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Southern Pacific’s New X-Tender Range of RIBs

By Ron Czerniak, Marine Consultant. As I drove to Army Bay Whangaporaoa Peninsula north of Auckland to meet with Tristan Campbell of Southern Pacific Inflatables where I was to dive from and review their new X-Tender 350 RIB I thought about time travel. It seemed like only yesterday (but in fact was forty years ago) […]



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Cave Diving with Adrenaline

By Tom Crisp Ahead of me the darkness looms, drawing me ever deeper into the watery void. My reel slowly spins in my hand as I let the line fall gently into position. Bubbles rush past my ears with each breath, a constant reminder that I only have a limited supply remaining. But what is […]

Pearse Resurgence – Quest or Obsession?

But today I carry on over the pit, 32 000 lumens of light mounted on the scooter showing me a view of the passage I have not seen before with my usual dim dive light. The goal is to check the end of the passage in this area that I have always assumed ended in […]



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A Diving Pioneer: Recollections & Training – We Compare with Today’s Training

  Above L–R: Bill Young, Ivor Howitt and Ted Eldred. Bill with a Siebe Gorman unit with a side-hung oxygen bottle; Ivor with a Siebe Gorman unit that could be the first brought to Australia; Ted with two unique oxygen scuba units. Historical documents supplied by Ivor Howitt. Compiled by Dive New Zealand magazine. Back […]

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NZUA: Dive Safe

Master of Small Commercial Dive Boat (MSCDB) qualification is an approved training framework endorsed by Maritime NZ and now falls under the Maritime Rule Part 35.70 and 35.72. The MSCDB is classed as dive industry specific and therefore can only be held by persons currently working within the dive industry and is a five-year certification. […]



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2019 – SOUTH TARANAKI UNDERWATER CLUB

Project Reef Life – South Taranaki Underwater Club At the New Zealand Underwater Association’s AGM in Christchurch on Saturday 29th June 2019 it was an absolute pleasure to award this year’s recipients: The South Taranaki Underwater Club – Project Reef Life. This Project was born out of an idea planted at the Club’s AGM in […]

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2018 – KEITH GORDON

Keith Gordon was presented the Award at the New Zealand Underwater Association’s 65th AGM which was hosted by South Taranaki Underwater Club in the historic town of Hawera, over the weekend of 29th June – 1st July. It was in recognition for his 65 years of service to diving which began in 1960 when he […]



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Advanced Knowledge Series: Are All Carbon Dioxide Absorbents the same?

By Associate Professor Simon Mitchell, University of Auckland. Introduction and recap This is the fifth in a series of articles appearing in Dive New Zealand with the aim of enhancing knowledge of selected practically important issues in diving physiology and medicine. In the first article we discussed how carbon dioxide (CO2) is produced in the […]

Advanced Knowledge Series: The Gas Density Conundrum

By Associate Professor Simon Mitchell, University of Auckland. Introduction and recap This is the fourth in a series of articles appearing in Dive New Zealand / Dive Pacific with the aim of enhancing knowledge of selected practically important issues in diving physiology and medicine. In the first article we discussed how carbon dioxide (CO2) is […]



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Dive Destination New Zealand: Mercury Bay – Coromandel

By Lee Czerniak. Images supplied by Dive Zone Whitianga. Whitianga on Mercury Bay is one of the most popular spots on the Coromandel Peninsular. Doubtless, the Mercury Islands (known for their diving and fishing spots) are part of the allure that calls the diver to visit these waters. The Mercury Islands were named by Captain […]



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A Diving Pioneer: Recollections & Training – We Compare with Today’s Training

  Above L–R: Bill Young, Ivor Howitt and Ted Eldred. Bill with a Siebe Gorman unit with a side-hung oxygen bottle; Ivor with a Siebe Gorman unit that could be the first brought to Australia; Ted with two unique oxygen scuba units. Historical documents supplied by Ivor Howitt. Compiled by Dive New Zealand magazine. Back […]

Fighting Divers

Fighting Divers by Roger Meecham Images Pete Mesley During the summer of 1842 an incident occurred at Spithead that was to be the first and possibly the only recorded occasion when two friendly, but rival divers began fighting underwater. At Spithead that summer Major General Pasley had 24 men of the Royal Sappers and Miners […]



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State of Gulf Report a further wake up call

Like a cancer, metre by metre, litre by litre New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, the big pond that leads you to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, is steadily losing its battle to maintain a healthy environment for all marine creatures, birds, and for people to enjoy. Many of you would be aware of the recent 106 […]

New Zealand not so green?

