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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 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
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Cruise ship comes to rescue of six fishermen
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Dramatic search and ‘rescue’ in Auckland Harbour
A dramatic search and rescue demonstration will take place on Auckland Harbour from 2.30 pm tomorrow (Wednesday), involving a US Coast Guard plane, a rescue helicopter winching people from the water and flares.

Emergency details needed for rescue beacons
Search and rescue helicopter crews had only a signal location for each incident when responding to two separate rescue beacon alerts from South Island mountains yesterday afternoon.

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.

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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Plans to trial drones for medical deliveries
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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:30:18 +1200

School kids' haka for Peter Burling and Team NZ
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Miramar tyre slasher's prison sentence quashed after appealing
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Burger-gate over - bureaucrats burned to a crisp over new rules
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