Dead sperm whale beaches

Sperm whales are not often found dead on Bay of Plenty beaches, so it’s no surprise the specimen found on Papamoa Beach in mid-February attracted attention from the Department of Conservation, iwi and even thieves.The thieves arrived first, and cut...... Read More

Community support call

Changing demands on volunteer organisations have led to a call for increased support from their respective regions, and Coastguard Eastern Region, located in Mount Maunganui, provides such support. Coastguard Eastern Region provides support to the 15...... Read More

What I love most about sailing

It’s a question I get asked frequently, and a question that tends to be difficult to answer. It can be hard to describe a passion and a feeling that you feel with your whole being in a short sentence to a near stranger. It can also feel like a very...... Read More

University land grab resisted

Waikato University’s proposal to set up a commercial marine science centre on a grassed area at the north end of Sulphur Point is being firmly resisted by the boating population that already uses the area.Council staff who set up an information kiosk...... Read More

Marlin Money mayhem

Counties Sport Fishing Club recently ran their annual Marlin Money competition – a one-day fishing comp on Auckland’s West Coast between Raglan north head and Kaipara south head. Each boat registered for $120, and $100 of that entry fee...... Read More

Waka off to the festival

A re-powered Hinemoana waka made the return voyage to the recent Wellington Festival to be part of the fleet of waka celebrating Kupe’s first arrival in New Zealand. Kupe is traditionally credited with being the first Polynesian navigator to...... Read More

Le Voyager continued

Classy Lady arrived at the port of Auckland on May 24, 2008. Her journey on-board the ship ‘Cap Martin’, which departed the port of Savannah, South Carolina, had taken 22 days.   From Auckland Harbour, she was transported via Boat...... Read More

Path to Olympics through AIMS

What started as an intermediate schools sports competition for kayakers is now a solid step on the path to the Olympic Games. Tauranga’s AIMS Games is helping to select the next generation of Olympic kayakers, with the current youth Olympics...... Read More

Colourful fishing

Due to the spell of inclement weather in February, the team at Blue Ocean Charters has had a bit of a quiet time. However, the two trips I did to Mayor Island on Te Kuia provided some quite interesting results.   The first trip consisted of...... Read More

Bay athletes win at Coast to Coast

The Bay of Plenty has long been home to top athletes, however multisporters have flown relatively low on the radar. Over recent years, a growing number of multisporters have chosen the Bay as their home thanks to easy access to trails for running,...... Read More




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