Editorial 115

Editorial by Dave Moran


Have your say!


On looking through the content of this Christmas/holiday issue I think the articles just about cover most of the activities that a person can get involved in if they take up the sport of diving.

The topics range from learning to scuba dive, spearfishing, rebreather/technical diving through to choosing diving as your career path by becoming a Navy diver.

The magazine’s team with the help of our contributors, strives to bring you, our readers, the best possible mix for your enjoyment and education. We would like to hear from you about what you think of the magazine, your likes and dislikes and any ideas on how we can produce a better a magazine.

We are running a Readers Survey on our web site and via some printed copies. Please visit:

www.divenewzealand.com

and click on: Readers Survey. Turn to page 71 for more details and the prizes to be won. We look forward to your comments. Thanks for taking the time – it’s appreciated.


DEMA


Diving Equipment and Marketing Association held its annual diving pilgrimage this year in Orlando USA from 4-7 November. This Trade Show is the world’s largest gathering of the world’s diving industry and personalities. Even though the floor space was slightly down on previous years, it still takes four full days to view all the exhibitors which numbered around 750 and counting! Turn to page 87 for a pictorial overview.


Past US President’s words




still relevant today?


While in the US I had the chance to visit the American Museum of Natural History in New York. This magnificent treasure trove of over 150 million specimens was founded in 1869. One of its founding fathers was New York philanthropist Theodore Roosevelt Senior (1831 – 1878) the father of Theodore Roosevelt who became the US President from 1901 to 1909. It seems fitting that the President’s thoughts are etched into the walls of the main entrance of a museum his father helped create.

His wise words cover: The State; Youth; Manhood and Nature. As I read the words of this extraordinary man who loved running, hunting and scientific expeditions to the jungles of the world, I thought, 100 years on his words are still relevant today.

His thoughts on:

NATURE


There is a delight in the hardy life of the open.

There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery its melancholy and its charm.

The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.

Conservation means development as much as it does protection.

I would suggest for many New Zealanders and Australians who love the adventures that the outdoors provide, these words will have meaning.

If these words have little meaning to you, may I suggest that you are missing out on some of life’s pleasures. Our waters, oceans, mountains and walking tracks are just around the corner. Take a look, I guarantee your outlook on life and some of its problems will seem diminished. This is a beautiful planet; let’s enjoy it while protecting it.


Thanks


This is the 19th Christmas/holiday edition that we have published, the first being the December/January 1991 issue.

This has only been made possible by the continued support from you our readers our advertisers and a hard working publishing team. We thank you for this support, it is very much appreciated.

We look forward to your comments via the Readers Survey.

We wish you and your loved ones a fantastic summer holiday break, get out there and partake in what mother Nature has so carefully laid at your doorstep -enjoy!

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