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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.

‘No Excuses’ for Wellington boaties
Wellington’s ‘No Excuses’ team is on the harbour checking boaties’ speed and lifejackets as part of the nationwide campaign.

‘No excuses’ campaign for no lifejackets and speed
Tomorrow, Maritime NZ and nine councils will be starting a “No excuses” campaign for recreational boaties not carrying or wearing lifejackets and those who speed on the water.

19 recreational boaties die so far in 2017
So far this year 19 people have died in recreational boating accidents, and Maritime NZ does not want that number to increase over the Christmas holidays.

5000 ring-fenced - only two months to go
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7200 save their seafarer “tickets‘
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Auckland joins “No Excuses” campaign for no lifejackets and speed
Auckland Harbourmaster staff have had an already busy start to summer monitoring recreational boating and compliance on the water, and are now enjoying the opportunity to work with Maritime NZ on the “No Excuses” campaign.

Australian and US aircraft join search for Kiribati ferry
Aircraft from Australia and the US Coast Guard will join the search for the missing Kiribati ferry MV Butiraoi that had an estimated 50 people on-board.

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).

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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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:45:39 +1200

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:25:03 +1200

Fourteen firearms, drugs, and motorbike gear recovered during police raid
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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:05:42 +1200

Billion trees to cost $180 million: Shane Jones
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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:04:23 +1200

Russell McVeagh launches independent review of sexual harassment allegations
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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:48:23 +1200

School's out, Harry Potter's in as Brunswick goes two days without power
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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:00:56 +1200

Political Roundup: How corruption-free is New Zealand?
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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:59:05 +1200

Northland Exclusive Brethren member Russell Stewart sentenced over road deaths
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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:39:28 +1200

Man in court after Ahipara armed police incident
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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:44:14 +1200

Corrections on 'disaster' footing as ballooning inmate numbers drove creation of a mega prison
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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:42:09 +1200

Local Focus: Ōpōtiki initiative teaching kids to bike safe
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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:29:57 +1200

MP Golriz Ghahraman says handshake refusal 'not a sign of disrespect'
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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:08 +1200