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"There is little better than a day out on the water. Whether it's a gentle sail, a blast up the coast, lines over the side, a dive to explore the bottom, or a get together with mates....

...there is little worse than finding yourself in trouble in that patch of paradise, wishing that you knew more, or that your family or crew could get you and your boat safely back to shore if ever they had to."

Coastguard looks out for the safety of every person who goes to sea off our coast or enjoys any of the region's harbours, or beaches.


Posted by Mark Presling

Coastguard Mana helped coordinate the recent major search for a missing female diver who failed to surface near Boom Rock, a couple of miles north of Makara, Saturday 8 December.

The private dive trip of four friends ended in tragedy when the body of Ms Jacqueline Michelle Ngapera, 37, a mother of three, was found 24 hours after she went missing.

Posted by Mark Presling

"The desirability of comeuppance"

New Zealand’s favourite irreverent public speaker takes a swing at himself and others for the Mana Coastguard.

A hilarious fund raising speech and gala auction to raise whatever’s required to equip the Coastguard with an IRB tow vehicle.


Tickets $100 - The cheapest side‐splitting night in NZ.

Low ‘club’ bar prices apply on the night


(See PDF attachment below)



Posted by Mark Presling

We will be on display with CRV Pelorus at Hampton Hill Primary School's Gala Day on Saturday 15 September. Please come and say 'Hi' and have a climb on the boat. We will also have information and examples of safety equipment on display and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have for us.

Read on for details...

Posted by Mark Presling

As Tulo Tuala clung to the side of an inflatable boat bailing in darkness, his thoughts turned to his brother who was lost at sea and never returned.


Believing he would suffer the same fate, he said, it was like seeing God when rescuers plucked him and his friend from their 2.5 metre boat about 9am yesterday.

Posted by Mark Presling

(Budget reaction)
Friday, 18 May 2007, 1:24 pm

Press Release from Coastguard New Zealand: Government not interested in keeping Coastguard Afloat

Posted by Mark Presling


Here is a copy of the speech by Winnie Laban, MP for Mana and Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, for the official launch of CRV Pelorus on Sunday 25 March 2007.



16 Jan 2007
Posted by Mark Presling

Ginger Gibbs, well known Auckland mariner, was a man who didn't appear to learn from hardship. After swearing he'd never do it again after achieving the record last year for the run between the Sydney and Auckland harbour bridges, he and his crew had planned another bone crunching challenge.

Fate struck Ginger a final blow on the morning of January 17th, when he suffered a fatal heart attack. His crew though, have determined to continue the challenge in Ginger's honour.

Posted by Mark Presling

04 December 2006

By Lane Nichols (Dominion Post

A "gutted" Papakowhai boatie is heartbroken after his $300,000 launch ran aground and sank during a fishing trip southwest of Pukerua Bay, Wellington.

Boatie seeks help

23 Oct 2006
Posted by Mark Presling

The Dominion Post. Monday, October 23, 2006

Mana Coastguard was called to help tow a stranded boatie at 5.45pm yesterday after the seven-metre launch Astrolab experienced engine problems just north of Mana Island.

Posted by Mark Presling

NZ Police News Release

11:40pm 18 October 2006

Search and Rescue specialists have found a man safe and well after he went missing on his boat while diving with a friend off Titahi Bay.

Sergeant Jo Holden, Wellington Police Search and Rescue, said the alarm was raised after one of the men surfaced at 6.30pm from his second dive for kina to find that his friend and their 14ft fibreglass boat had disappeared.

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