Editorial 128

Rena, Sea Shepherd, Wyland

By Dave Moran
What to do with the MV Rena?

New Zealand Underwater Association is calling for the Rena to be left where she is once containers are removed, especially the stern section that is almost completely beneath the waves. The Government has indicated it wants the wreck completely removed. Who pays?

Tax payers, ship’s insurers or ship’s owners?

As many have suggested the wreck is not a threat to navigation due to the fact that the reef is already a threat to navigation.

It would be extremely cheaper to cut a few diver safety holes throughout the stern section than completely removing it. Plus there is the bonus of creating an on going financial return for Tauranga as local and international divers visit to dive the wreck.

The Tauranga business community and the local tourism department should get together and approach the Government re allowing the wreck’s hull to remain. Some people want the wreck removed completely for various environmental reasons which is fair enough.

But when you consider the number of wrecks scattered around our coast and internationally, some the result of WWI and WWII that were left where they sank, cargo and all, and now they are just part of the marine environment and causing no further damage. The Rena should be left as an on going diving tourist attraction for divers to explore and marvel at as she slowly becomes part of the reef.

Whale Wars with Sea Shepherd and can dolphins and whales have the ability to show and experience empathy?

In our latest issue we have part one of an interview with Sea Shepherd’s founder Paul Watson.

Sea Shepherd’s current project in Antarctic waters has recently hit the headlines. Everyone seems to have an opinion about Sea Shepherd and Paul Watson. I hope the interview gives you the opportunity to see what, drives the passion of this environmental organization.

For those of you who check out the New Zealand Herald did you spot the article by Jim Hopkins in the Friday 13 January edition?

Titled: Dinner music from the ocean depths – so what if whales sing?  They’re no different from our untuneful sheep.

Check it out here:

He obliviously, from my point of view, has never put his head underwater and experienced being close to a whale or any other large animal. Today, as far as I know, people do not legally hunt elephants, lions and other so called big game animals because they are endangered plus, and it’s a big plus, people like seeing and interacting with these animals.  The big game hunters of old are a dying species.

Man has the ability to kill every animal on this planet if he so desires. He also has the ability to see an animal and think ‘wow you are amazing’ and let that animal live in peace without it being threaten by man’s greed. Maybe Man has not reached that level of evolution yet?

In vast contrast to Hopkins article was the recent Ocean Giants on TV1

Visit here to check it out


From the text: Dolphins and whales may appear to be totally alien to us. But with their mental ability, group communication and the recent discovery that dolphins have individual names, they are closer to us than we ever imagined.

In the experiments and observations both dolphins and whales are showing that they may have the ability to have empathy towards one another. Beside man there are only a few other animals on the planet to have this ability, example: several species of great apes and elephants. These days we do not shoot them to eat. We take pictures.

Wyland Foundation – Dive New Zealand Magazine Recognition Award

Time for nominations. Do you know someone who deserves this Award?


The New Zealand sun has finally started to hang around for more than a few hours in a day. I, as many divers and dive shop businesses, am thinking about time! Let’s hope the weather continues to improve so that we experience a long hot summer all the way past Easter! Enjoy!

Dave Moran

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