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“If you can’t call for help, we can’t rescue you” - Safer Boating Week’s important new message
New Zealand’s national Safer Boating Week (October 13-20) starts Friday with an important new message for boaties: If you can’t call for help, we can’t rescue you.

“We face the same challenges” - global search and rescue leaders meet in Wellington
Search and rescue (SAR) leaders from 22 countries meet in Wellington this week to build ties and discuss how they work together.

5000 ring-fenced - only two months to go
Maritime NZ is saving up to 200 ‘tickets’ each week as the 1 September deadline for ring-fencing approaches. More than 5000 seafarers have ring-fenced their older and legacy certificates so they can keep using them to work.

7200 save their seafarer “tickets‘
More than 7200 seafarers opted to save their legacy seafarer certificates, registering by the 1 September cut-off for ring-fencing so they can keep working.

Be alert to “dangerous wrecks” and much more!
Maritime NZ will take over responsibility for issuing maritime navigational warnings to countries and vessels in the wider south west Pacific from mid-day today (Friday June 30).

Boating at the long weekend – take care out there
Safer Boating Week (October 13-20) ends today, recreational boating fatalities seem to be decreasing, and Maritime NZ Acting Director, Nigel Clifford, is urging boaties to keep up the good work and take care at the long weekend.

Captain’s alcohol conviction a strong warning: safety is paramount
Maritime NZ’s Northern Regional Manager, Neil Rowarth, said today’s (August 7) alcohol conviction of a cargo ship’s master is a strong warning and reminder to seafarers: “Safety is paramount, if you are over the alcohol limit you will be prosecuted”.

Consultation closes Sunday: Compulsory float-free distress beacons for commercial fishing boats?
Consultation closes Sunday (June 11) 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.

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.

Consultation: Ships in polar waters and other maritime and marine protection rules
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed a new code for ships in polar waters, and made other changes to improve safety of ships, crew, and the environment.

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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Missing Nelson woman found safe and well
An elderly woman who was missing in Nelson has been found safe and well.Vera Jackson, who is in her 90s, was found by a member of the public this evening and has been taken back to her rest home. Jackson was reported missing after...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 23:09:55 +1200

Man hit by brick thrown from moving car after league semifinal
A rugby league fan has been hit by a brick thrown from a moving car after Tonga's semifinal loss to England.Michael Boggs was walking along Walls Rd in Penrose with his wife, after tonight's match at Mt Smart Stadium, when half...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 23:01:26 +1200

Missing Canterbury man's yacht found abandoned
A search operation has begun for a missing 66-year-old man whose boat was found abandoned.Police say they are concerned for the safety of George Agnew, of Canterbury, who was reported missing this morning by his family after failing...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 21:23:38 +1200

Police searching for elderly woman missing from Nelson retirement village
Police are concerned for the safety of an elderly woman who has gone missing from a retirement village in Nelson.Vera Jackson, who is in her 90s, left the Wood Retirement Village on Milton St at about 3pm today.Police are undertaking...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 21:13:27 +1200

Hamilton Lotto player scores $4 million
A lucky Hamiltonian will be jumping for joy after scooping $4 million in tonight's Lotto draw.The total prize of $4.25 million is made up of $4 million from Powerball First Division and $250,000 from Lotto First Division.The winning...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 20:55:34 +1200

Police on alert for trouble after league semifinal
A strong police presence has taken to the streets around the Otahuhu town centre after Tonga's controversial League World Cup semifinal loss to England.Tonga's cup dream is over after they lost their semi 20-18 to England in front...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 20:20:48 +1200

Man rescued from Auckland gym's spa
A man has been pulled from a central Auckland spa after losing consciousness this afternoon.Emergency services were called to Next Gen Auckland Domain in Parnell shortly after 5pm.It's understood that a 28-year-old man has since...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 17:30:49 +1200

Shocked town pleads for woman's attacker to surrender
A councillor for a small community rocked by a "disturbing" homicide has issued a warning to the perpetrators: "Give yourselves up before the police come and get you." More than six months after the death of 58-year-old Roma Joseph,...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 16:29:37 +1200

Two cyclists airlifted from Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park
Two men - one with a neck injury - have been airlifted to hospital after falling from their bikes in two separate incidents in the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, near Motueka.The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was called...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 15:46:19 +1200

Car crashes into restaurant in Mount Eden
Diners outside an Auckland restaurant had a lucky escape after a car lost control and crashed into its outdoor seating area. Multiple calls were made by witnesses to emergency services at 3.20pm on Saturday after a car collided...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 15:45:27 +1200

Tonga supporters urge heroes on to Rugby League World Cup semi win
We've seen it all month – the red and white flags of the tiny Pacific Island nation of Tonga flying proudly out of car windows and on street corners.It appears they've all descended on south Auckland today as the red-hot Tongan...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 15:20:18 +1200

Woman crushed by farm equipment 'incredibly stoic'
A woman crushed by a one-tonne piece of farming equipment was "incredibly stoic and brave" an attending paramedic says. The woman, believed to be in her 40s, sustained serious injuries after being crushed under an irrigation tool...

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 14:59:55 +1200