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Issue 38A big thank you to the organisers of the Xmas lunch at Dacre Cottage.The sight of 85 kayaks arriving, nesting and leaving was thrilling. The magnificent lunchwas enjoyed by close to 200 adults and children.Thanks to the huge team of supporters that made the day great.Phillip MorrowFront cover photo: Mirrem BrockiesPhoto by: Peter TownendThe Unclaimed Coast Adventure Philosophy’sSouth Georgian Odyssey - Chapter Four 8Kayaking the Able Tasman 14Triple Waikato Lake Tipple 16Pokaiwhenua Trip 17Paddle Strokes 18Team KIWI in the USA 21Unexpected Discovery 22New Edition in store this Christmas 22Mohaka story 23The Green Prescription: The WhanganuiRiver Tonic 24Hamilton’s 7 Bridges River Race 28Canoe & Kayak Rodney Coast Challenge 29Surf skis 30Destination - Taupo activity - kayakingAim - LOADS OF FUN 32Coast to Coast – In The Beginning 34Naki report 36Long Lining from a kayak 38Shark Encounter… 40Directory: Things to do 43NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide 45


EDITOR:Peter TownendPh: [09] 473 0036 Fax [09] 473 0794Email: pete@canoeandkayak.co.nzDESIGN & PRODUCTION:Breakthrough CommunicationsPO Box 108050 Symonds St,AucklandPh: [09] 303 3536 • Fax [09] 303 0086Email: kayak@graphics.co.nzWebsite: www.graphics.co.nzPUBLISHER:Kayak NZ Magazine is published six timesper year by Canoe & Kayak Ltd.7/28 Anvil Road, Silverdale, AucklandPRINTING: Brebner PrintDISTRIBUTION: IMDSUBSCRIPTIONS:New Zealand – 6 Issues = $30Overseas – 6 Issues = $50Payment to:Canoe and Kayak Ltd,7/28 Anvil Road, Silverdale, AucklandPh [09] 421 0662 • Fax [09] 421 0663Overseas subscribers can make payment viacredit card number on subscription form.CONTRIBUTORS: We welcome contributors’articles and photos.• Text should be submitted on disk oremailed as a Word text file.• Photos should be emailed or put on CD asa high resolution (300 dpi) jpg at full sizeaccompanied by captions. Prints should becaptioned on the reverse and numberedand listed in text.• All care will be taken to safeguard andreturn material.• No responsibility is accepted for submittedmaterial.• Material published in the magazine mustnot be reproduced without permission.• Refer to www.canoeandkayak.co.nz.NZ Kayak magazine ‘Contributors’Guidelines’ for more details.Copyright: The opinions expressed bycontributors and the information stated inadvertisements/articles are not necessarilyagreed by the editors or publisher of NewZealand Kayak Magazine.ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO:Peter TownendEmail: pete@canoeandkayak.co.nzNew Zealand Kayak MagazineSubscribe a friend to the Kayak NZ MagazineSubscription Form• 6 issues for $30, saving nearly $6 off the news-stand price,delivered free.Name:Email:Address:Phone:Card No:Cheque Visa MastercardSignatureMerry ChristmasThe battle rages in my head of all the things todo, A Xmas party at Dacre Cottage to organise,the Magazine to finish, a forrest to save, a triparound Lake Taupo with 20 plus kids, not tomention four family birthdays and Xmas comingup, soccer coaching, netball and the planet iswarming up and I am getting cold sitting in myoffice. Where is the heater? The job of a dad,husband and worker is one heck of a juggle ehguys. Yes all you mums out there we know yourlot is the same, we are all busy people and it isgreat that life is full.What do you do to relax? For me it is thinkingof heading out tomorrow to Dacre Cottage andworking with the crew on fixing up something,be it the water tanks or the lawns to mow. Thentaking the kayak out to the new secret spot andcatching a meal of fresh snapper. Whatever yourrelax button maybe it is time to plan to do it thisXmas holidays, then with a little bit of planning,it will happen. Xmas for our family this year isspending as many days as possible at the beachdoing very little except please ourselves. A niceidea, as what will actually happen is that the kidswill want to do this and that. Dad and Mum will✄Expiry date:Send form to Kayak NZ Magazine. PO Box 100 493, NSMC, Auckland.Or phone [09] 421 0662 Fax [09] 421 0663email: pete@canoeandkayak.co.nzprovide the oversight or horse power to allowa lot of these things to happen. So soccer balls,mini golf sets, cards, chess sets, kayaks, surfboards, buckets and spades, rifles for hunting,marshmellows for roasting, will all be packedand transferred to the beach in an endeavourto keep everyone busy and happy. Aren’t we afunny lot, the aim was to go away, do our ownthing in order to get a rest from being busyand we end up planning to be busy to makea great holiday. I suppoose when you look atit, happiness is being busy.What you might ask has this to do withkayaking? I don’t really know except it isone of my most enjoyable ways of beingbusy and consequently it gives me a heapof happiness.Enjoy your Xmas and the time in between thegames and adventures with your mates andyour trusty kayak to sit back on a desertedbeach and read some other busy people’sadventures in this issue.Merry XmasPeter TownendGreat Stuff Safety Flag• Very easy to remove• Simply plugs into a rod holder• If lost overboard it floats• Flexible plastic base and fibreglass shaftBeing seen has never been easierAvailable at all good Kayak storesIncludes Safety Flag & Rod Holderemail: greatstuff@woosh.co.nzI S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


Book ReviewA manual for Sea Kayaking in New Zealand.The KASK Handbook 4th editionProduced by the Kiwi Association of Sea KayakersAffectionately dubbed ‘The little red book’, this extensive encyclopaedicreference was first published in 1996 and as Peter Sullivan, who undertook theediting and layout work of that edition said, the book is a “Living Work”.It grows, evolves, and multiplies. It is now 204 pages, and has progressed froma plastic comb-bound ‘office report’ look to a BIG, BOLD, BRIGHT, BEAUTIFULBOOK or as some would say, sea kayaking ‘BIBLE’.Visually the book leaps off the shelf – says look at me, buy me, take me home,and devour me. The cover, outside, inside, front and back has tantalising andinspiring colour photos. The contents are well illustrated with photos andline drawings.Hefting the book, it feels good, substantial, but pliable and user friendly. Byrequest the binding method has been retained but is a more upmarket wirespiral and when the book is closed this is covered, giving the book a spine.Another sneaky improvement is the clear plastic pocket at the rear, to popbrochures into.Many chapters have been amended and updated, Customising your SeaKayak and Clothing chapters have been rewritten, and there are totally newones: Rescues, Making a Greenland paddle, Using a GPS Receiver, MarineCommunications, Trip and Expedition planning, First Aid and Medical Kits,Hypothermia and Other Environmental Challenges.Wow, a new comer to the book might exclaim if this is the new or revised stuff,what else does it contain? A glance at the List of Contents reveals that absolutelyeverything is covered – from kayak design to paddle strokes to surf landings, tonight lights, to making a sail, and kayak kookery.After the sections on gear, the techniques & skills, the elements, trips &expeditions, there is a section called ‘Places to Go’ which is certain to expandyour horizons and get you going …from Stewart Island to the Hauraki Gulf…somany places to paddle, so little time…And finally, there is the very useful, updated Resource section which listspaddling literature, commercial operators and guides, manufactures, retailers,kayak clubs and networks.Kayak retailers, outdoor pursuit schools, instructors and guides should orderthese by the box load. Retailing at only $35 they are a bargain, an excellentresource or textbook, written by experienced kayakers for both their peers andfor beginner kayakers.So, whether you are just getting into the sport or have logged a 1000 km, dashinto a kayak shop and grab one – they’re easy to spot – they’re big and brightand fire engine RED!Reviewed by Ruth E. Henderson.Bang Bang RescueNew Name see issue 37I have received some very funny and some very rude names for this greatrescue, but as yet we have not found the right name. So email your ideasto me at pete@canoeandkayak.co.nz and be into win.A big “SORRY” from me for missing out the Photographer’s name fromPhil White’s article in the last issue. They were taken by Sue Davidsonof adventurepics.comEditorThe Battle tosave our CoastOur Coastal wilderness areas are disappearing at an alarming rate. Thinkback ten or twenty years and you will remember large areas of undevelopedcoastal land.The holiday communities were few and far between. You could drive thoughvirtually empty bays, farm land or forests and arrive at a quaint seaside resortwith large sections and small baches’s. These areas are being subdivided, theBaches’s replaced with huge homes and little grass. Empty bays are filling withmany homes or one mansion and rural backdrops are pushed further andfurther inland. The paddocks and open areas which used to surround themare now new subdivisions with canals, marinas, swimming pools, tennis courts,shops and all the infrastructure buildings required by a modern community.When does this stop? When we have got a continuous wall of buildings fromone end of the island to the other?What will the population of Auckland be in say 100 years? If the world’s fourfold growth of over the last 100 years applies it will be about six million. Takean existing park like Long Bay and do the same maths. The current maximumusage per day of 37,000 visitors becomes 148,000. With that number you willhave to park at the Auckland Harbour Bridge and walk, or go somewhere else.But where do you go? Shakespeare or Wenderholm in the North or Murawai inthe west or North Head in the South?These other existing options are also approaching capacity and every newsubdivision on the coast takes away the option of new parks for the future.As New Zealanders are we working to benefit future generations? Or are weworking for our own riches and wealth without considering the impact this willhave on our children’s children. We simply must consider what our quest tohave a little piece of our own coastal paradise will have on the bigger pictureof life for the future residents of New Zealand.“So” you say “what do we do about it”?And that is the problem we all get stuck on. Land developer makes quickdecisions and fund them with whatever they need. They are opposed almostexclusively by poorly funded volunteers working in committees. In the middlepoliticians are required to aid progress.This is where you can help. Writing to the editor, council and MP’s will influencethe politicians decision as they see the concern of the public mounting.What is progress?To some Kiwis it is building new houses and 60000 seat stadium, bigger andbigger buildings with better and better views and to hell with the future.But to this Kiwi it is building while keeping what we love about NZ includingbeautiful places to get away from urban city life. We need parks and wildernessenvironments to enjoy New Zealand as it was, is and should be in the future.Peter TownendHi Pete,Have just received my copy of your magazine. Congratuations on thearticles, the pictures are very spectacular, almost makes one homesick.The article you presented on May Day-May day was very informative -Hope to be able to paddle with the Yakity Yak team one day.Kind regards - Ron,Member of the Suncoast Seniors Recreational Kayaking Club I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


Don’t be a TomA cautionary tale by Russell WilliamsTom was inspired. Paul had been nonstop all week about the 5kilo snapperhe had caught off his kayak. Over the usual Friday nights drinks after workTom had decided what Paul could do he could do. He woke to the usualSaturday morning stone mason hammering in his head. Sharon had not beenpleased when he got home but she would be when he brought home freshfish for dinner. He would show them all who was a Good Old Kiwi Bloke.Tom went down to the bottom of the garden and dragged the old kayak outfrom under the pile of rubbish. It had been there when they bought thehouse 6 years earlier. A quick inspection found a hole. This did not deterTom. He was a good Old Kiwi Bloke. Out came the duck tape and he usedthis to patch the hole and also tape up the paddle as it to had seen betterdays. With the kayak on the car and his fishing gear in the back it was offto the beach. Paul had said he had caught the big one just off Brown’s Bayreef, how hard could it be?Brown’s Bay seemed calm, although Tom could see white water out wherea Tanker was entering port and the wind was gusting quite strongly at times.He launched off the beach and immediately fell out of the kayak. This wasnot going to be as easy as he thought. Tom thought, “I better have a littlepractice first before I go too far. I am a Good Old Kiwi Bloke so I must beable to do this”. Back in the kayak, with care this time, out around a buoyand back and “There” he told himself, “that was easy, time to pack up thegear and go fishing”. He had to leave his spare clothes and food behindto allow room for his 6 pack of stubbies. He had also forgotten the old lifejacket hanging up in the garage.All went OK, Tom made it to the reef with only a little difficulty and set uphis line to drift fish just as Paul had described. The wind was much strongerhere. As Tom was exposed more, being out of the shelter of the land andTom soon found himself heading out into the Hauraki Gulf into the whitewater he had seen from shore. Just then a fish took the bait and over hewent. When he surfaced the kayak was being blown quickly away fromhim and the tide was taking him further out into the Gulf. Tom’s body wasfound 2 days later, A Good Dead Kiwi Bloke.Darryl, Tom’s other drinking mate had also been inspired by Paul’s fishingstories. He recognized that he didn’t know anything about kayaking andvisited his local Kayak Centre. He enrolled in a course and learnt how tokayak safely. One month later he caught his first snapper off Brown’s Bay reefand thought about Tom. Darryl would grow to be a Good Old Kiwi Bloke.Thumbs up to DOCTwo storm troopers leapt from their van andrushed our building ... bringing a wheelie bin,disinfectant, information and stickers... Canoeand Kayak Taupo is now an Official DidymoCleaning Station. Great idea - the bin sits in ourdoorway with a ready made up solution to dunkyour paddle gear in. If for some reason youneglected to wash your kit on the riverbank...then you get a second chance to stop by and dunkit in town!! It would be inexcusable not to!!There have been a couple of scares recently thatRock Snot has reached the North Island - what a tragedy it would be hadthat been the case... it wouldn’t be quite the same paddling the Tongariroor the Waikato over a riverbed covered in SNOT!You cannot forget to do your bit... wash your kit on the riverbank. Dry itthoroughly... or your river will look like snot!!For SaleKayak CentresInterested inowning your ownkayak shop?Canoe & Kayak Ltd is ready toopen Licensed Operations inWhangareiand at selectedSouth Island locationsPhone: 09 473 0036Peter TownendManaging Director, Canoe & Kayak Ltdand I’ll be glad to have a chat.All approaches will be dealt with in confidence.I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


