Dolphin Underwater & Adventure
February 2010 Newsletter
Wed. 10 th February
Coming Trips & Events
News & Views
Club’s Mail Address:
14 Gails Drive
Ph/Fax: 09 473 8069
Mob: 0274 839 839
Venue: The Club Rooms
Northcote Rd Ext’n,
Lake Pupuke, Takapuna
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 2009/2010
President Martin Brett 418 2332 email@example.com
Vice-President Steve Boundford 476 9286 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary/Treas Margaret Howard 473 8069 Ph/Fax email@example.com
Susan Boundford 476 9286 firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor Denis Adams 444 0501 email@example.com
Ed. Mobile Denis Adams 0275 970 922
Web Site John Freeman 478 4958 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Boundford 476 9286 email@example.com
Dive Trips Officer Bruce Nixon 478 7186 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Dobbie 479 8334 email@example.com
Adventure Trips Martin Saggers 410 2363 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Boundford 476 9286 email@example.com
Committee Tom Butler 624 3505 firstname.lastname@example.org
Honorary Dive Instructor Kevin Hodgson 442 4148 email@example.com
Life & Honorary Members
Barry Barnes – Life Peter & Margaret Howard – Life Brian Horton – Life
Reg Lawson - Life Roberto Tonei – Life Dave Quinlan – Life
Graham Thumah – Honorary Tony & Jenny Enderby - Honorary Eileen Slark – Honorary
Cover Page Photo: Trish about to fish while waiting for the Scuba divers to return
Dolphin UAC Trips & Events Coming Up
10 th February - Wednesday – Dive Club Meeting – Club Rooms – Northcote Road Extension – 7.30pm –
10 th March – Wednesday - Dive Club Meeting – Club Rooms – Northcote Road Extension – 7.30pm –
Guest Speaker - Rex Gilbert – NZUA’s Accident Recorder
Club clothing ; There have been quite a few asking about Club Clothing. If you would like to purchase the
clothing, your size, colour etc. (polo shirt, T-shirt, polar fleece) or have an item already (not too old or worn) you
would like it embroided with the Club Logo, bring it along to the next meeting or get it to me and I will arrange
the Club logo for you. Not sure of the cost yet, it will depend of how many items – ring me if you would like more
details. Margaret 09 473 8069.
Other trips Bruce will book if you are interested in any of the following:-
Once the weather starts to improve and warm up Bruce will have a few more dive trips to add – or if you would like to
organize an event or a dive give him a ring & we can add it into our schedule.
Matauri Bay – diving the Rainbow Warrior – with Northland Dive.
Twin Wreck dive out from Tutukaka – Diving the Tui and Waikato
Diving the Mokohinau Islands.
Alderman Islands Weekend trip on “Taranui” with skipper Jim Hope. Contact Bruce – 478 7186
Our Club’s Trip Rules
A. Bookings allowed on all trips.
B. A deposit or full payment to be made at time of booking.
C. Full payment MUST be paid at least two weeks before departure date.
D. Trips Officer to handle trips & bookings, & Treasurer to handle finances. Cancellations due to
weather will be refunded in full, or transferred to another trip.
E. Members cancelling for any reason will lose full monies unless they find a replacement for their
position on the trip.
F The trips Officer will determine if there are enough people to run a trip & if not will notify
cancellation two weeks prior to departure.
Non-Members & non-financial members will be charged an extra $10 on trips.
Two trips & club membership is a must.
Please send Club Fees to Margaret Howard, 14 Gails Drive, Okura, RD2, Albany
Or Internet bank to 06 0122 0074227 00 & don’t forget your name.
Family Membership $55 – Single $45 – Junior $30 – Social $30
If members need to hire or buy any new gear Kevin Hodgson (our Hon Dive Instructor) from
Performance Dive, have offered the Club great discounted rates, email him on
Kevin@performancediver.co.nz or give him a ring on 09 489 7782.
Dive Travel 2010
Who is interested in going diving in Western Samoa or Tonga?
Let’s either help out with their economy in Samoa & at the same time enjoy ourselves or do we wait a year & try
Vavau in Tonga first. A couple of options.
The thinking about it should be done by now & we will get better deals by booking early.
Try looking up this web site www.tripadvisor.com & look at the reports of the various places to stay & visit.
If we generate a trip list of those interested we can then start looking.
The New Year has arrived & we now need potential numbers to put a plan into action.
Trish & I will also be looking at getting some dive time in Brisbane mid-May. Hopefully the Inner & Outer
Gneerings & maybe HMAS Brisbane off Mooloolaba, if anyone wants to join in? Let’s know.
