Tag Archives: New Zealand

Rita Winning 2012 Photo of the Year for BSAC NZ

Slightly belatedly, congratulations to Rita for winning the 2012 Photo of the Year competition for the BSAC NZ club. Despite having had her Canon G11 and housing for 2 years, she’d never got around to taking it underwater, instead she’d … Continue reading

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Neil and the Homicidal Seal

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago. OK so last weekend in Northland wasn’t that … Continue reading

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Diver Dies of Heart Attack at Poor Knights

An American has sadly died over the weekend while diving at the Poor Knights. He was apparently 55 years old and an experienced diver who had been taking underwater photographs. As he was swimming back to the boat crew members … Continue reading

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Russian Tourist Dies Diving Marlborough Sounds

There are reports that a 58 year old Russian woman who was travelling as part of a group to do a dive on the wreck of the Mikhail Lermontov has died. It appears that she collapsed on the dive boat … Continue reading

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Great White Found Diving to 1200 metres

New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric  Research (NIWA), has been tagging great white sharks around Stewart and Chatham islands for the last 5 years. So far they have tagged 25 with tags that stay on for 6 – … Continue reading

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Whitiangi divers hassled by bronze whaler

Two cousins, diving at the Twins near Whitiangi in the North Island of New Zealand, were hassled by a 2 metre bronze whaler on Monday (15 Feb) afternoon. They were about 10 metres from their boat when the shark approached … Continue reading

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Pilot whales beached in NZ

According to the New Zealand Herald, 63 pilot whales beached themselves at Colville Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula on Sunday.  Department of Conservation workers and hundreds of volunteers managed to get around 2/3rds of them back out to sea, but … Continue reading

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NZ diver almost drowns in weed

When we think of entanglement hazards in Hong Kong, we’re normally thinking about fishing nets, but a diver in Wellington got trapped in weeds at Owhiro Bay earlier today. He’s now in a serious condition in Wellington hospital. There is … Continue reading

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NZ: Fox Glacier to Charleston

Tue 25 Nov:  We were up quite early and checked in with Fox Glacier Guiding about the glacier hike we’d got planned. As expected, it was off, partly because of the incessant rain, but mainly because the access road to … Continue reading

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NZ Swimmer rescued from dolphin

Dolphins are normally cast as the good guys, maybe it’s the perpetually smiling face that helps.  And while they are undoubtedly inquisitive and often seem friendly, we shouldn’t forget that they are wild animals. Earlier this week in New Zealand … Continue reading

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Auckland diving accident

A 50 year old man has died off the coast of Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf. He was diving with family and friends when he failed to surface as expected. He was later found on the sea bed, … Continue reading

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Diver’s memorial missing

Last month the New Zealand Herald reported a rather sad story about a missing memorial plaque.  In August 1979 John Barrie Catton was diving a reef north of the Northern Arch in the Poor Knights with two friends when he … Continue reading

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