A D V E N T U R E P H I L O S O P H YThe Unclaimed CoastAdventure Philosophy’s SouthGeorgian Odyssey - Chapter FourMark JonesBy Mark Jones, a member of the Adventure Philosophy team wholectures at AUT University on its Outdoor Leadership courses.After our rounding of the northern capes we camped on asmall beach near the entrance to Coal Harbour with a loneelephant bull and a handful of fur seals. It was cold workgetting camp established, fingers required dunking in a cupof milo from the thermos to keep them functional. It wasHawke’s BayKayak CentreFor SalePhone: 09 473 0036Peter TownendManaging Director, Canoe & Kayak Ltdand I’ll be glad to have a chat.All approaches will be dealt with in confidence.tight getting water but I managed to find a small trickle ofwater underneath the ice of a creek and coaxed it along amap into vessels. By morning the trickle would be frozensolid. It was our first camp without wind or falling snowand we revelled in the freedom to cook outside the tent anddine with a view.It was a bitterly cold transition from tent to kayak next morning and fingersfelt like they had all been hit by mallets as I pulled away from the beach. Wepassed by a fantastic wall draped with vari-coloured icicles that would havemade a great photograph. I slowed and looked at Graham hoping he wouldtake the shot. He could see my mind working as I reluctantly passed it up, bothof us knowing our fingers would have gone completely had we pulled out thecamera at that point.The thermometer never got above –2 o C all day, which may explain our lack ofcohesion as a team. Marcus was out in the lead and missed the obvious gapin the reef. Grum and I sat cold on the other side waiting for him to round theend of it. Then soon afterwards, because he was too far offshore and headdown, he failed to see another short-cut behind a series of islands. I said toGraham, “I’m getting a bit of sick of this”. He was too far away to call back andGraham said “Blow him, let’s go anyway”. I was reluctant to split us up andsaid so, but Graham replied “Too bad, he needs to learn the lesson!” We hadspoken several times about the need to keep within ear-shot but Marcus hada habit of having ‘blinkers-on’. So we headed behind the islands and had abite to eat and a milo while Marcus fought his way around the outside. Wehad words about our intention to stay together.But on the next big bay crossing, Marcus was out of ear-shot again and afterfinally getting his attention Graham called to him. “You’re getting out of the zoneMardu. If Jonesy and I decide to bail we’re just going to go and you’ll have noidea”, (as the wind had got up by then.) “Which mightn’t bother me, except thatyou have the tent!” It was bitterly cold and with the wind it was easy to justput one’s head down and go for it and suddenly find oneself alone. It wasn’ta good look though but from then on we managed to stay close.Visibility reduced as a snowstorm enveloped us and I took a bearing before itcompletely obliterated the island we were heading toward. We rounded CapeDemidov and it was a bit of a fight up the coast to Elephant Cove. From one ofthe most jagged inhospitable coasts I’ve paddled opens out a perfectly circularbay surrounded by high mountains. It was completely sheltered from the windbut the steep beach indicated that big swell pounded even this shore when itran from the west. Sooty-mantled Albatrosses cried plaintively as we landedon the less populated end of the beach.It was another touch-and-go transition from boats to tents with circulationfading fast. There was not a lot of margin for error and I marvelled at the way thewildlife was so perfectly adapted to not only survive, but thrive in the Antarcticcold. Animals stood or lay around taking a dip when they felt the need to cool I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


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The Unclaimed Coast continuedoff! Our surroundings reminded me of a trip the three of us had done into theArrowsmith Range in winter. Looking up the valley we could have been easilyconvinced we were there, except for the snorting, trumpeting, squawking, andbarking that filled the air.It was exciting to think that no one had camped here since the days of sealing.We were travelling down a coastline no one had ever kayaked before andthe thrill and joy of doing so wasn’t lost on me. We had a long discussion thatevening about acting like the tight three we were, keeping closer together andcommunicating better.It was another freezing departure and took an hour before wiggled toesgot circulation back to my extremities (despite having a cockpit lined withclosed-cell foam). A nine and a half hour battle into a headwind achieved apaltry 40km. We got to the enormous Ice Fiord and gained some insurance bypaddling into it for an hour before we decided to cross into a light headwind.Almost as we began to cross the wind increased to a stiff breeze and we settledin for a three hour grind before we gained the shelter of the reef on the otherside. As each squall swallowed us we were sure that that was it, the wind toostrong to make progress and that we should turn tail. But then it would passand we’d make ground again.We had a brief cup of milo and some Vitazone bars in the lee of the reef,then launched ourselves again into the fray, finding ourselves barely makingground. It was a wild sea by now with a wind we could only crawl into usingbrute strength and working the wind’s weaker moments. “Are we just beingstupid” Graham voiced the question we were all pondering. But there wasnowhere to hide.“We can always run to Queen Maud Bay” I replied, but none of us liked theidea of losing the ground we had made and we had our sights set on getting toHolmestrand. Cape Nunez lay a couple of kilometres ahead of us and I had afeeling the wind angle would give us an easier time if we could get around.We hugged the contours of the coast, windmilling arms to gain the next nookwhile the sea reared and pitched about us. The swells exploded against thecliffs. We literally inched our way around the cape, hoods drawn tightly aboutpinched faces. the sea a confusion of bucking reflection waves crashing intoeach swell.Energy levels were fast running low. If it didn’t ease around the corner wewould be forced to retreat. But the wind did relent once around the cape andrelented further around the next headland. Marcus’s back had been sore forsome time and he’d lost feeling in his legs. Stoically he had been enduring thediscomfort without comment but as a potential landing appeared he called astop and we made it to shore for a break. Our preference was to keep going.To stop inevitably resulted in cooling down quickly and hands and feet thattook an age to warm back up. Marcus hobbled around as blood seeped backinto his wobbly legs. We got back on the water as quickly as we could but notbefore our hands and feet were numb with cold.Two more hours and we were at Holmestrand. It was a well-protectedpeninsula. We paddled to its lee side, strewn with giant ice-blocks andelephant seals. We found a gap in the brash ice and hauled our boats up to aflat and busied ourself with creating a homeNow that we were committed to the west coast I definitely had the feeling ofhaving rolled the dice. The chance of a weather system pinning us down fora week or more was high. Escaping across the island was one of our escapeoptions if food ran out and resupply was not possible. The latter problem wasquite likely as no sane skipper would venture onto the exposed coast we wereon in a strong onshore system, weather conditions that could easily last forseveral weeks without change.When a day later it was possible to depart, we made the most of it. Withanother headwind I was starting to question the anticlockwise direction wehad chosen to circumnavigate the island, but we paddled south as fast aswe could hoping to get to Ducloz Head. My diary recorded the day as somesnapshot impressions:“Shattered! 56 kilometres, ten hours on the go- Big tabular bergs- bustedglaciers- forbidding black walls, veined with ice disappearing into cloud-Heaving swell on the capes- falling snow all day- Glaciers creaking- The boomof icefalls thundering to us out of the fog - Bearing through white-out acrossbrash-filled Newark Bay-Snow building up on the Bears- Reefs exploding whitewater, the air full of terns feeding- Lunch snatched in small cove- Shelteringbeneath lee of a cliff, frozen lark huddled in a cleft- Tired smiles as we enterDucloz Head- Clawing through dense brash to beach-Mate… what a day!I slept the sleep of the dead.Another 35 kilometres got us to Diaz Cove were the wind-halted progress south.It was a veritable heat wave. Our Suunto wristops showed the temperaturenudging 5 0 C. I paddled close to absorb the ambience of the coast. Swellsboomed in the back of dark zawns. The bull kelp was flogged relentlesslyagainst the rocks. I rolled the video mounted on the deck to capture thewildness of the place.We could not believe our luck the next day when again the wind allowedpassage south. Graham was up early to brew porridge and we got away knowingwe needed to round the South Cape before a forecast strong sou-westerlyair-steam reached the island. The coast was a sight to behold with great peaksstabbing at the clouds, tabluar bergs off the coast, and reefs seeming to rear fromeach swell like breaching whales. A larger than usual swell steepened in frontof me over a shoal and I launched from its near vertical face to be completelyairborne. I paddled quickly out of the zone before the next swell broke. “Waytoo close” I said to myself. Enveloped in the warmth of a drysuit it was easy toforget the temperature of the sea and become complacent with the vigilancerequired to spot shoals well ahead and keep clear of them.Cape Disappointment, named by Cook when he discovered South Georgia,was not the fabled southern continent, but an island, was anything butdisappointing. We rounded it just as the sou-westerlies kicked in andsuddenly we found ourselves surfing down the faces of waves. Finally thewind was behind us pushing us along at reckless speed. The South Capewas a big place of wind-tossed seas and booming swell. Great black walls,streaked with ice, jagged peaks above, plastered with snow. The relentlessocean bashing away endlessly at it all as though its sole quest was to reduceit to sand and rubble.We landed at a tiny beach covered with elephants for a brief bite to eat anda hot drink. It was the site of the furthest camp of the 1991 British expedition,attempting to circumnavigate the island from the other direction. They spentover a week pinned down on this same beach. After three days, being onquarter rations by that time, they began eating penguins. On the eighth dayan airdrop failed to reach them as they watched it drift in a fickle wind out tosea. Eventually they retreated to Drygalski Fiord where they were once againunable to travel, this time for 2 weeks, eventually being picked up on the 29thOctober 1991.When we arrived at Drygalski Fiord it was with some disappointment that wediscovered it was blowing and it was ninety minutes of hard graft before wereached the sanctuary of Williams Harbour.We woke to sun streaming into the bay. It was nice to get some indication afterten days that we were part of a solar system; to get some indication that all theworld was not composed of grey sky, snow and an endless barrier of rock andice. Our moods lifted and tiredness evaporated with the damp that had clungto our lives for the previous week.“Mate. I’ve Gotta say, it feels great to be off the west coast” Said Graham, voicingthe thought foremost in all our minds. It was great to be on the warmer eastcoast. To have toes you could feel without wiggling, to not have aching hands ateach transition from shore to kayak, or kayak to camp. There was a lightness tothe days, and if we thought we knew by now how extraordinary South Georgiawas, we were in for a lesson for the best was ahead of us.It was a day in staggering contrast to the SW coast just a few long days before.The mountains were spectacular. We picked out the lofty Mt Carse, third highest1 0 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