You would be aware of the New Zealand Fishing Industry request to Government to keep secret material including video collected from commercial fishing vessels. Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been developing a new digital monitoring regime, called the Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System, which would record information including video of fishing activities on-board […]



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Spearheading the Solomons

By Clarke Gayford. What an otherworldly experience it must have been for Solomon Islanders at the outbreak of the Second World War. To go from eking out a simple yet bountiful existence in their pristine part of the Pacific, to suddenly being caught up in one of the most tactically significant battles between the flexing […]

Soft Baits

By Bruce Duncan Divers who are into fishing will always have a huge advantage over the average fisherman. When you spend so much time underwater looking for your food (eg crayfish) you become more aware of the area’s structure, the types of kelp cover and the amount food there. This will, to a large degree, […]



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Trans-Tasman Team Freediving Competition (T3C)

By Shelley Gurney. From 4–6 August, the AUT Millennium National Aquatic Centre in Auckland, New Zealand hosted the inaugural Trans-Tasman Team Freediving Competition, pitting two Australian teams and two New Zealand teams against each other, along with a club competition running in parallel to allow new competitors the chance to experience competition with top names […]



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Action Oriented Travelers Lift Expectations

Fifteen years ago many people were happy to book a relaxing trip to a Pacific Island resort but today they want more action, says travel&co’s Rob Macready. Now, he says, trips away are becoming much more ‘active relaxes’ with travel packages individually tailored to satisfy bucket list aspirations. “Bespoke travel packages offshore are a growing […]



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Action Oriented Travelers Lift Expectations

Fifteen years ago many people were happy to book a relaxing trip to a Pacific Island resort but today they want more action, says travel&co’s Rob Macready. Now, he says, trips away are becoming much more ‘active relaxes’ with travel packages individually tailored to satisfy bucket list aspirations. “Bespoke travel packages offshore are a growing […]

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Dive Destination New Zealand: Mercury Bay – Coromandel

By Lee Czerniak. Images supplied by Dive Zone Whitianga. Whitianga on Mercury Bay is one of the most popular spots on the Coromandel Peninsular. Doubtless, the Mercury Islands (known for their diving and fishing spots) are part of the allure that calls the diver to visit these waters. The Mercury Islands were named by Captain […]



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Sharpening your Images – Advanced Techniques

By Hans Weichselbaum www.digital-image.co.nz In the last issue we had a look at the Unsharp Mask filter. This is the standard technique for image sharpening and you’ll find this filter in every image editing program. If you shoot in JPEG, you normally don’t need to worry about sharpening. If your images look a bit soft, […]

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Testing the Waters in Wakatobi

By Wayne Osborn, images by Wayne Osborn unless otherwise credited. When I first read the specs on Canon’s new 50.6 MP EOS 5DS R DSLR, I knew it begged to be taken underwater. What better place to put it to the test than Sulawesi’s famed Wakatobi Dive Resort? Disappointment followed Canon’s marketing hype as the […]



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Fiji: In the pursuit of happiness (& dogtooth tuna)

By Clarke Gayford. They call this place ‘the home of happiness’, which is a broad statement, because as we all know, one person’s ‘happiness’ might be another’s idea of ‘hell’. They call this place ‘the home of happiness’, which is a broad statement, because as we all know, one person’s ‘happiness’ might be another’s idea […]

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‘FISH OF THE DAY’ HAS ARRIVED

By Clarke Gayford. Well, it’s been a long time coming, but we’ve done it! Ten stunning episodes, filmed throughout the Pacific by award-winning cinematographer Mike Bhana and hosted by Clarke Gayford. “Oh not another fishing show”, is what most people’s eyes were telling us, even if their lips were saying something different, as my producer […]



Technical Diving/Re-breathers.:More Articles:.

New Zealand’s Gas Cylinder Regulations: Hot Air?

By Franz Ombler. Image by Sami Paakkarinen Apparently we can’t use gas mixes with helium, or with oxygen content less than 21% or higher than 40%. Many of the cylinders our EU and US counterparts use in their technical diving can’t be affordably imported into New Zealand and specific cylinder models have limited permitted uses under […]

Advanced Knowledge Series: Are All Carbon Dioxide Absorbents the same?

By Associate Professor Simon Mitchell, University of Auckland. Introduction and recap This is the fifth in a series of articles appearing in Dive New Zealand with the aim of enhancing knowledge of selected practically important issues in diving physiology and medicine. In the first article we discussed how carbon dioxide (CO2) is produced in the […]



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Leigh Bishop takes us on a deep-wreck dive to Britannic

It’s amazing – really amazing! Just when you think the magazine has just about published all the stories that a diver could experience in a lifetime, something else pops up and bowls you over! When we published the magazine’s first edition Dec/Jan 1991, the term ‘tech diving’ was not a term divers used. Open circuit […]

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The Million Dollar Dive

  By Leigh Bishop. Images by Leigh Bishop, Richard Stevenson and Richie Kohler. For a team of technical divers, modern technology brings with it a new concept of deep exploration. During its centenary year the iconic deep wreck Britannic sees a new breed of human technology, and possibly the single greatest ever wreck dive! The […]