Editorial 99


100th birthday fast approaching!


In case you haven’t noticed the copy of the magazine you are holding is issue number 99!

Our big birthday is with the next issue, June/July.

The team is currently working on producing an historical issue covering some of the major diving related events over the past 16 years.

It will be a collectors’™ edition!

Our birthday party will start at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane Auckland, 17-20 May 2007.

If you are in Auckland please call in to have a chat, maybe sip a wine/beer/orange or two and check out some of diving’s memorabilia and the equipment of the future.

We could even autograph a copy of the magazine if you wish.

Turn to page 2 and 78 for further details.

The Dive New Zealand/Pacific magazine team look forward to you calling in and celebrating this significant milestone in the magazine’s history.


Hello Japan, it’s time to change


I’m sure people often think this when it come to Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean’s whale sanctuary.

A recent article in the New Zealand Herald (New Zealand’ largest circulating newspaper) titled,

‘˜Why


Japan


is deaf to whaling protests’

, by Tets Kimura, an Australian journalist of Japanese background, makes interesting reading.

Some extracts:

In


Japan


, English is not spoken at all among the Japanese. It is virtually a mono-lingual society.


Japan


has the lowest English-speaking population per head among developed countries. The lack of English proficiency limits access to global information.



The normal understanding of the worldwide internet does not apply to the Japanese. What they call the internet is rather the domestic ‘Japnet’.



This makes it difficult for the Japanese to hear what the rest of the world is saying.



Considering this environment, it is not difficult to see why the anti-whaling voice is not recognised in


Japan


– nine out of 10 Japanese are still ignorant of


Japan



s annual ‘scientific’ whaling in the Southern Ocean.



As a result,


Japan



s Fishery Agency has no need to defend its whaling view to citizens because there is no opposition.



View full article

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Greenpeace has already figured out that the only way to change the status quo is from within Japan itself. They have commenced an

I Love programme

in Japan. Stickers with the I Love Japan but whaling breaks my heart: I Love Sumo but whaling breaks my heart: I Love Wasabi etc and numerous other items that are common place within Japanese society.

Greenpeace have also launched a video travelogue

Whale-Love

Wagon into Japan. Visit:

www.whalelove.org/

which is also online in Japan at: whalelove.jp (no www)

Check it out it is very ‘˜cool’ and informative.

The

Esperanza



is heading to Japan to further bring the Greenpeace message to the Japanese people.

While in Japan they hope that the representatives of the Fisheries Agency of Japan accept an invitation to visit the ship.

To see a live cam of where the ship currently is visit:

http://oceans.greenpeace.org/en/photo-audio-video/live-webcam


Dolphins slaughtered




Killing dolphins is also another industry that the Japanese would rather the rest of the world not know about.

I strongly recommend you visit: www.glumbert.com/media/dolphin

The video you will view is in a word,

disgusting

!

You may not wish to see dolphins slaughtered and think – no I do not want to see it – -shut it out of your mind – but please take the time and the courage to view this video and tell your friends about what you saw. The Japanese people also need to know what is going on in their country and know that in the year 2007 the world has moved on from such barbaric actions that may have been acceptable/tradition 50 years ago.

If you’re thinking of a tropical escape this winter, then this issue will whet your adventurous appetite! Check out the 14 destinations within this issue and start planning your escape!

We hope some of you can make it to the Boat Show and enjoy some Dive New Zealand/Pacific magazine hospitality.

Renew your subscription and be in to win some fantastic prizes plus pick up a bag of goodies!

See you there!

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