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The Unclaimed Coast continuedat 2330m, surrounded by an entourage of lower peaks. There were wonderfulblue bergs, and snow petrels, the very embodiment of elegance. As we kayakedinto Gold Harbour we could hear the wildlife from more that a kilometre away,long before we could see it. I tried to make out the elephant seals on the beachas we approached, then realised they were the beach. There was no room toeven contemplate a landing.“Jesus! Can you believe this place.” Said GrumI just shook my head, trying to take it all in. It was a staggering assemblage ofwildlife. ”Where the hell are we going to land?”We headed down to the far end of the beach paddling along a kilometre ofcoast that tested my credulity. The elephants were twenty or thirty deep to thetop of the beach, one harem seeming to run seamlessly into the next. Bullsdotted throughout, occasionally to rear and bellow, sometimes to confront oneanother. When the interloper did not back down, they hacked at one another inbloody battles. They all bore wounds of recent conflict and, above the tide, thestones were spattered in their blood. Every fifty metres an unmated bull eyedus warily from the surf as we paddled along the beach behind the break.We landed at the end of most of it and I shot a couple of rolls of film betweenslurps of Milo and bites of lunch. Bloody headed giant petrels, head-deep inentrails; Elephant bulls belly to belly; and a hanging glacier served as backdrop,frequently avalanching thunderously above the din of animal noise. It wasan astonishing scene. All the cold and effort and pain and the anguish wassuddenly worth that one moment of rare and spectacular glory in the wonderof nature.It was tempting to stay another day; wallow in the luxury of such a rich feast forthe eyes and soul. But there was something drawing us on that was strongerthan the desire to stay. Wonder at what was around the next corner perhaps. Solate the following morning we packed up, pushed through a throng of penguinsbetween herds of elephants, and continued on our way.Rounding the first small headland had a real sense of familiarity about it. I wastoasty warm, the sun was beating down, kelp swashing this way and that in alight surge, the water deep and blue. It could’ve been somewhere on the EastCape of NZ, except that beside me the cliff was aglitter with icicles. A look atmy wristop showed it to be only 5 0 C.It was a great day to capture some video footage and at the next headlandI rolled the deck-cam mounted on top of my cockpit as I ran a gap betweentwo reefs. I watched a couple of big swells surge through the gap towards meand decided it was quite runnable, but misread the situation badly. As I putin some power strokes to punch through the narrow gap a big swell camefrom the opposite direction, from behind me, and as it swelled beneath meit steepened to breaking point. I tried to get off the wave, braking with all mystrength, but I had too much momentum and the wave launched me down itsface in a full surf. The nose buried, I was viciously corkscrewed, and suddenlyunder the water, half out of my kayak. “Nice one Jones” I thought and set upto roll. But my hips and knees had no purchase. It was not going to happen. Iremoved my hands from their pogies and tucked the shaft under my arm. Thengrabbed the cockpit rim and pulled my body back into the kayak properly asthe next wave broke over the boat. I was only metres from the reef. HurriedlyI stuffed my hands back inside their pogies and rolled up quickly.Grum, who had been following me, could barely contain his mirth once herealised I was OK, (since I had been underwater for wee while by then). “Youclown” he chuckled, “what was that about?”. I sheepishly recounted my errorcaptured nicely on camera.The next bay was St Andrews which made the shows at Gold Harbour seemlike minor productions. It was like three country boys having just beengoggle eyed at the hustle and bustle of Auckland, suddenly arriving in NewYork: kilometre after kilometre of elephant seals, hectare after hectare ofking penguins, all rolling out of the mist like an endless diorama, only it wasreal. A chaos of domestic hostility, maternal concern, food gathering forays,inter-beachmaster battles, pups playing, penguins piping, on and on in anoverwhelming spectacle of squawking, grunting and groaning bodies- truly astaggering sight to behold. The hills beyond, which we could not see through themist held the largest colony of King penguins on South Georgia and we couldonly try to imagine the true extent of the multitudes. If there was a counterpartin the south to Africa’s Serengeti Plains then this was surely it, and I felt anoverwhelming sense of delight in bearing witness to nature unchecked withsuch extravagant results.We paddled 46km that day to reach Ocean Harbour, arriving on dusk andcamped in an old brick hut, the last standing from many that had been builtas part of the whaling station there.That evening we reminisced about the extraordinary sights we had seen duringthe day. The leg across Hound Bay, glasslike and the light possessing a specialquality lighting the Bears up like lanterns. Low sun on Mt Paget, the highestpeak in the range at 2915m. Giant Petrels wheeling overhead. Past the rustinghulk of Bayard, a transport ship wrecked in1911, to land amongst the ruins ofan old whaling station.One side of the bay comprised of a sheer wall, black against the stars, thatthrew back the sounds from the harems on the beach. It seemed to magnifyand distort, so that the otherworldly echoes appeared to emanate from therelics about us.There was mixed feelings for me on our last day. Half of me was lookingforward to finishing. The other half was sad the journey was coming to a1 2 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


close. I got up at 4:45am to stalk reindeer in the dawn light and to fill the day.We called in to Godthul, the smallest of the seven whaling stations that werebuilt on South Georgia, with little to show for the industry that once prevailedthere except some rusty mechanical outlines and a beach still strewn withbleached bones.Later that day we rounded the final headland into Cumberland Bay, making ourway slowly, stretching out the final minutes of our adventure together. It was aday in marked contrast to our departure, with blue sky and a feast of mountainsspread out before us. As King Edward Point came into view we could see theentire population of the base (about 15 people) lined up along the shore. Wecould see a “Congrats Kiwis” banner and a New Zealand flag, both drawn onsheets with felt pen. As we approached, the New Zealand national anthemcarried to us across the water, played out on saxophone. We responded witha chilly, team Eskimo roll and paddled into the beach for much hand-shaking,champagne and cake. It felt very special to be welcomed back with such fanfareand it was a warm and generous celebration that ran on into the night.It had been a gamble from the beginning. There had been no guarantees ofsuccess, and I felt South Georgia had allowed our passage. It is truly one ofthe extraordinary places on the earth and it felt a real privilege to experienceit as we had- at water level, stroke by stroke- as intimately as is possiblewithout swimming with the penguins. As for conquest, I discovered this wason the inside, for what does it matter how a coast is traversed- by motor, orsail, or paddled one stroke at a time? It is the inner reward that is the prizeand inside I harboured a contentment of the highest order, and memories tolast a lifetime.Adventure Philosophy would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the largefamily of loyal sponsors and helpers who have supported us so generouslyand without whom this expedition and others would not be possible. Visitwww.adventurephilosophy.com for more information about this and otherexpeditions, the products that made them possible, and the adventurescholarships we offer for young Kiwis.I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6 1 3


kayaking the able tasmanby Louise ChilversThe Able Tasman Coast Track isdescribed as NZs most popular walklinking a serious of beautiful beachesand bays – but you know really it’s alie because it is more spectacular andfun kayaking it. Over labour weekend(plus a little more) 10 of the WellingtonYakity Yak club paddled the southernhalf of the Able Tasman Coastal track.Our escapade began Wednesday night 18 thOctober piling 8 kayaks and 10 people into two carsand a trailer. We then poured ourselves onto theInterislander. After the first night in Picton with all10 of us in a room not much bigger than the averagedouble bedroom and two snorers (who was that ?),everyone appeared bleary eyed but ready to go. AHi Guys,took the new Marauder out for a surf last week.It performed very well. Surfed it in frontwardsand backwards. It’s agile enough to even pull afew tricks.I’m 110kg and it’s just as dry as the FND, just asstable, but quicker and only weighs 23kg.I’ve put an A hatch in the bow of mine which willtake a 1.4m spear gun and any standard boat rod.The O hatch in front of the seat allows for easyaccess to soft baits and pre-made traces.short drive, bacon & eggs for breakfast and thento the mall shopping for kayaking food and coffee,we were at the beginning, Marahau, by lunch timeThursday. We put in with the tide going out sothere was a bit of pushing and pulling to get allthe kayaks out past the inlet bar – especially thedoubles, but once afloat it was beautiful flat, sunshine kayaking. We landed at Tinline Bay for a latelunch and then to our first camp, Observation Cove.Observation Cove had fantastic camp sites for our8 tents and a lovely stream with morporks, ploversand cormorants gabbling and carrying on.The next day was up the coast in bright sunshine,stopping at Anchorage hut for filtered water andon to Mosquito Bay within the Tonga Island MarineReserves. The evening was spent watching the skyfor satellites and shooting stars. We also spent abit of time guessing which way a boat was headingby its lights (harder than it sounds) and workingThe recess at the front of the cockpit will give sounderscreens a little more protection from waves.It is much quieter than the Pro Fisherman andCobra has lengthened the cockpit from the originalmodel for us taller lads.yes the foot wells are a little narrow, but I have noproblem fitting my size 12’s in there.It’s the bee’s knee’s and I’ve been waiting to getthis boat for 12 months. In fact I might head outfor a surf on it now and will be out fishing on ittommorrow and Weds nights.out what a yellow flashing light that flashed 5 timesmeant (given that 2 of the group were undertakingboatmasters courses). The next morning it wasa bit overcast but we paddled out around FoulPoint to Tonga Island, the most northern fur sealbreeding colony in the South Island. There werelots of fur seals on land and swimming around inthe water including mothers and pups looking atus with curiosity. We kayaked back and settled infor another evening star gazing and laughing.Saturday, brought a bit of rough weather so afterpiling into our kayaks and sticking our bows outinto the open sea, we turn tailed and went back toshore for a couple of hours. Liz and Louise endedup sitting in the DOC long drops to stay out of thewind and that is how Louise ended up writing upthis trip report (lovely loos by the way – didn’tsmell at all). By early afternoon the weather haddropped and a fantastic adventurous kayak in 2m14 ISSUE THIRTYeight • 2006


swells ended up in Torrent Bay. Here, all of us were so excitedto see a mother and calf bottlenose dolphin. The dolphinsstayed around the boats for over 15mins, diving, jumping andinvestigating the kayaks – an experience of a lifetime! We stayedthe night at Anchorage Hut camp site, drinking and eating all thereserves for the trip as it was the last night. An early start and anice rainy day back to Marahau for a great hot shower and driveback to Picton for a 6pm ferry. Thanks to everyone on the trip forsuch a wonderful time and to Jim for organising a great trip.I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6 1 5


Triple Waikato Lake TippleThe Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand. TheRiver starts its journey to the sea from high in the centralNorth Island volcanic zone, 2797m above sea level. Fromthere it flows into Lake Taupo.Leaving the Lake, the River cuts through the volcanic plateau flowing north,passing through eight hydroelectric dams (this trip included three of them),and onto the lowlands from Cambridge to Mercer.The River finally flows into the Tasman Sea at Port Waikato after a journey of425 km from Lake Taupo.The Waikato River is a tupuna (ancestor), a taonga (treasure), and the mauri(life force) of Tainui Waka and Ngati Tuwharetoa.Mary-Ann, Trevor, Ken, Brendon, Leonie, Philip, Barbara, Peter, Joanna werejoined by Dean (Napier), Val (Taupo), Reg (Taumaranui)Friday 22 SeptA late start due to the trailer lights connection being too short for turningcorners so a bit too important to ignore. The cheese toasties at Piopiorecommended.Arrived at the Mareiti Rowing Club in Mangakino in the dark. $10 per night forall amenities and cubby- hole bunk rooms- a bargain.Saturday 23 SeptAwakened at 5.30am by loud steel-cap booted termites aka five High Schoolsof rowing clubs on a training camp and a 100m roof sprinting possum. Got upto find a beautiful view of the misty millpond-calm Lake Mareiti.Launched straight in to explore up to the edge of the dam and the scenic inletskeeping wide margins around pairs of swans and their cygnets.Passed giant forestry water aerators attempting to clean up the murky blackwater from the paper mill effluent. Played water polo with the ‘world’. Onenewer group member showed the others how to fall out under a very lowbridge so they could hone their rescuing skills. Good effort, will be awardedthe ‘bottoms-up duck’ trophy.Battled head winds and chop across the lake to a sunny lunch spot watchingthe trout glide past in the shallows. Dynamic duo (P n B) continued around thelake to work up their appetites. Val was our quicksand finder so we didn’t sinkpast our knees too, thanks! Housetruck café was well placed for hot coffeesand snacks.Next was a long drive (not well sign-posted we shall say) to Lake Karapiro,Findlay Park Christian Camp to meet up with nine friendly members fromBOP Kayak club.Kayaked up the river into the Pokaiwhenua Stream for a daylight recce of theravine.Sumptuous picnic feast on lake edge till dark then donned headlamps and glowsticks, buddied up and back up thro the ravine (playing bumper boats), whichwas now heavenly sprinkled with blue 100’s and 1000’s of glowworms. We thenturned our lights off and glided back on the current blissing out in the peaceful,magical-ness of it all (some people also found it a bit dark and creepy!) It wasso good we had to do it again- a fabulous form of relaxation therapy.Thanks to Neil and BOP kayak club for their hospitality and showing us thisvery special place.(gold coin donation to the camp)Sunday 24 SeptAnother very early rowdy awakening but most sleeping soundly after y’daysexertions.Finally Lake Waipapa and under the bridge into the Waipapa River. Hotsunshine! Fifty year old swamped tree trunks with Aurelia’s growing on toplooking like something out of a Jurassic Park movie, to an impassable rockygorge and waterfall. The more madder of the group went rock climbing andcliff jumping for a bit of white water body surfing- bruised knees the price topay for the refreshing dip!So a great three lake experience with great company and even a tipple nowand again to rhyme with triple…..Thanks especially to Mary-Ann for organizing.1 6 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


