Editorial by Dave Moran
Dive New Zealand Magazine at The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show
As we go to press we are ‘recovering’ from four extremely busy days at The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show. We shared a huge stand with Tourism Malaysia who were promoting a trip for two to Seaventures Dive Resort, commonly known as The Rig which stands proudly off the island of Mabul in the territory of Sabah/Borneo/Malaysia. The world famous diving mecca, Sipadan Island, is only 20 quick minutes away. Subscribing to the magazine gave you an extra four chances of winning the $12,000 trip!
It was a pleasure catching up with our regulars who make the annual pilgrimage to the Show to renew their subscriptions. We also welcomed many new subscribers to the magazine. Thanks for your support which is most appreciated. We wish you all heaps of luck with winning a trip of a life time!
Ban Shark Finning
It was pleasing to see the number of people signing the petition to ban shark finning in New Zealand at the New Zealand Underwater Association stand. Presently there is a massive collective effort by various groups to present a united voice to government because currently the National Plan of Action for sharks is being revised by the Ministry of Primary Industries (previously the Ministry of Fisheries). The groups are determined for New Zealand to join the other 98 countries that have banned shark finning. Our Australian cousins are in that forward thinking group. Have your say by visiting the Shark Alliance website:
Just do it – you can make a difference!
Starting on page 32 we have an interview with Riley Elliott who is doing excellent research on the behaviour and distribution of blue sharks in New Zealand waters. He shares his passion for sharks and what New Zealanders and many of our international friends are not aware of is how behind New Zealand is with its management of sharks. His information punches massive holes through New Zealand’s government departments which promote New Zealand as being proactive, even leading the world with is conservation policies!
OZTeK, the biennial Dive Expo held in Sydney (16-17 March, page 73), was again an amazing show. The presentations were world class. The boundaries of diving are being expanded to amazing new horizons. Though I must say, pushing the depth reached in New Zealands South Island Pearse Resurgence to just over 220 metres does beg the question … why? But cave divers are a breed of their own; they just have to keep exploring dark tunnels! Though Shane Wasik, I think, prefers diving beneath the streets of Budapest! Turn to page 38.
It was also pleasing to see New Zealand guru technical diver, Pete Mesley being recognized by his peers when he received OZTeK’s Outstanding Achievement of the Year award. Page 72.
I’ve always thought that diving is a fantastic sport and divers in general are bloody good people. Four days at The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show reinvigorated that belief. Thanks again to all of you who called by our stand to say ‘hi’. It was very much appreciated by myself and the team.