Editorial 105

Holiday Destinations – Whaling Update – The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

In this issue we take you on a journey of tantalizing holiday options. From the challenges of diving Antarctic waters where we come face to face with a leopard seal, to the colourful life beneath the waters of tropical islands that are sprinkled throughout the South Pacific, to isolated destinations such as Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean and exotic, historical Cyprus in the Mediterranean. We explore the decks of the 251m long US aircraft carrier


resting in Bikini Atoll. A solid visual reminder of the USA atomic weapons testing in 1946. From the 20 diving destinations you will find a place that will satisfy your adventurous spirit and your holiday budget.

Ice thaws but little else moves at whaling meeting reports the news agency Reuters

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) recently completed a meeting in London to try and resolve the differences between pro and anti whaling groups. One of the main objectives of the meeting was: Should the IWC allow more whaling or become a serious conservation organization? Little was achieved in that direction as the issue about the actions of the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd flexed the delegate’s minds! New Zealand’s whaling commissioner, Sir Geoffrey Palmer commented regarding the direct action taken by the anti whaling group and the claim by Sea Shepherd that one of their crew was shot by the Japanese. ‘It may lead to considerable difficulties in terms of loss of life if care is not taken’ and he urged both parties to obey the law. A good standard PC comment. I guess Sir Geoffrey is between a rock and a hard place.

Negotiation is a tricky art! From where I’m sitting the reason Sea Shepherd takes direct action – which does get results and Greenpeace’s more passive action and the Australian Government’s sending an observation ship is because the Japanese are whaling in the internationally recognized, Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

Who’s breaking the law? Noble words around a conference table would have had little effect on the whalers this season – but maybe in the long term words and common sense will allow whales to roam the world’s oceans without fear of the whalers’ harpoon.

Turn to page 61 and experience what whales are contributing to some of the South Pacific Islands’ economies.

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

The team at Dive New Zealand magazine look forward to you calling by our stand (365) in Hall Three. While renewing your magazine subscription or checking out our range of books and DVDs you could also go into the draw to win a seven day dive trip for two aboard a luxury Blue Lagoon cruise in tropical Fiji. Check pages, 27 and 95. The Gate Prize this year is A BOAT A DAY! Check page three.

I guess you’ve noticed that the magazine is now A4 size and is perfect bound

To change the format of the magazine has been a challenging process for the team here. The reasons for change were numerous. A major consideration was to satisfy the preference of our local and international readers for a more visual experience while still retaining the magazine’s information content. We look forward to receiving your comments.

The fantastic summer is still rolling along. Dive shops are having one of their best summer seasons in years. Support your local dive shop as they provide you with air fills and they have the expertise to advise you about training and equipment. When considering purchasing new equipment remember you can’t buy your air via the internet, only your profession dive store can provide clean air when you need it -support them.

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