Pokaiwhenua TripT’was looking like a starry night with a crescent moonthat was all but gone. The kids were playing in the fieldby the boat ramp at Finlay Park. Stories were beingtold of polyethylene eating Taniwha’s and 20 peoplewere preparing to boldly go where many hundreds ofpeople had gone before, and many hundreds will go inthe future.Our group was made up of 4 shop staff from Hamilton, 4 Clubbies and12 tourists. Kayak types varied – sea kayaks, recreational kayaks and acouple of white water kayaks.Following a briefing, we set off into the deep waters of Lake Karapiroand up the Pokaiwhenua Stream in search of those little shards of lightcalled glowworms.It didn’t take long and we were at the bay where we could turn around.Trouble was that the big yellow ball in the sky was still having aninfluence. So we mucked around for an hour or so.Then – without any warning, it went from light to dark. A quick count up,lights off and we were off – drifting with the current downstream andthrough the canyon covered with glowworms. Millions of glowworms,and they were the only things emitting light. It was so dark that you couldnot see your hand in front of your face. The current made us bump intothe sides of the canyon and each other. All too soon it was over and wewere going under the bridge across Horahora Road. Back across thelake and out of the water. A quick count up told us that we left no-oneon the water.It was a short paddle – only 3.5Km in all, but with the time the sun goesdown in summer we still didn’t arrive home until after 11:00PM.It is 30 years since I was a bratat a camp at Finlay Park, whichmeans it is 30 years since Ilast visited the PokaiwhenuaGlowworms. It will certainlynot be 30 years until I return.(The brat part has not changed.)Tony CaseA high res picture of the darknessI S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6 1 7


Paddle StrokesPhotos of Rob SpenceA group of instructors and myself were in fits of laughterwatching a couple of kayak fisherman dealing with threeto four foot surf on a northland beach the other evening. Itmade me think we should do another article on basic paddletechnique as this is where the ability to surf starts from.by Peter TownendIf you are starting out as a paddler, it is essential you focus on good techniquerather than guts and determination.Guts and determination wane with time and even the strongest person tiresquickly when wasting energy.Power StrokeThis is the paddle stroke, which gets us from A to B and thus requires a lot offocus. A poor power stroke makes it hard to keep up with the group, makingany trip much less enjoyable. It also reduces the power that you’ll need toaccelerate out of trouble in surf and rough water.Primary coaching pointsThe paddle stays close to the side of the kayak, to minimise the turning effecton your kayak. Ensure you keep the blade fully immersed.Remove the paddle at the hip. Beyond the hip the paddle is starting to loseits effectiveness.Note, Rob keeps his body position forward.Secondary coaching points to fine-tune your power strokesPaddle splash on entry results from pulling the paddle back before it issubmerged, hence wasting a lot of energy.vvPaddle splash on exit is the result of not feathering your paddle blade to allowa clean exit from the water. The paddle should be removed vertically at thehip. If you are lifting water think how heavy the water on each blade is. It willbe anything from a quarter to a whole litre and weighing a quarter to one fullkilo. As thousands of paddle strokes are required on any trip, you are goingto be either real strong or real tired!In the main picture above, Rob is making a box shape with his arms and paddle.This is the starting point of a good paddling style.To begin, the paddle goes in the water at your toes to give the maximumlength of stroke.The top hand punching out at eye level is the strongest height to push forward.If your hand is going higher, think about dropping the other hand further intothe water. This will bring the top hand down.1 8 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


Award SchemeTrunk RotationTrunk rotation produces the majority of sustainable power.Briefly this involves using main body muscle groups to supply the majority ofpower to the paddle. Concentrate on pulling the paddle down the side of thekayak by twisting your body rather than pulling with your arms.Sweep StrokesThe sweep stroke turns your kayak in tight areas or in windy conditions.Start with box as shown. The Paddle goes in at the toes with the top hand lowerthan for the power stroke.The NZKI Award Scheme was formed in response to agrowing need in the Kayaking Industry to have morepeople with Kayaking qualifications, to encourage morekayakers towards expanding their skills and knowledgeand to continue to increase the safety of our sport.The NZKI Award Scheme is structured around theassessment of skills and knowledge that are required forthe type of activity to be undertaken by the Instructoror Guide.A star is awarded for each level achieved, starting offwith the NZKI One Star for personal paddling skills andknowledge and moving up to the NZKI Five Star foran Assessor.For more information phone 0508 5292569The paddle is pulled around in a half circle away from the kayak.The paddle finishes at the stern of the kayak.The body provides power by twisting from the waist. This also reduces stresson the shoulder by limiting over-extension.Keep the blade fully immersed and your top hand close to the spray deck toextend the paddle to its maximum reach and provide greater leverage to helpyour turn (as in picture to the left).I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6 1 9


Low BracesThe Low Brace prevents capsize. With enough practice it will become a reflexreaction to an imminent capsize.It should be developed in shallow water where the paddle can hit the bottomto prevent an actual capsize. Then progress to deep water as confidence andability improve.When starting to capsize, make a vertical box, as in power and sweep strokes,but bring the paddle shaft down to your spray skirt.Stern RudderThe Stern Rudder is your primary control while surfing. It is needed to augmentand or replace the kayak’s rudder when the bow of the kayak drops down theface of the wave and the stern is lifted clear of the water. At this point the kayakneeds direction and the stern rudder supplies this. The kayaks surfing the otherevening were doing the “weeee weeee weeee” move which is the sound peoplemake when they lift their paddle above their heads while dropping down theface of the wave without steerage. As the bow digs into the slow moving waterin front of the wave and the stern is being lifted and pushed by the fast movingwave, the kayak then starts to broach or in other words the stern will catch upwith the bow. This is not a problem to an experienced kayaker. The kayak isvery happy bouncing down a wave sideways when a Low Brace stroke is usedinto the wave face and the beach side of the kayak is lifted to allow the kayakto skim over the water in front of the wave. However inexperienced kayakerswill allow the centrifugal force of the kayak broaching to throw them towardsthe beach. Digging in, the beach side of the kayak catches in the water andflips the kayak and paddler into the sea.Try the steps below and get some Quality Instruction to make surfing fun.Set up your Stern Rudder first by rotating your entire top half from your hipsand stomach around to the rear of the kayak.Place the paddle into the water at the rear of the kayak with a Vertical blade.Totally immerse the Blade.This is the same position as the end of a forward sweep stroke.Use the back of the blade to push down on the water. Keep your elbows abovethe shaft, this is the strongest position for your arms giving more power whilstreducing the chances of injury.Use a ‘hip flick’ to recover your kayak. This is the use of your lower body(including your feet, knees and butt) to anchor yourself firmly into the kayak.Your hips will provide a flexible point from which you can flick the kayak backinto a level position.When the paddle has provided enough support recover by twisting the bladeforward into a vertical position before removing it from the water.Both your hands should be across the centre line of the kayak and you shouldbe looking forwardNow practise on flat water and take a few paddle strokes to build up speed.Then go to the Stern Rudder Position. When the paddle is in the correct positionpush it away from the kayak and see how it can control the direction of thekayak. Try pulling and pushing the blade in the water away and towards thestern of the kayak to feel the effect it has on the kayak’s direction.Once you have practised this heaps, and can perform a stern Rudder on flatwater without thinking, try it out on some small surf. Progress to bigger surfas your skills develop. The trick in surf is to set the Stern Rudder up as soonas the kayak starts to be propelled by the wave. You can then navigate thewave to put you and your kayak in a good position on the wave. Leaving theSet-up till later normally allows the kayak to start broaching and once thishas happened it is unlikely the Stern Rudder will be able to take back controlfrom the wave.Always remember the simple surf rule “If you are not happy swimming in theconditions, don’t go kayaking”2 0 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


Team KIWI in the USAHey BS crew Sam here we just got back from the sickest 6weeks all three of us have ever had. The world cup was anawesome experience, the tour making it interesting withpeople like Brian Kirk winning up until the last event wheretwo poor rides put him off the podium. The first round was onthe Ottawa river on Garberator which was awesome and superfast, except that the lines were 20mins long so if you flushedyou felt like having a cry. They had lights so you could practiseall-night with there still being 10 people in the line at 11pm.People slept at the wave and would get woken up at 4am tohear EJ training; it was amazing what people would do to getsome time on the wave.The first round Nick and I got into the semi finals with a field of 38 junior menso it meant that it was time to party hard, waking up with little sleep for semifinals which went well enough for me to make the finals and Nick to come 10thwith two unlucky rides. I was first up and all of a sudden I felt so energetic andI somehow managed to do all the moves I could do and that put me in secondto Nick Troutman who had just won the Canadian men’s trials.The next round was at Water Town New York state, the feature sucked asit was so shallow and flushy and really suited the first two juniors as theywhere small 13yr olds that weigh only 30kg. All three of us sucked at thisevent with Sean coming 9th and myself coming 10th and Nick 13th. The eventwas really well organized with free Dunkn Donuts for breakfast. We were allhappy to get out of there to the next event in Rock Island Tennessee *whereit hadn’t rained for 3 months so we could only get enough water to have fourpractice rides, Nick came 12th Sean 11th and myself 4th doing a “back panam” just as the buzzer went so I didn’t get it scored, which would have gotme on the podium. This was good enough to put me in third place over all toNick Troutman and Dane Jackson who tied on points for first. Sean Gerlachcame 11th and Nick Boyes 12th.There was a sick party at the Jackson factorysponsored by Red Bull and Jack Daniels.The boats got a lot of attention with every body wishing they could be luckyenough to paddle them. They also went big as soon as Yappa taught us how tosurf a wave. They bounce further out on the wave which made combo movesa lot better, although we only could get the occasional one.Yappa is on a different level to every one else, it is so cool to watch every onestop to watch him. Even Pat Camblin said that he is way in front of every one.I told him it’s the boat. Any way I hope you enjoy the photos and thanks a lotfor supplying us with the sickest kayaks out.Peace SamResults are on www.wcfkc.com as well as some other photos almost asgood as these.I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6 2 1


unexpected Discovery“Serendipity” is one of those poetic sounding wordsthat is not much used, but has an intriguing tone toit. It means ‘chance discovery’, or unexpectedlybeing pleasantly surprised by the way somethingturns out. All that might seem a long way fromkayaking, but it does sum up how sometimeswhat might be under-rated as a routine paddledestination pleasantly surprises.So it is with the Waikato River where it winds itsway through Hamilton city. It is shunned by themain street of the city that parallels the river, butfaces away from it.It is dismissed by paddlers from further upstream(where at its source the river is crystal clear) for itsstrong tea colour. It is generally taken for grantedby those who fight rush hour traffic over its sevencity bridges.But get down on the river in a kayak and the wholepicture changes. The steady flow gently sweepsyou past sights unseen from a car. Beautiful gardensspill down banks to the water’s edge. In the distancecity noise can be heard, but on the river the sceneis peaceful and tranquil.One by one, the bridges come into view and youglide underneath them. Wild pigeons curve in andout of cover. The current keeps you in pace withwalkers on the reserves lining the river bank. Oftenthey stop to wave at the sight of colourful kayaks,and I suspect think, “I’d like to do that!”At the Hamilton Canoe & Kayak centre we run toursto show people what an asset the Waikato Riverreally is. The change of perspective from lookingat the water to being on the water often catchespeople unawares. We hope that many paddlers willhave that “unexpected surprise” and experiencethat same “serendipity.”To find out more or to book a tour,contact Canoe & Kayak Waikatoon (07) 847-5565 or email hamilton@canoeandkayak.co.nznew editionin store thisChristmas ISSUE THIRTYeight • 2006


