... Read More

Drone fishing 101

Are you a fisherman that has found yourself frustrated with surfcasting because that sweet spot just outside your casting range eludes you? You may have tried your hand at kite fishing or a kontiki, which will get your line to where you want it, but...... Read More

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




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