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‘No excuses’ fines for no lifejackets and speeding start
A trial “no excuses” policy for recreational boaties not carrying or wearing lifejackets and those who speed on the water is getting underway.

Antarctic medical evacuation underway
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is co-ordinating the urgent medevac of a 66-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffered a suspected stroke on the cruise vessel, MV Ortelius, in Antarctic waters early on Monday morning.

Care needed on the water these holidays
Maritime NZ is reminding boaties to take care on the water with two fatalities reported in the official holiday period to 6am yesterday.

Consultation: Compulsory float-free distress beacons for commercial fishing boats?
Consultation begins tomorrow (April 13) on changes to six maritime rules, including one that would make automatic float-free emergency position indicating radio beacons, EPIRB distress beacons, compulsory for more commercial fishing boats.

Cruise ship comes to rescue of six fishermen
The crew of a cruise ship saved six men from a Tongan fishing boat this afternoon, who had not had water for three days.

Damaged yacht nears landfall
The skipper of a French racing yacht, that collided with a floating object on Sunday afternoon during the Vendee Globe race, is close to making landfall in New Zealand.

Excellent lifejacket compliance – keep it up at Easter
Initial results from a new national on-the-water survey show 96 percent of boaties are following the lifejacket rules, and the Director of Maritime NZ, Keith Manch, is urging boaties to keep up the good work at Easter.

Fisherman waving his paddles from life-raft
A man has been found in the middle of the Pacific Ocean waving his paddles from a life-raft, in a search coordinated by the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand.

French yacht heading for Bluff
The skipper of a French racing yacht, that collided with a floating object on Sunday afternoon during the Vendee Globe race, is making good progress toward Bluff.

Health and safety patrol visits mussel barges
Maritime NZ teamed with the Maritime Police to conduct health and safety inspections of the high-risk mussel barge sector in the Coromandel and Firth of Thames recently.

Aotearoa aka New Zealand

Flag and map from Wikipedia.

New Zealand was my home after a 6-week sea voyage from the United Kingdom on the British ship named the Southern Cross when I was 6. We left New Zealand 33 months after arriving, on October 1st, 1960. My first trip by airplane: from Gisborne to Auckland. Where we boarded a boat to Australia, and were fared well by Maori singers and dancers.

New Zealand is a conquered country with a population of 4.4 million, and an awareness that the inhabitants coexist with the Maoris, who came from Polynesia, after migration from Australia. The Southern Cross is a constellation on the flag that can only be seen in the southern hemisphere.

For 3 years my family and I lived on the stop of a hill in house in the grounds of a self-sufficient hospital with fruit and vegetable gardens and its own power generation, on a town on the east coast of the north island of New Zealand, in Gisborne and went to Mangapapa School.

Mangapapa School was later destroyed in an earthquake, and rebuilt differently. Cook Hospital was torn down, perhaps it was also damaged in that earthquake, and luxury houses built on the grounds.

Dr Michael was the hospital pathologist; the only neuropathologist in the whole of New Zealand. Dr Patience took care of us,  gave birth to the last of us, and had a break from paid medical work.

For me, New Zealand was tuis singing in trees, kumera and Chinese gooseberries for dinner, and pohutukawa bushes near the peach trees.

Paradise indeed, and inhabited by beautiful, exotic people known as Maoris who were allowed to go to school without shoes and sang hauntingly beautiful songs about the country we knew as the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Charles Heathfield Dodgson, my youngest brother (I had 4 brothers) was born in New Zealand. He has a tiki guard the house which he acquired in Sydney, the house that our parents bought when they moved to Australia.

The hemisphere centred on New Zealand
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Lonely Planet highlights Wellington as best destination for beer tourists
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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:27:40 +1200

Tensions high over power play at Horowhenua District Council as deputy mayor Wayne Bishop sacked
The power play at Horowhenua District Council is far from over, with the emotions running high as the deputy mayor was ousted and replaced. Last year councillors voted to remove deputy mayor Ross Campbell, and voted councillor Wayne...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:04:38 +1200

'Hero' Uber driver may have to leave NZ after NZTA investigates working hours during trip
An Uber driver who came to the rescue of a US couple by driving them nine hours to an important meeting, says he could lose his job and have to leave the country. Harpal Kang was nearing the end of his shift when the American couple...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:11:40 +1200

New Zealand still seeking answers from Australia on citizenship changes
Australia does not appear to have considered the impact of its immigration changes on Kiwi expats, Prime Minister Bill English says.Nearly a week since Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced tighter citizenship requirements,...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:57:39 +1200

Body found by fisherman in Manukau Heads
A body has been found in Wattle Bay, Manukau Heads, police say.The body was found by a fisherman and police alerted just after 5pm.Police are still on their way to the scene and it was too early to say if the body was that of...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:05:16 +1200

Why Winston Peters got it wrong: The Herald responds to his attack on our journalists
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters today released a media statement about the Herald's coverage of work visas and the top five source countries for work visas last year. The statement's opening paragraph read: "New Zealand...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:01:11 +1200

Invercargill shooting: Police officer Ben McLean charged with murder
The alleged murder of an Invercargill woman by her police officer husband is the greatest tragedy Mayor Tim Shadbolt has encountered in his 23 years on the job.Constable Benjamin Peter McLean was today charged with the murder of...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:51:05 +1200

After 166 race finishes Auckland's marathon grandma wants to run her way around the world
Grandmother Charlotte Nasey wants to run a marathon on every continent.The Aucklander, 66, began marathon running in 1998 when her friend and university professor decided to run a marathon on her birthday.They joked about the...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:43:55 +1200

Cooking the Books podcast - is debt ever a good idea?
Each week, the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking The Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's different types of debt, and what to do about the bad kind. Hosted by Frances Cook. We're a nation with a...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +1200

Male injured in quad bike accident
The rescue helicopter was today called to a farm near Porangahau for a male in his 60's, who had been involved in a quad bike accident on a steep hill. It's understood he sustained suspected hip and pelvis injuries, and was treated...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:48:19 +1200

Thieves steal RSA donations in ram raid at Northland petrol station
Thieves have stolen donations to the RSA in a ram raid on a petrol station in Northland.GAS Paparoa assistant manager Amandeep Singh says a car with four people inside ploughed into the building early this morning.He says two...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:44:39 +1200

Rotorua to get 117 more state houses
Plans have been revealed for 117 more social and transitional houses to be set up in Rotorua over the next three years - a mix of new builds and newly acquired rental properties.The plan was announced by Associate Housing Minister...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:40:48 +1200