Mohaka storyWe had a rare chance to escape the Taupo shopfor a social paddle and to do a recce run of theGlenn Falls to Bridget’s Clearing Grade 2 run of theMohaka. Maddog, River Ron, Freddy and myselfplanned a run to find out if any logs or trees hadshifted since we last ran this section in preparationfor our Multisport Coaching Weekend. Not a goodidea to take 28 clients down there without having awee peek for any potential surprises. We managedto gain 2 extra kayakers in the form of 2 Englishtourists who we decided to take with us for a laugh.They were on sit on top kayaks which they had agreat time on (all be it a little soggy)This section of river is an ideal training groundfor Multisporters and up and coming white waterpaddlers. There are a few challenging sectionsincluding pour over’s leading into some relativelymunchy holes with a few rocks to negotiate.Picking the right line is pretty crucial. There havebeen kayaks wrapped around rocks and tangledin trees on this section. Also on this section thereis a convergence (two or more flows meeting)leading unsuspecting kayakers straight into a semisubmerged tree. A few expensive dramas haveoccurred here. Chunky eddy lines and splat wallsadd to the fun and allow intermediate Grade 2paddlers the chance to really “up” their skills.I suppose what I am trying to say is this....It is afantastic run , which I can’t wait to explore again. It’sslightly harder than the McVicars Rd section, aboutthe same length possibly 2+ on a couple of them.Just remember to take all your paddle gear (dryclothes, throw bag etc) scout the run if you are notfamiliar with it and be prepared to portage if youare not happy with the rapid you’re looking at. Andabove all SMILE, have fun and keep on paddling.I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6 2 3


The Green Prescription:The Whanganui River TonicBy Ruth E. HendersonNeeding a holiday? Do you relish a total change of pace and scenery, a healthydiet and exercise - a holistic experience? Do you want to cut the umbilicalcord that ties you to the computer, cell phone, responsibilities, commitments,deadlines—for one delectable, rejuvenating week in the wilderness? Thesolution could be ‘The Whanganui River Tonic’, a journey of 6 days and 120kms from Ohinepane to Pipiriki by kayak or canoe. It could be just what theDoctor ordered.Recommended dosage rate — at least once in a lifetime, or annually ifrequired.Active ingredient — Peter Townend, (Canoe & Kayak boss man), in holiday mode– with an impish sense of fun, great culinary and fire starting skills.Compatibility — recent tests showed no adverse reactions or allergies when 55kayakers, aged from nine to seventy years of age with adventurous spirits, andnimble bodies were mixed together on the river and the riverbanks.Mixing instructions — load Canadian kayaks with chickens, corned beef,noodles, potatoes, kumara, onions, apples, oranges, bacon, eggs, porridge,cheese, bread… plus pots, pans, cooking implements, BBQ griddle, andtarpaulins. Load sea-kayaks with personal camping gear, normal river paddlingsafety equipment, including 20 metres of rope, and a share of the food. Practiseferry gliding and finding eddy lines, then head down river.Recommendations — take along: a good tent, warm clothing, spare warmclothing, wine, friends, potato peeler, book, camera, pack of cards orbackgammon set, and a folding or blowup chair. An ability to sing and enjoychildhood songs, such as “I’m a little fire engine—Flick is my name”; a senseof fun, humour, adventure; and an awe for weeping walls and waterfalls, ratain flower, and billy goat bluffs are an advantage.Skills needed or gained on the trip — rafting up (for chocolate rations), twohanded serving spoon dexterity (for dishing up dinner), centipede formation(to carry laden Canadian boats), firewood gathering (for roaring bonfires),catching (flying corn fritters), walking (to the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’), binocularuse (for star gazing), and fishing (for eels).First Aid — On site: warm up wet people with food and fire; cool down hot andsweaty people with a dunk in the river, then give other liquids orally.Off site: for withdrawal symptoms, take another dose of the tonic.Caution — this tonic may be addictive and may result in anincrease in weight.Department of Conservation Camping & Hut passes available.Book your trip now - Phone 0508 5292 5692 4 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


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New Zealand’s Best Kept SecretThe Yakity YakMany of the articles you are reading in this magazine are about tripsorganized by the Yakity Yak Club.Interested in Joining up?Well read on and get involved“Too old” you say or “not fit enough” or “don’t like clubs because of the workingbees and committee meetings”. Well guess what, our oldest member is 80 plusand started paddling in the last two years. Can you walk? well then you canpaddle, in fact that’s not correct we have had members with a missing leg ortwo, but you get the picture. The only committee meetings we have are a wineand cheese evening once a month to arrange trips. There are no secretaries ortreasurers. We just discuss where to go next and who is coming. These trips areviewed on www.canoeandkayak.co.nz and booked at your local Canoe & KayakCentreJoin the club. You will get a weekend skills course to teach you techniques andsafety skills and a year’s membership. If you are keen to learn more there is a bunchof courses to teach everything from Eskimo Rolling to becoming an instructor. Atno cost is the Leader’s Training Course, ten weeks part time for those who havethe urge to put something back into the club.So what does joining the club cost? Only $295 for the first year including theweekend course and then only $35 per subsequent year thereafter.NORTH SHOREAUCKLANDSILVERDALEMANUKAUWAIKATOUnit 2/20 Constellation Drive(off Ascension Place),Mairangi Bay, AucklandPHONE: 09 479 1002502 Sandringham RdSandringhamPHONE: 09 815 2073DISTRIBUTION CENTRE7/28 Anvil Road, SilverdalePHONE: 09 421 0662710 Great South Road,ManukauPHONE: 09 262 0209The corner Greenwood St &Duke St, State Highway 1 BypassHamiltonPHONE: 07 847 55652 6 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6For up coming Yakity Yak trips


Kayak ClubSpeciallimited offer- JOIN FOR ONLY$6.75 PER WEEKConditions ApplyProudly Supported by Your LocalNow you say “They must charge for each club trip”. My friend you would bewrong. There is no participation charge for club trips.The Yakity Yak Kayak Club was set up by a bunch of enthusiastic instructors.After spending much time teaching people how to paddle we found a fewmonths later that they had not carried on with paddling. They said there wasno one to paddle with, or they were a bit shy, or they did not have a boat, orthey lacked confidence to go on trips where they did not know the area orthe people.So we said enough is enough and the Yakity Yak Kayak Club was formed.We cannot guarantee you will get on like a house on fire with every club memberbut we know you will find a bunch of like minded mates to enjoy our wonderfullittle paddling paradise.So get on the phone to one of the Canoe & Kayak Centres (see advert on the backpage) and join the Yakity Yak Kayak Club. You will be welcome.Welcome aboardPeter TownendOne of the founding YakersJOIN NOW!PHONE0508 5292569BAY OF PLENTY3/5 Mac Donald StreetTAUPO143 Ruapehu Street,HAWKE’S BAY15 Niven StreetTARANAKIUnit 6, 631 Devon RoadWELLINGTON2 Centennial HighwayMount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd)PHONE: 07 574 7415TaupoPHONE: 07 378 1003Onekawa, NapierPHONE: 06 842 1305Waiwhakaiho, New PlymouthPHONE: 06 769 5506Ngauranga, WellingtonPHONE: 04 477 6911see www.canoeandkayak.co.nzI S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6 2 7


Hamilton’s 7 Bridges River Raceby Tony BarrettIn ‘rugby talk’, you often hear a match referred to as “agame of two halves.” Never was that more true than in theinaugural 7 Bridges River Race held on the Waikato Riveron 12 November. Beginning at the Grantham St Boat Rampin the heart of Hamilton city, the first half of the course was10 km downstream to the turnaround at the Pukete Bridge.The second half was a challenging 10 km upstream (and intothe wind) to the Cobham Bridge before a short finishing rundownstream.Craig Brighouse, who organized the event, aims to increase opportunities forkayaking and multisport eventing in the Hamilton area. Despite the significantnumber of people involved in kayaking for fitness, recreation and competitionin the region there are relatively few regular events. The Cambridge to Hamiltonrace being one. “I want to lift the profile of kayaking and promote the use of theWaikato River,” says Craig. Keen to see the 7 Bridges Race as an annual event,he was pleased with the 69 entries and the great atmosphere on the day.The competition for the top places was keenly contested. The winner on theday, Tim Grammer, came scorching home on a surf ski in 1 hr and 35 mins.What made it even more impressive was that he had damaged his rudderin the closing stages and lost his ability to steer properly. Accompanying thespeed machines were a Canadian canoe, an outrigger, tandem kayaks, and agood smattering of sea kayaks and sit on tops.One characteristic of the day was the friendly atmosphere. Participants wereencouraged along the way, no matter what their experience level.Jun Iwata, a visitor from Japan for 6 months, paddled in the race after only justlearning to kayak in a Sea Kayak Skills Course. It was his third time in a kayak,but he coped well with the distance and current. “This race is definitely thehighlight of my stay here!” said Jun at the finish. Another comment from a firsttime competitor was, “I now know that I can do that!”The Waikato River has walking paths along most of the distance of the racefrom which participants can be observed throughout the event. Next year, itis intended to develop a variety of courses to cater for the more recreationalpaddler, and to capitalise on attracting spectators to what could becomeHamilton’s premier kayak race.Check out the websites www.7bridges.co.nz for information and results fromthe race, and www.waikatomultisport.co.nz for information about multisportkayaking in the Waikato.Designers & Constructors of Multisport& Adventure Racing KayaksPhone/Fax 06 374 6222E-mail:- mike@ruahinekayaks.co.nzWebsite:-www.ruahinekayaks.comRuahine Kayaks are pleased tointroduce the new “Gladiator”.This fast, stable kayak is designedfor the larger paddler looking fora longer, stable boat.Gladiator2 8 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


