Editorial 124

Riwaka’s Cultural Significance,

2011 Oceanz, Lost World Adventure

What do you think? Have your say at the bottom…

By Dave Moran

Lost World Adventure, a bucket list must.

Have you ever hung on a rope 100 metres above a roaring river surrounded
by giant stalactites suspended in a surreal mist? You haven’t! I can personally vouch that this experience is right up there with
jumping out of a plane but much funkier…and totally safe. So safe in
fact that past Prime Ministers Helen Clark, Jim Bolger, Governor General
Dame Cath not to mention celebs like Tom Cruise and Holly Hunter have
all taken the leap of faith into the magical Lost World at Waitomo.

Now is you chance to grab a few mates and experience the Lost World and
adventure like the celebs do, but at a fraction of the normal cost. Dive New Zealand magazine has an exclusive offer:

50% off the standard rate (saving you $150!!) check out


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This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Cultural Significance!

Very powerful words especially in these PC days when the New Zealand Government seems to be happy to encourage its nation’s people to be divided into those who are privileged by birth and those who are not! We see it on a daily basis which is a shame as this is a beautiful country for all to enjoy.

The recent sign erected by the Department of Conservation (DoC) at the Riwaka Resurgence near Nelson in the South Island is a great example of how the use of words such as: life force, rivers are veins of Mother earth, life blood etc can create a totally fabricated ‘aura’!

After reading various DoC signs you would have to agree there is always a job for them as script writers for wine bottle labels.

Are certain interests in the process of stopping you enjoying a cultural diving experience of significance by banning you from dipping your fins in the so called sacred waters of the Riwaka Resurgence? When will this hypocrisy stop?

Oceanz Dive Conference & Exhibition.

This event is going to be fantastic. Some of our older divers will recall the golden days of the Oceans Dive Expos that ran from 1976 to 1990. The photographic part of the Expo continued until 2003. These events were the highlight of the year’s diving calendar.

Shane Wasik, a regular contributor to the magazine, and his partner Nikki are the driving force behind this event. Shane and Nikki were inspired by what they experienced at OZTeK in Sydney (


) and thought why not hold a mini OZTeK in New Zealand!

To stage such an event is a huge undertaking and I encourage all New Zealand divers to make an effort to take part. It will be a blast and just what New Zealand divers need to inspire and inform them about the fantastic diving adventures to be had around our stunning coast. The Dive Industry will also be displaying the latest in diving equipment.

Tauranga is the place to be over the weekend of 12 – 13 November. Grab your diary, cell phone organizer and blank out those dates NOW!

For info visit:


The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show a Raging Success.

Thanks to all of those readers who called by our stand at the Boat Show to renew their subscription and grab a goodie bag. The Show is one of the few events that the team of Dive New Zealand / Dive Pacific magazines have a chance to chat with our readers. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to receive feedback about what you, the reader, would like to see more or less of in the magazine.

Thanks for your input. We look forward to meeting up again next year!

Winter Escape.

With winter on the way, now is the time to plan your winter escape. Check out some of the tantalizing tropical destinations sprinkled throughout this issue. There is sure to be a destination that ticks all the boxes for you!  Enjoy.

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