Well done Brian – 13lbs at Great Barrier Island.
And two Club members up to mischief!
Next months (March) meeting we will have Rex Gilbert as our guest speaker. Rex is NZUA’s Accident
Recorder, so I’m sure he will have some interesting points of interest to tell us plus I believe he’s recently
been diving overseas, but you’ll have to come along to find out where!
Some of us did get wet over the holiday period even if only briefly. Day one, 1 x smoker sized Kingfish – but it
did feed eight people several times. Then !%$#*&^ bronchitis on holiday – no diving. Still took out a friend
fishing one day then Garry & Tom the next (thanks for getting the seafood you two). Then retired from all
Hauling Ass over the Heaphy.
Kate, "Why don't we do the Heaphy Track over New Year".
Me "Done it already."
Kate "Well I haven't so I'm doing it."
So with bricks and mortar in her pack she set to train for this longest of the Great Walks, 82km. Two nieces
and a sister in law showed signs of interest, so it was duly booked with me down as the donkey (or ass).
After a fantastic time with Angela and Stu in Nelson, (I was sleeping with "Dolly" for two days) I caught up
with the rest of the party at Collingwood and we sorted out the kai for the 4 day torture.
Me "We are not taking any of this tinned food!"
Them "Why we like fruit salad?
Me "Co's it ain't going in my pack and we haven't got ice cream.
Liz "I'll take it"
Me "No problem".
First night Browns Hut, - you drive to this one (my kind of tramping). After breakfast (fruit salad) we headed
off up to Perry Saddle ( I needed one with a horse under it), 5hrs away. As was the norm Joss and Fiona
streaked fully clothed, ahead, beating us "Olds" by an hour or more. "We're taking in the scenery, flora and
What's that? "Never mind". The wind was truly howling on this leg and if you closed your eyes you would
swear it was surf pounding on a beach. It's a slow gentle climb with great scenery. As you can imagine this
time of year the huts are busy, mornings are best described as organised chaos. Most trampers were Kiwis
and professional people so I was in good company.
Me "You sleep up there Liz".
Liz "No way, I'm not sleeping with a stranger."
Me "He might not be strange".
That was all sorted by the next hut. The track is well formed and every day the scenery and fauna is so
different. Heavy rain warnings were forecast which never arrived till the Mackay/Heaphy leg and boy did it
come down. About an hour from the Heaphy Hut the track became a river and like drowned rats we
cautiously waded through up to our waists in places. We finally arrived at the Heaphy Hut, The ranger
commenting that it was the worst she'd seen. I wasn't sure whether she was talking about us or the track. We
were lucky that Kate's brother met us at the last hut and drove us to Christchurch as it can be a logistical
nightmare. A Great Walk it is. Martin S.
An Open invite to all club members
I am a committee member for the Mount Maunganui Underwater Club and like most clubs, we have
problems filling trips and getting people diving. I wanted to contact you all to see if you want to have some
sort of common contact email list or perhaps even a dive exchange programme where we could visit each
others home grounds for dive trips? Given Tauranga is close to many clubs in the North Island so we even
though about having some trips where would allocate visitor spaces?
Our dive club has many different members, wreck divers, photographers, spearos, cray hunters and just plain
divers. So trying to please everyone at the same time is difficult. We haven't been on many away trips
recently, however our trip out to Gannet Island from Kawhia ( near Raglan ) was a great trip and very
We dive out of the BOP for most of our trips, heading round the outer reefs and pinnacles ( Astrolabe,
Penguin Shoals ), then out to Mayor and round motiti. We have some great wrecks, the Taioma, Taupo and
San Benito. We were heading to White Island today but called off due to weather!
Our club boat is privately owned and its a superb 15m Cat. We are very lucky to have her and get to dive off
her for a very reasonable price. Have a look at http://www.mantracharters.co.nz/?pgRq=showDoc&item=1.
So, maybe I can kick things off. We are running a weekend trip to Mayor Island, we will be staying in the
DOC huts on the island and doing all our own cooking there.
Rough Plan Below approx 6 dives for the trip. Charter, Fills, Food, Accommodation, Landing Fees approx
300$. We have are taking 12 people out and have 4-6 spaces (TBC) at the moment.
Rough Plan Below approx 6 dives for the trip.
