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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 New Zealand celebrated the organisation’s heroes over the weekend by announcing the recipients of its national awards.

Coastguard New Zealand CEO Bruce Reid said the Annual Conference which ran from the 12th to 14th of September, was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the organisation and the bravery of its personnel.

Posted by Mark Presling

Chris and Chris: Chris Seaton and Chris HenshawChris and Chris: Chris Seaton and Chris Henshaw

Posted by Mark Presling

Mana Coastguard would like to personally thank the local boaties for their support during the search for the missing diver in the weekend (8 December). Special thanks go to Steve Voullaire of Mark Time and the boys from Florin who dropped what they were doing and provided their vessels to ferry out the Police Dive Squad and a relief Mana Coastguard crew to the search area.

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.

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