by Dave Moran
What a great sport diving is! After more years than I care to admit, I still get a huge buzz out of diving. Itâs a journey which I guess never ends. The journey keeps the adventurous spark alive, even after hundreds of dives. Recently I was fortunate to attend the Polynesia Dive Festival in Samoa. Tourist diving is relatively new in Samoa and the two local operations are still discovering new dive sites and looking at ways to meet the needs of visiting divers. The diving can be spectacular, from the wrecks of 100 year old warships, to dropping down vertical coral walls while being scrutinised by cruising pelagics and timid turtles. As new sites are made available to the visiting diver, Samoa as a diving destination can only get better. See pages 82 and 83.
The sinking of the New Zealand Navy hydrographic survey ship Tui is the best thing to happen to New Zealandâs diving history since the first Moray wetsuit was made back in 1958! It amazes me how some people in the diving industry are not enthusiastic and supportive about this ambitious and exciting project. The Tui will give the north what the Mikhail Lermontov did for diving in Wellington and Picton. The big difference is that the Tui will be deliberately sited so that it is easily accessible and at a safe diving depth, and all reasonable precautions will have been taken to eliminate potential diving hazards. The Tutukaka Coast Promotions Society can be congratulated on making their dream a reality. To all those in the dive industry who have not yet opened their chequebooks, I say âJust look at the big picture guys … think about it.â Post your donation (businesses and divers alike) to Tutukaka Coast Promotion Society Inc, PO Box 404, Whangarei. Our February/March issue will have a full feature on the sinking.
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The Kodak Oceanz awards dinner at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Auckland, is to take place on Saturday, September 26, just after this issue goes to press. If you are quick you may still be able to pick up a ticket to attend this night of fun and entertainment while viewing spectacular images from around New Zealand and the world. Phone 0-9-810 8034, fax 0-9-810 8032 for your tickets. An eight-page colour portfolio of the winning images will be included in our December /January issue.
Daylight saving time is just around the corner! Winter has really been a non-event in the North Island, and very mild in the South Island. It will be interesting to see if any tropical species make it a little further south due to the increased water temperature. These are exciting and challenging times as Mother Nature struggles to accommodate the expanding Homo sapiens species. Roll on summer. Get out and enjoy it!