WYLAND FOUNDATION DIVE NEW ZEALAND MAGAZINE RECOGNITION AWARD

One person can make a difference.

To have a dream and to see it materialise into a reality is one of life’s joys.

In 2002 it occurred to the team at Dive New Zealand/ Dive Pacific magazine’s that there were many people who have or who are unselfishly contributing huge amounts of time and effort for no real personal financial gain or glory. They are just passionate about what they are doing and the resulting benefits that will flow through to all divers and non divers alike plus the marine environment.

What was needed was an outstanding Award that would reflect the beauty of the marine environment. An Award that a recipient would respect and be proud to receive and display.

We contacted the Wyland Foundation based in the USA. Wyland is one of the world’s most accomplished marine artists. One of his greatest achievements is promoting the beauty of the marine environment by painting huge wall murals throughout the USA and various locations around the world. His goal of painting 100 walls was achieved in 2008. The largest, at Long Beach USA, covers three acres and required 7,000 gallons (31,800 litres) of paint. By doing so he created an awareness of the fragile marine environment for many who would never venture under the ocean’s surface. Wyland commented, ‘If people see the beauty in nature they will work to preserve it’.

In New Zealand ( Auckland harbour’s Viaduct basin) Wyland’s 420m x 20m mural depicts humpback, blue, pilot and killer whales at play. Wyland was invited to New Zealand by the late Sir Peter Blake during the America Cup sailing competition in 1999/2000. Visit here for more on Wyland

This award is primarily aimed at recognising those individuals or a group of individuals that have unselfishly contributed huge amounts of their personal time for the benefit of all divers and the marine environment for no real personal financial gain or glory. They are the unsung heroes, doing what they feel will make a difference for the better, for this planet we call home.

  • The award is presented to an individual or a group.
  • The recipient holds the award for one year.
  • The award is to stay within New Zealand.

2016 – Danny Boulton (1951–2014)

One person can make a difference The 13th presentation of the Award was at the New Zealand Underwater Association’s AGM hosted in the Nelson Underwater Club clubrooms, 1–3 July 2016. Recipient: Danny Boulton (1951–2014) Marlborough Sounds Marine Environment Advocate. Danny was a …

2015 – THE MOUNT MAUNGANUI DIVE CLUB

Protecting the Astrolabe Reef’s environment and for preserving the Rena's hull to remain as a dive site   This year’s recipient is the Mount Maunganui Dive Club for their work and efforts involving the wreck of the Rena on Astrolabe reef off Tauranga. They have given untiringly of …

2014 – CHRISTINE ROSE

Marine Conservationist, Advocate for Maui and Hector's dolphins   In 2002 it occurred to the team at Dive New Zealand/ Dive Pacific magazine's that there were many people who are unselfishly contributing huge amounts of time and effort involving the environment and diving for no real …

2013 – SHANE WASIK

Passionate diving advocate, wreck analyst, NZUA president At the New Zealand Underwater Association's AGM held in Wellington (see page 71, August/September issue #137) the Award recipient was announced. Shane Wasik is the 10th recipient of the Award which was first presented in 2003 at an …

2012 – JO ‘FLOPPY’ HALLIDAY

Dolphins, Whales, Marine Mammal Medic course, Whale Rescue Team   At New Zealand Underwater's AGM dinner on 2 June at the Western Underwater Club rooms in New Lynn Auckland the Award was presented to Jo 'Floppy' Halliday. Jo was nominated by a past recipient of the Award, Ingrid Visser …

2011 – ROSS MCDONALD

Project AWARE, Environmentalist   Ross McDonald may not be a household name in Auckland but he certainly is in the South Island. He is a very quiet gentleman who can quite often go unnoticed to the majority but is always there when something is needed or something needs fixing or …

2010 – DR INGRID VISSER

Orca Research Trust, Photographer, Writer, Researcher   Ingrid is the seventh recipient to receive this Award and the first woman to be so honoured. I'm not sure when I first met Ingrid but I'm guessing it may have been during the halcyon days of the Ocean Conferences (1976–1990) which …

2009 – DR ROGER GRACE

Environmentalist, Photographer, Writer, Researcher Readers will know that Roger is a regular contributor to this magazine. His excellent articles have increased our understanding of marine life and his photography has splashed vibrant colour throughout the magazine's pages for many …

2008 – MIKE PERCY

Environmentalist and Underwater Researcher, Seahorse 2000 project, Maui's Dolphin   The Wyland Philosophy that one person can make a difference whilst working unheralded, and for no personal monetary gain or personal rewards, is a philosophy that makes a strong statement in itself and …

2006/7 – ROSS GUY

Marine Wildlife Conservation and Rescue, Project Jonah   The award's main statement is: One person can make a difference. For those of you who read the Dive New Zealand/ Dive Pacific magazine's farewell to Ross Guy in the April/May, issue 99, 2007, page 74, you will understand why …

2005/6 – WADE DOAK

The advocate for marine conservation in New Zealand   The following is an extract from the speech by the awards second recipient Dr. Bill Ballantine: "I am absolutely delighted to be asked to present this award to Wade Doak. Many people have had a part in pushing back the …

2004 – DR BILL BALLANTINE

The visionary for marine reserves   Bill has long been regarded in New Zealand as the Father of Marine Reserves having been promoting the concept for over 40 years. Originally he came from England to take up a lecturing position at Auckland University. He soon shifted to the Marine …

2003 – STEVE WEIDMANN

SS Tioma Artificial Reef   Steve was the instigator and driving force behind the Taioma Reef Society Inc who successfully sunk the 33meters (108 ft) tug, SS Taioma in 27 metres at Motiti Island off the city of Tauranga on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island on 19 March …

 

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