Canoe & Kayak Rodney Coast ChallengeIn blustery, overcast conditions with the promise of rain, a field of 380 athletesprepared for the annual Canoe & Kayak Rodney Coast Challenge run by theKaukapakapa Scout Group, held on Sunday 29th October, starting at the watersedge on Muriwai’s, West Coast Beach. The run began with a short scramble backover the dunes, then parallel with the beach before starting the 9 km grindthrough Wood Hill Forest back up and over the hills to the Cycle transition atthe Rimmers Road Forest entrance. Paul Angland led into the transition in38:56followed closely by Matthew Brick in39:40.From the transition riders descended Rimmers Road to join State Highway 16for an undulating ride to Kaukapakapa and the dreaded hill before droppingdown to the Makarau Valley and the mountain bike transition. The fastestover the 30km course was Andrew Smith in 51:15 chased by Matthew Brickin 52:03The 27m mountain bike course followed rural metal roads with some steepclimbs and descents before finishing at the Puhoi Sports Reserve and wascompleted in 56:02 by Dan Wood just ahead of Thomas Reynolds in 57:45. FromPuhoi the canoe section followed a meandering tidal inlet to Wenderholmon the East Coast 8km away. Chris Wright completed this section in 37:56 withGordon Blythen finishing in 38:11.The fastest times over the complete course were:IndividualsOpen Men: Andrew Nicholson 3:22:36Open Women: Chris Couldrey 4:102:13Veteran Men: Matthew Brick 3:18:09Veteran Women: Rosemary Whitehead 5:05:03TeamsOpen Mens: Philip Muir, Steppy, Matt Fricker, Chris Wright 3:15:53Open Womens: Jo Clews, Jo Clarke, Rachael Sutton 4:14:56Open Mixed: Castelle Young, Andrew Smith, Arlo Guthery, Neil Young 3:33:59Veteran Mens: Allan Lennon, Kevin Vranjes, Blair Roskruge 3:25:48Veteran Women: Ngaire McLachlen, Dianne Barret, Shona Fogden, NancyBowmar 4:11:15School: Waiuku College A, Michael Whitehead, Shaun Hamilton, Alex Meikle3:23:49Corporate: Vaughan Martin, Andrew Newson, Simon Orgias, Fred Teear3:40:58It’s back to the future for the 16thThermaTech Head2Head multisportrace. The experiment with alate summer date change earlierin the year did not provide theanticipated avalanche of additionalcompetitors. So the organisershave returned, appropriatelyhumbled, to the traditional 10December date. This should pleasebudding Speights Coast to Coasterslooking for a test of training raceblow-out. The date change alsoprovides the best tide for quite afew years. Speedy course times areanticipated as a result, especiallyif the traditional spring westerlykicks in.Further competitor incentivesinclude a revised entry feestructure with team entry fees inparticular reduced by a quarterand Individual fees also tweakedsouthwards. Everyone still getsto add to their ThermaTech topcollection.Hard copies of the entry form areavailable from Canoe & Kayakoutlets or from the race organisers:Nelson Associates Ltd., PO Box25475, St Heliers, Auckland (Tel.025 821562) The entry form is alsoavailable off the www.head2head.net.nz website.RegardsAlan Nelson, Race DirectorI S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6 2 9


to surf skis and outriggers, and have seen over 100 competitors racing over a 5km course. The winners vary according to the conditions: K1 paddlers like BenFouhy often win when the water is flat, but the more experienced ski paddlerscome into their own on rough days.As surf ski paddling becomes more popular in NZ, more and more races arebeing organized. The King of the Harbour is held near Auckland every year andis the major NZ surf ski race with many top international paddlers competing.Some multisport races like the Moehau Man are ideally suited for surf skis,and the race across lake Taupo would be perfect for surf skis in a strong tailwind. There is a calendar of local and international surf ski races on the surfski website www.surfski.co.nz.Precautions:New Zealand maritime laws require a buoyancy device for each person ona craft, meaning that you must wear or have on the boat a personal flotationdevice. While some might dispute the value of such a device, most organisedraces will not allow you to start without one, and you could potentially beprosecuted if you don’t have one. While many paddlers often just strap alifejacket onto their boat, this is not much good to you if your boat blowsaway, so on rough days even the best paddlers normally wear their buoyancydevice.In strong winds, if you do tip off a surf ski and do not hold onto the footstraps,it will quickly blow away, leaving you alone in the water without a boat. For thisreason, beginners are encouraged to either tie a strap between their waist andthe footstraps, or tie their paddle to the ski. This should not be done in rivers!You are also encouraged to wear bright colours, and remember that raising yourpaddle in the air not only makes you more visible, it means that you want help.Finally, never paddle alone in a strong off-shore wind! And have fun!Photos by Sharon DuckerGrade Two River CertificatesAsk anybody who has competed in a multisport race and they will sayOne or two weekends trainingIs just NOT ENOUGH!!!We believe our comprehensive Grade 2 Training & Certification is the best you can get.To gain the skills to confidently paddle on white water, you need between3 and 8 weekends on the water with an instructor.PHONE NOW0800 529256OR CALL IN TO YOUR LOCAL CANOE & KAYAK CENTREFOR MORE DETAILS AND COURSE DATES2006 Multisport Package $795OfficialSponsorI S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6 3 1


Destination TaupoLOADS OF FUNIf it’s a kayaking holiday you are after, then look no furtherthan the Central North Island - Taupo has such a varietyof pristine and varied waterways, it’s hard to beat!Mostactivities involve only a short drive and can be easilyorganised as half day or day trips. If camping is not your thingyou can head back to town and unwind with a well-deservedhot thermal soak and a glass of wine.Lake Taupo - Maori CarvingsIn the Eastern Corner of Mine Bay you will find some amazing artwork carvedinto the rock face. In the late 1970’s master carver Greg Whakata - Brightwelland Jono Randell began work on the carvings in the tradition of the localNgati Tuwharetoa. Greg’s aim was to encourage and involve young peopleinto carving and all aspects of Maori art. Standing at ten metres tall, they arean impressive sight from a sea kayak. The ideal ‘put in’ would be Acacia BaySouth. Toilet and parking facilities are there. Allow four hours for a leisurelyreturn journey. On fine days lunch stops are possible on the rocks.Lake HinemaiaiaIf wind conditions on Lake Taupo are unfavourable then head to the bushand discover Lake Hinemaiaia. Tucked away in the hills above Hatepe (halfway between Taupo and Turangi) you will find a beautiful little lake fed by aslow moving shallow river system. The river was dammed in the mid 1900’sand supplied power for the Taupo region. At the top of a winding dirt track isthe ‘put in’. The lake itself is only 33ha and is fed by a river that winds downfrom another two lakes for a couple of km’s. As you paddle along you willsee submerged trees with strange foliage, native bush and plenty of wildlifeincluding blue ducks, paradise ducks, swallows, fan tails and even the oddpossum and trout. The lake eventually getsquite narrow and turns into a small stream.If you have the strength to paddle up it youwill find moss covered cliffs dripping withwater - very surreal. Allow 3 hours for a verycomfortable paddle, suitable for all as dueto the surrounding ignimbrite cliffs the windwill not raise a wave above 30cm.Waikato River - Control Gatesto Reids FarmA popular family outing. A short leisurelypaddle from the source of the Waikatohot poolers - Waikato RiverRiver, Lake Taupo.Get in at the Control Gates Lagoon and let the river take you down stream,experiencing natural thermal hot pools, rock jumps and if you’re game, someGrade 2 rapids to play in. The ‘get out’ is at Reids Farm Scenic Reserve. Besure to get out there or you may end up taking a very close look at Huka Falls!!Huka Falls is 1km downstream from Reids Farm. When the river is on a lowflow you may be lucky enough to see some gnarly white water paddlers goingover the falls.Mihi Bridge to Oraki Korako - Waikato RiverAn easy day’s paddle, great for the summer months. There are good placesfor a swim, like by the Tutukau Bridge. Look for the hot thermal stream nearWharerarauhe - always good for a soak. Further upstream it’s possible to cookin the hot (very) spring. Try cooking up some corn cobbs, spuds or sausagesfor lunch.The Scenery varies from farmland to native bush finishing at OrakiMaori Carvings Lake TaupoKorako thermal resort. Jump on their motor boat and explore the amazingthermal area with geysers, hotpools bubbling mud and caves... Permission isneeded for the landing at Oraki Korako.Canoe and Kayak Taupo specialises in tours,team building and instruction. Why not let usorganize and guide you or your group on oneof these fantastic trips.Other options include the Mohaka River... easyrapids for the more adventurous - suitable forbeginners, day and overnight options.Whanganui River Wilderness Adventures...multiday options.White Water guiding also available -all grades...Bush Walk/Kayaks, Western Bays, Lake Taupo...Speak to Freddy or Steve at the Taupo Canoe and Kayak Centre store for moreinfo 07 3781003 or taupo@canoeandkayak.co.nz.new inset carving - fun out on the lake3 2 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


Huka Falls10 DECEMBER 2006Run 13kmCycle 58kmKayak 19kmWaikato River90 kilometres coast to coast acrossthe Auckland isthmus. From NorthHead, Manukau Harbour on theTasman Sea, to North Head,Waitemata Harbour on the PacificOcean, the course is distinctive andchallenging. “Head to Head” is anexciting race and also an adventure,a journey of discovery throughAuckland’s surprisingly wild andscenic places. Compete as anindividual or in a three person team.Masons rock, Western Bays Lake TaupoFor further information or an entry form,contact the event organisers:Nelson Associates,P.O. Box 25 475, St Heliers,Auckland. Phone (09) 585 1970,email: nelson.as@clear.net.nzwww.head2head.net.nzRangataiki RiverI S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6 3 3


Coast to Coast In The BeginningThe Southern Alps, shaped to the west by the pounding surf of the TasmanSea and to the right by the Pacific Ocean, remain largely the way thatEuropean settlers found them when they forced their way across thecountry in the 1860s. And it’s this same wild and unspoiled wildernessthat has attracted endurance athletes from all over the world to theSpeight Coast to Coast.New Zealand’s favourite race turns 25 in February. It’s hard to fathom thatmultisport, and the race that created it, has been around for a quarter of acentury. This year close to 1000 entrants from 11 countries will line up for the25 th anniversary event, a far cry from the 79 who stood on the Kumara Beachstart line 25 years ago.From early settlers forging a life in the land, to the first to scale the world’shighest mountain, to excellence in sports such as triathlon, distance running,cycling and kayaking, New Zealand’s history is rich in pursuits of adventureand endurance. So it was probably only a matter of time before we combinedthese pursuits. But the man who actually did was an eccentric tourist operatorwhose vision of a race across New Zealand’s Southern Alps actually kick-startedan entire sport.In 1980 Robin Judkins and a group of mates embarked on an epic adventurefor no better reason than to see what was out there. They kicked off by climbingthe 3000m high Mt Aspiring, then trekked down to the Matukituki River to kayakacross Lake Wanaka and down the Clutha River to the sea. They dubbed theexpedition ‘Aspiring to the Pacific’, but toward the end of the 12-day journey oneof Judkins’ companions commented that had they started on the western sideof Mt Aspiring they would quite literally have crossed the country from ‘coastto coast’ For Judkins it was like a light bulb exploding inside his head.It took three years for the concept to become reality, and another five yearsfor it to become an international success. In the first two years entries of just79 and 143 competitors saw him perilously close to bankruptcy. But instead ofgiving up he convinced TVNZ to air the event and the award winning imagesby Michael Jacquesof human will against an uncompromising environment were so inspiringthat in the next three years he got more than 300 entries. By 1990 more than600 people from half a dozen countries were lining up, and this year Judkinsexpects to crack 1000 for the first time.The concept was a classic from the first, combining the West Coast’s uniquecharm and history with a route through the Main Divide that dates back tothe 12 th century when Maori started exploring the West Coast in search of thecoveted Pounamu. It starts on the West Coast’s Kumara beach with competitorsceremoniously dipping a toe in the Tasman before sprinting off the beach atthe first sign of the sun rising over the Southern Alps. A 3k run is followed by a55k road cycle to the foot of the Alps for a 36k mountain run across Goat Pass toArthur’s Pass. A 15k cycle leads to the Waimakariri River for 67k of white waterkayaking down to the Canterbury Plains for a final 70k cycle to finish at SumnerBeach, where finishers can stand in the Pacific as they try to comprehend whatit means to race across your country.Recreational competitors can compete over two days as either individuals ortwo-person teams, with the first cycle and run finishing at an overnight campat Arthur’s Pass in the heart of the Southern Alps. But it is the One-Day WorldChampionship race that is the feature of the Speights Coast to Coast.Past winners like Kathy Lynch (4 times), Kristina Strode-Penny (twice) andSteve Gurney (nine times), have become household names. Current championRichard Ussher (2005, 06) has also won the last two adventure racing worldtitles, but for 99.9 percent of the field the challenge is exactly what RobinJudkins first envisioned.Judkins dreamed up this classic concept inspired by the thought of crossingthe country under his own steam, and he knew others would be too. Now,25 years after he gave a trademark cackle and sent 79 athletes off into theunknown, multisport is part of mainstream New Zealand. If you’re not intomultisport, then you know someone who is. If you haven’t done the SpeightsCoast to Coast, then you know someone who has. Either way we’ll probablysee you in Kumara this February.3 4 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