Depart 15:00 - Dive Penguin Shoals then Night dive at SE Bay
AM - Tramp/Relax/Kayak
PM - Tuhua Reef and 2 Fathom Reef
Pinnacle & Pudney Rock on Way in
Please get in touch if you are interested in the above trip, organising hosting us as a club or us hosting you, or
just exchanging ideas via email groups?
You can have a look at some of my pictures at www.shanewasik.com
Safe Diving Cheers
I shared your e-mail at our recent South Taranaki Underwater club meeting. While our Club is still relatively
strong we also encounter similar problems.
Our Committee is always keen to organize trips, but know that on most occasions it's only committee
members that take up the challenge. The membership also has a similar make up to your own.
We would be very keen to become part of a e-mail group forum that is able to share ideas and take part in
other clubs trips. I know from experience that this sort of forum is helpful in business programs and would
think it will work equally well for clubs such as our own. There are a couple of members that have shown an
interest in the planed Mayor Island trip, hopefully you will hear from them.
Many of our members have their own boats, as trips in this area are of the day type; we have no offshore
Islands (unless you count the South Island) like the lucky people in your area.
Richard Guy. Secretary STUC
We have also experienced similar problems, and would strongly support better communication and closer
collaboration between dive clubs, to facilitate diving for our respective members throughout the country and
on overseas trips. We also believe that we could exert more of an influence on NZUA to simplify the
regulations covering club boats etc, to avoid excessive costs to clubs and members.
We would encourage contact from other clubs and their members if wishing to dive the Upper NI, or to meet
us socially, at say our monthly meetings held at 7pm on 1 st Monday of each month in the Cock & Bull,
Botany Downs. Also, check out our website, address below, which we hope to improve this coming year.
This may be an opportunity to share expertise between clubs in for example website design, hosting, and
communication with members. Likewise, boats, engines, dive equipment etc.
Just a few thoughts and we would welcome your feedback.
Julian Waters. President Botany Bottom Scratchers Dive Club
Our trip to Rarotonga.
Forced to take such a long summer break, Sue and I decided to pass some time with the usual dose of festive
self indulgence and book a trip to Raro’ and Aitutaki.
We left on Dec 24 th for 8 days and enjoyed Christmas in the air on the way there and New Years in the air on
the way back. Nice to get free drink on both occasions, it’s not often that happens! Aitutaki was the middle
three days, we had lots planned but by the time we got there we had settled into the calm, relaxed way of the
Islands and did absolutely buggar all.
Back in Raro’, we did manage to drag ourselves out of the air conditioning for a couple of dives with ‘The
Dive Centre Ltd’ run by Sabine and Sascha. The currency over there is all NZ$ and two dives was around
$150. There are only a couple of places on Raro’ where you can get through the reef, the dive shop is
situated in the south west but because it was quite windy, we dived on the north east of the island on a pretty
large reef which unfortunately was largely destroyed by cyclones in 2005.
As you can see from this three year old chain the reef is coming back with a vengeance. The water was a
fantastic 28 0 and we had about 20m vis. Lots of fish and coral, a couple of great dives.
All the gear was supplied and the dives were guided. We took our own fins and boots...Because I hate shoe
fins, but we could have managed. The operation was pretty slick with two guys in the boat to help you with
your gear, so on the whole I would recommend this company.
Rarotonga itself was worth every penny, we had a great time being taught local dances, drum medleys and
the snorkelling was fantastic......Apart from the Reef Triggerfish that actually thought the beach was his. I
also won money on the hermit crab races! Sue & Steve.
Welcome to the New Year! The team at Performance Diver
I hope you are having a great time diving. If you are starting to make plans for diving over winter look no
further, how does diving in the tropical waters of Savaii sound? Performance Diver is pleased to offer a
fantastic trip to Samoa 30 th July – 8 th August. On arrival in Samoa the group will head to the ferry and make
their way to Savaii to soak up the true “Island Life”, there is nothing better than having a relaxing time and
only having to worry about if the water visibility is 25m or 30+. The package includes flights,
accommodation, breakfasts, 10 dives + 1 night dive and ferry transfers.
THIS TRIP IS LIMITED TO 8 PEOPLE AND IS FILLING FAST.
$500 DEPOSIT GAURANTEES YOU PLACE ON THE TRIP
Cost of the trip is $2495 this includes:
Return airfare departing Friday 30 th July – Arriving Saturday 7 th August.
Ferry transfer to Savaii.
7 nights accommodation with breakfast included.
10 dives and 1 night dive.
Not included in the trip:
Departure Tax leaving Samoa.
Minimum of $500 non-refundable deposit will assure your place
Trip is limited to a maximum of 8 people.