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Naki ReportWell on Saturday the boys in the Naki got out for a fish and with thenews out that the reserve at White Cliffs was commencing on the9th of October, there was bound to be a good turnout. Wondaboyand I arrived at 7.30 to find that Bruce & Gary were already paddlinginto the sunrise so we quickly set up the yaks. During this timeNubee and Jason had arrived. We decided to head straight outas there was plenty of action with birds diving frantically. Wepulled out the soft plastic baits (SP’s) and were instantly pullingin kawahai (KY), with Nubee and Wondaboy pulling in the oddsnapper up to 5lb. After 3/4 of an hour Wondaboy headed out toone of our spot X’s and I followed shortly afterwards. When I gotthere, Wondaboy had already dropped the anchor and Bruce &Gary weren’t far away, so I decided to head out deeper to someclear un-burlied water. After about 3/4 of a km paddle I foundsome good structure with good fish signs and lots of kelp. I hadn’tfished this reef before, as I didn’t know it was there, so I was quiteexcited about its prospects. Dogfish arrived shortly after anddropped anchor behind me. The day dragged on, with only 300mmfish being caught, which were released, some KY and a nice bluecod. Dogfish had lost a 10lb snapps at the side of his yak, so theair was foul for a short time.Bruce had paddled out to see what was going on, just as my stray line peeledout and soon a nice 8lb snapps was in the bin. With that Bruce dropped anchorand was soon joined by Gary. However nothing eventuated so by about 1.30everyone started packing up. As Dogfish came past I explained he was goingtoo early as the big snapps would be on the bite in about 1/2 an hour. “NA bitetimes been” was his reply. Dogfish had paddled about 1km when the girl at theWhite Cliffs supermarket announced that they were having a closing down saleand snapps were on special. A work up started, so I quickly put fresh baits onand burled frantically. My stray line peeled out and as I was reeling it in myledger sang out, so I flicked the lever on it, set a tight drag and got back to thebusiness at hand. During this time my ledger was still screaming. After about5 to 10 minutes a nice 17.5lb snapps greets me at the side of the yak. Eager toget to my ledger, as it was bent over screaming, I dragged the snaps on board,taking out my fish finder mounting bracket (well it was heavy) I sat on thesnapps and got down to business once again to deal with my ledger. Soon anice 8lb snapps joined the 17.5 on the deck. Wondaboy had seen this and likea true professional, changed tactics, putting away his SP and dropped baits.Keen to get my lines back in the water, I sat on the two snapps, re-baited andafter this I got back to dealing with my snapps. During this process the linespeeled out again. I reeled them in and a couple of 7lb snapps joined the pile onthe deck (I’m starting to think I’m going to need a bigger yak) I baited, up againand turned sideways on my yak so I can deal with the next fish as I was in a bitof a dilemma as to where I was going to put it. My stray peeled out, so I tightenedthe drag and left it screaming while I cleared the deck. My ledger bounced andscreamed, however my concentration was on my stray line, as the rod had quitea bend in it. The excitement was mounting and the adrenalin pumping. A 15lbsnapps was slapped on the deck and I instantly turn to my ledger and another8lb snapps joins the 15lbder. It quietened off, which gave me time to gathermy thoughts and get some sort of organized chaos happening.My ledger nodded and gave a short burst, so I causally set the hook, whichresulted in the reel screaming. This fish had gone 50metres in a matter ofseconds. I played the fish for about 15 minutes. Then the biggest snapper I’veever seen popped to the surface. I thought he’d given in, but he gave a flap ofhis tail and peeled me back to the bottom. About 5 minutes later I once againhad him at the side of the yak. He opened his jaws, bit down, going through60lb steel trace, gave a flick of his tail and was gone. You can imagine the lyricsto the song that followed. F$$&%@. A couple more snapps went in the bin tomake my limit and it was time to go home. Wondaboy also had a good haul,with 8 snapps from 6lb to 8lb. At one time he too was peeled out with just afew spools left on his reel when he was busted off.News Flash, I have since heard that Nubee was up to his old tricks when headingback in. He jumped off his yak (so he said) letting his yak go when Bruce wasahead of him. Next thing Bruce is sitting in the wrong yakA great day, but a hard paddle back loaded down with snapps.CheersPeter Florence3 6 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


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Long Lining froma kayak by Peter TownendTuesday morning and I’m suffering fromlack of sleep. A good movie and thena sick kiddy, my eyes and head are abit tired.There is heaps to do today, must prioritize!Options are endless. “Ah that’s very important”,look outside. “Yes not too much wind and the sunis shining”, and check tides and weather “YES!”The absolute priority is to go fishing with a newlong line sent to me by Kayakcessories. BecauseI have never used a long line I flicked the CD intothe computer, sat back and nodded knowingly tomyself for 5 minutes.Kayak on the roof, fishing gear in the truck, departhome 5 minutes latter.Browns Bay ReefOut on the water the wind was gusting 15 knotsfrom the Nor West, probably on the edge ofconditions for running a long line from a kayak.However I felt confident enough to run out 9 of theeighteen hooks I had pre-baited on the beach. Thesystem worked really well. After only a five-minutevideo I did not make a mistake.The wind continued to stiffen as forecasted so Ipaddled around for only ten minutes hoping thata Kahawai was hungry enough to grab the plasticlure. Nope ‘No bites’. The wind was still fresheningso it was time to head for sheltered waters. Pullingup this Long line proved to be straightforward andsimple.And look at this. Two Kahawai for my trouble. Notbad for ten minutes in the water.I certainly intend to go again and have another playon a more settled day.On a cautionary note it would be very easy to getinto trouble with any long line when wind, waves orcurrent cause sudden pulling pressure on the wriststrap. So pick a place where the conditions are softand I think you will catch a ton of fish. Also I wouldhave preferred to be in my Fish & Dive. Its stabilitywould have made it easier and safer.Thanks Graham for sending me this new tool.Kahawai is the kids favourite when cooked in abake as follows:• Lay out the Kahawai fillets in a shallow oiledbaking dish.• Cover with a mixture of breadcrumbs, gratedlemon rind, grated cheese and a little oil.• Bake in a moderate oven, until golden brownon top.YumNow back to the priority list.Cheers Peter Townend3 8 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


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Shark Encounter…by Nathan PettigrewIt was to be another windy day here in Mt Maunganui but Ithought if I got out early enough for a fish I might be right fora few hours. And I was right!I headed out at 9am, the sun was shining, very little wind and I had a goodfeeling about the days fishing! You see, us ‘fisho’s’ get these feelings, I thinkits part of the build up to the day and boy was I amped! I was trying some newmackerel bait that I managed to get from one of the fishing trawlers. Now, ifyou think bonito is oily then you should see this bait! It absolutely pongs, andthat’s when it’s frozen! It is that bad, which actually makes it that good! Plus Ihad my faithful yellow flasher lures which seem to work a charm on snapper.So off I paddled to my little faithful spot about 1400 metres past Rabbit Islandready for some action. I KNEW it was going to be a great day. What I didn’tknow was how big and dangerous the action was going to be.It didn’t take long for me to get out there, set the anchor, threw some mackerelon a hook and dropped it to the bottom. Remember, I like to use light gear, Ibasically use a kid’s reel with about 3 or 4 pound nylon, so if I hook somethingit’s fair game. And it’s more fun than just winding them in. That to me is notfishing. So some of the fish caught can take a little while to bring in.After about 3 minutes, my lucky spot didn’t let me down and my line wastugging again, nothing big at this stage. I have found the bigger snapper tendto come in a little later and literally take over.The first fish was a nice pan-sized snapper, not huge, but something to keepthe good lady happy for the filleting that I was about to do in her kitchen laterthat evening. You see guys, it’s about balance and remembering these words‘ and look what I caught YOU honey!’ It’s worked for me so far!Back to the fishing…the next fish gave a few initial tugs but relaxed prettyquickly into the fight so I wasn’t sure what I was pulling up. Then I saw it, anew species caught on my kayak, Terakihi. I was wrapped! I dropped morebait down bearing in mind that I had already caught a few other smaller fish,which I released, so there was a lot of action in the water. At one stage I gota mammoth hit, the rod bent over and peeled out line. A large snapper hadtaken the bait, run with it but dropped it soon afterwards. I couldn’t believemy bad luck when I’d lost it but I knew he’d still be down there so I kept baitingup. I pulled in a few more pannies which I released and then hooked anotherterakihi which I threw in the back with my 2 other fish. This time I rigged apiece of bait which had some bones sticking out of it from all angles. For a bitof bait, it actually looked pretty good I thought! I figured the smaller ones mightnot bother due to the bones whereas the bigger snapper wouldn’t care muchand just gulp it down. My philosophy was right. BANG! You guessed it, the rodbent yet again and the reel began screaming. However, this time it didn’t stop!But then, things would turn bad…The wind had picked up which I wasn’t too concerned about. What did concernme was that not 30 seconds into the snapper taking the bait, a large fin passedme on the left side of my kayak! And when I saw that fin, words came to mymind (and in fact I think I actually said them aloud) that I probably could notmention in this article.It was swimming in circles about 6 metres away from the kayak, fin out of thewater. It would then head towards the kayak and glide underneath me. If itwere a dolphin (like it was 2 days prior) then I would have reached down andtouched it but as it was an 8ft MAKO shark I didn’t have the same sought ofurge. Funny that.I must admit, butterflies in my stomach were an understatement compared tohow I was feeling at the stage that I saw that fin, but there was just one thing Icould think about… Getting that damn snapper! Unfortunately the shark wasobviously of the same opinion. I also had my knife close at hand just in case.But it’s a knife designed to fit inside one of my hatches and when I looked atthe size of the shark’s head as it torpedoed past, I quickly realized that it mayas well have a been a tooth pick.So I had two major extremes, a big snapper that I was not prepared to lose anda Mako shark that I couldn’t take my eyes off. Each time she passed under thekayak I could see her big black eyes looking up at me. I could almost hear hersaying, “Don’t worry, stay cool, I’m just waiting for your fish!” Every now and thenthe shark would ‘bolt’ and man, those things can move! I’ve never seen anythinglike it! But of course it is the second fastest fish in the ocean. I have beenintrigued by sharks since the age of 8 years old, I have every book imaginableon them but to see them like that is absolutely amazing! A-la natural.Now remember the snapper was a decent size and I use light gear so he justkept going and each time I retrieved line it would take off again. I had not felta fish like that before and he was mine! After about 10 long minutes of fightingthe fish I could feel him lifting off the bottom, my line was coming in faster now,however I’m not sure if it was because I thought “to hell with this, if it breaks itbreaks!” or because I knew that was when the shark would strike.Shark? Hang on, what shark? I couldn’t see it anymore. Suddenly I saw theswivel, which attached my 2 metre trace line, so I went for it! I grabbed theline by hand and starting pulling it up from underneath my kayak and that’swhen I saw the head of this snapper! WOW! Awesome size. As I’m writing this4 0 I S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6


ight now, I can feel the butterflies churning againbecause as I pulled the snapper next to the kayak,the Mako came up with it, with the tail end of thesnapper in its mouth. But I wasn’t about to give upwithout a fight. If I had shot nearly all my nervesthen why not shoot the last of them! Besides, I hadcome this far with catching this snapper!The shark smacked itself against the side of thekayak and rolled on its side. That’s when I realizedit was a female as it had no claspers. I cant believeat that time that I thought “Oh, it’s a girl”! You wouldhave thought I had better things to worry about!With absolute ease the Mako bit through mysnapper and as the rest of it went into the back ofmy kayak I distinctly remember thinking to myselfright at that time, why couldn’t she have taken asmaller one?! Isn’t it amazing what you think atthe best of times!I can tell you one thing though, you have neverseen someone pull up an anchor so fast! The Makowas still circling obviously wanting the rest of whatshe thought was her fish. But hey, she had her half,fair is fair!The wind had risen to twenty knots but I poweredback to the nearest boat 1300 metres away justbehind Rabbit Island. . My neck was sore fromconstantly looking behind me for a fin. But I got backwith two Terakihi and one and a half snapper!Interestingly enough, the first thing the guy said tome when I got to his boat was, “shit mate, you’rea fast paddler!” Now, how could you not laugh atthat especially when he didn’t even know of mylittle encounter.So let’s look at this: Sharks are there, there is nodenying that, so no one should freak out about ashark just doing its own thing.Remember also that the bait I was using wasincredibly oily and I was cutting up bait on thekayak before splashing it off with saltwater to cleanthe deck. I was also throwing the gut of the bait overthe side. This, coupled with the constant action ofa few fighting fish on a line, is like a dinner bell toa shark. It’s no different from KFC across the roadfrom the shop here. It’s bloody tempting!One thing is for sure though, no shark is going tobeat me and my mighty Fish ‘n’ Dive kayak!Kiwi Association of SeaKayakers N.Z. Inc.(KASK)KASK is a network of sea kayakersthroughout New ZealandKASK publishes a 200 pagesea kayaking handbook whichis free to new members: thehandbook contains all youneed to know about seakayaking: techniques andskills, resources, equipment,places to go etc.KASK publishes a bi-monthly newslettercontaining trip reports, events, book reviews,technique/equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’file. KASK holds national sea kayaking forums.Website:www.kask.co.nzAnnual subscription is $35.00.KaskPO Box 23, Runanga 7841,West CoastHi thereLast week I took the week off and fished theCoramandelKane Davis (10 years old) caught this snapper out ofStony Bay in his Kayak on light tackleIt measured 58cm (aprox 7 - 8 lb)It proves that kayak fishing isn’t just for adults (somegood advertising for Cobra Plays!!)We had an awesome week with great weatherCheers IanI S S U E T H I R T Y e i g h t • 2 0 0 6 4 1


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the tandemfiSh n’ diveSwing 400 PLuSA ‘two person’ kayak, ideal for fishing, surfing andexploring. It has great hatches for storing youradventure equipment. Now available with threeperson option. It is often used by one person.Prices start at $1195Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.90 kg, Width: 915 mmThe ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well islocated in the stern and holds up to three tanks.There is one centrally located seat and a smallercompanion seat near the bow.Prices start at $1095Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.85 kg, Width: 914 mm(hatches & accessories not included)eScaPadeFishing, cruising, well appointed with gear storageinside. Also includes an optional extra pod thatdetaches, which is great for carrying your fishinggear to your favourite spot.Prices start at $1199Length: 4.01 m, Weight: 25 kg, Width: 780 mmexPLorerationalacadia 470Great general purpose kayak for fishing, diving andhaving fun in the sun.Prices start at $1019Length: 3.46 m, Weight: 27 kg std, Width: 750 mmcobra StrikeIdeal for fishing, surfing and exploring and one ofthe driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Great hatches forstoring your goodiesPrices start at $849Length: 3.43 m, Weight: 18.18 kg std, Width: 790 mmSwing 470 PLuSA great fun family boat with plenty of freeboardallowing for a heavy load. Excellent for shelteredwater exploring. Paddles quickly and has excellentstability. Dry storage compartment.Prices start at $1599Length: 4.7 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 830 mmmicro dry Stuff SackSA Wave Ski which the whole family can enjoy.Fantastic in the surf, it‘s a fast and manoeuvrablesit-on-top.Prices start at $849Length: 2.92 m, Weight: 161 kg std, Width: 685 mmoPti dry Stuff SackA fantastic two person cruising kayak which is stableand fast. It has plenty of storage and great features tomake your adventures fun.Prices start at $1399Length: 4.75 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 840 mmcobra marauderCompact splash proof protection for all yourvaluables and electronics. Constructed with 70DHex rip-stop nylon with and easy-to-use three rollclosure system.$29.90The Opti Dry is super-tough and super-clear.Constructed with heavy-duty clear vinyl and anabrasion resistant bottom.10Ltr $29.90 - 21Ltr $34.90 - 41Ltr $44.90The new Marauder available this Christmas.Designed for the serious kayak fisherman.Performs very well in surf and will be thissummer’s hot fishing boat.Prices start at $1455Length: 4.27 m, Weight: 28 kg std, Width: 750 mm


aDVeNtUre DUetGLaDIatorFIreBoLtThis lightweight, very fast and recently updatedAdventure Racing double kayak continues todominate adventure racing in NZ and is verysuitable as a recreational double.Prices start at $5760Length: 7m, Weight: 26 kg Glass, 24 kg Kevlar,Width: 550 mmSwaLLowThis fast, stable kayak with its larger cockpit is builtfor the bigger paddler looking for a longer, stablekayak for Coast to Coast etc.Prices start at $2860 Glass $3170 KevlarLength: 5.9 m, Width: 530 mmWeight: 12 kg to 15 kg depending on construction,INtrIGUeThis new, very user friendly kayak with itsexcellent combination of speed and stabilitysupercedes our very popular Opus. It is suitablenot only for the intermediate / advanced paddler,but also for the busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’.Prices start at $3170Length: 5.9m, Weight: 12kg, Width: 455 mmThe next step up from the entry level kayaks. Fastwith good stability. Medium skill ability is requiredto enjoy racing this kayak. A very popular Coast toCoast kayak.Prices start at $2710, $2940 KevlarLength: 5.4 m, Weight: 12 kg , Width: 480 mmthe eLIMINatorThis kayak is ideal for the beginner/entry levelkayaker who is looking for a quick, light kayak withgreat stability. Very suitable for first time Coast toCoasters.Prices start at $2460, $ 2740 KevlarLength: 4.94 m, Weight: 14.5kg , Width: 540 mmMaXIMUSMultisportSUrF SKIA fast stable racing and training ‘Sit -on’. It has anadjustable dry seat and a cool draining system.Ideal for the paddler wanting a good fitness workout.Prices start at $1549Length: 5.03 m, Weight: 19.09 kg std, Width: 585 mmVIPerFast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak. The broadbow allows this kayak to ride over waves like a surfski without losing any speed and is easy to controlwhile surfing. A low profile reduces buffeting bythe wind in adverse conditions.Prices start at $3195Length: 6.43 m, Weight: 16.5 to 19 kg, Width: 510 mmreBeLAn excellent training and competition surf ski, canbe used with under-slung rudder or rear mountedrudder.Prices start at $1649Length: 5.29 m, Weight: 21 kg kg std, Width: 510 mmoCeaN XThis boat is designed as an entry level alternativeto expensive composite crafts, has good stabilityand speed. Colours: Stone grey, Mango, Whitegranite, Lime, Yellow.Prices start at $1549Length: 5.15 m, Weight: 22 kg std, Width: 550 mmThe Rebel is designed for paddlers of bothgenders up to 75kgs. At 5.65 metres long, the Rebelis half way between the length of the Swallow andthe Opus or Firebolt and is faster than them all.Prices start at $3150Length: 5.65 m, Weight: 11 kg std, 23kg lite, Width: 450mmThe Ocean X is suitable for kayak racing in themany harbours, estuaries and lakes of NewZealand and lends itself well to the kayak sectionsof many multisport races.Prices start at $3200 Fibreglass, $3700 KevlarLength: 6.4 m, Weight: 16.5 kg std, 23kg lite, Width: 500 mm


aD 180MyStICraD 185Big air for big times..... Unbeatable for looseness,zippiness, and speed and it’s even got better withall the new goodies we’ve put inside. Lighter andstronger. Perfectly fitted for the mid-sized boater.Prices start at $1295Length: 1.82 m, Weight: 16kg, Width: 660mmBuilt to be bullet proof. Designed to meet thedemands of the purest creek boater who’s lookingfor the next level of performance. A hull to get upand go and enough rail to hang on line. This is aserious addition to the creek boating worldPrices start at $1495Length: 2.43 m, Weight: 21.5 kg, Width: 660mmhUKaOur first RAD creation and still the best for flyingout our door. It’s hull performance is the envyof all. Now fully refurbished. Offers comfort andperformance not often found by the mid to largersized paddler.Prices start at $1295Length: 1.87 m, Weight: 15 kg, Width: 660 mmMaC 1white waterraD 195Faithful all the way. As popular now as ever. It’sfriendly manner and ability to run wild creekscontinues to impress. This boat floats small tomedium sized boaters very well.Prices start at $1295Length: 2.35 m, Weight: 18 kg std, Width: 660 mmSCUDThis is a performance kayak. Responsive edgesand a very fast planning hull. From extreme racing,running wild creeks, to teaching kayaking, the MAChas delivered for all. Fits a mid to larger paddlerwell.Prices start at $1295Length: 2.43 m, Weight: 21.5 kg std, Width: 665 mmPaDDLe jaCKetSFroM NZ’SLeaDINGSUPPLIerSSo they to, can now fly. Slightly longer for it’swidth, there is no man we haven’t been able to fitand float successfully in here. Also recommendedby some a little lighter, as being a mighty fineperformance creeker.Prices start at $1295Length: 2.0m, Weight: 16 kg std, Width: 680 mmGUIDe BooKThe new updated issue is in store this Xmas, lotsof the best rivers to go and play on with your newtoy. Remember Canoe & Kayak runs comprhensiveriver training courses to give you the skills to enjoyand be safe on the river.$34.99There an’t nothing you can’t bomb with a SCUD!!!!!Evolution or Revolution, who cares. One thingsfor sure, this boat is the hottest ride in a long time.Innovative, both in design and construction, allthings to all people, the “SCUD” is simply like noother.Prices start at $1495Length: 2.03 m, Weight: 17 kg std, Width: 660 mmSPray DeCKSFroM NZ’SLeaDINGSUPPLIerSA comfortable performance orientated sea kayakwhich will suit all sizes of paddlers with plentyof foot room for the bigger ones. Handles well inrough conditions, a fun boat to paddle.Prices start at $96.00Paddle Jackets keep you warm and dry, which ona cold mountain feed river or a windy day on theocean makes for a warm very enjoyable day.Prices start at $169.95rooF raCKSSuppliers and installers ofthULeMoNDIaLProraCKWith one of the best ranges of Roof Racks in thecountry, we can give you great options on strongdependable racks and accessories that will dothe job. We test them everyday on our cars andcommercials and only sell the ones that are toughenough to stand up to our demanding businessand private needs.


SUPer LatItUDeLatItUDe StUFF SaCKPaCK SINKEco-friendly PVC Free Super Latitudes feature thegreat wide mouth-lateral design utilize the bestmaterials and features. Slides easily into kayakhatches. While our hands-free AutopurgeTMvalve automatically purges the air as the bag iscompressed or stuffed into tight spaces.10Ltr $69.90 - 21Ltr $79.90 - 51Ltr $119.90oMNI Dry BaCKPaCK140 litresHuge says It we put a gutair In one last weekend,huge storage. A heavy-duty 3-roll closure systemand adjustable, padded shoulder straps.$99.00yaKIty yaK KayaK CLUBWith full horizontal access, our Latitudes eliminatethe hassle of having to dig vertically to getat what you want. Built with a polyester body andheavy-duty vinyl ends, Latitudes are builtto perform, but at a value price!10Ltr $54.90 - 21Ltr $64.90 - 51Ltr $99.90Please Note:For the kayaks advertised, theprice is for the kayak only, it doesnot necessarily include any of theaccessories, hatches, seats etc shownin the photos. The prices were correctat the time of printing however dueto circumstances beyond our controlthey may alter at any time. Pleasecontact your nearest Canoe & KayakCentre and they will put together agreat package of the best equipmentavailable for your kayaking fun.KayaK ShoPS For SaLeOur 15 litre capacity square camp sink can’t bebeat. The Pack Sink’s unique square shape makescleaning larger items simple and it folds flat foreasy (out of the way) storage when not in use.$39.90rooF raCKSSuppliers and installers ofthULeMoNDIaLProraCKWith one of the best ranges of Roof Racks in thecountry, we can give you great options on strongdependable racks and accessories that will dothe job. We test them everyday on our cars andcommercials and only sell the ones that are toughenough to stand up to our demanding businessand private needs.BUy a SUBSCrIPtIoN toJoin the club. You will get a weekend skills courseto teach you techniques and safety skills and ayear’s membership. If you are keen to learn morethere is a bunch of courses to teach everythingfrom Eskimo Rolling to becoming an instructor.$299What a great way to earn a living. Working in arecreational retail business with heaps of timeoutdoors, floating on the sea with great company.Give Peter Townend a call on 09 473 0036and find out more.6 issues for only $30, saving nearly $6 off the newsstandprice, delivered free. This great magazinewill give you heaps of information and ideas toenjoy your kayaking.Subscription price to anywhere in NZ$30North ShoreUnit 2/20 Constellation Drive(off Ascension Place),Mairangi Bay, AucklandPhoNe: 09 479 1002aUCKLaND502 Sandringham RdSandringhamPhoNe: 09 815 2073SILVerDaLeDISTRIBUTION CENTRE7/28 Anvil Road, SilverdalePhoNe: 09 421 0662MaNUKaU710 Great South Road,ManukauPhoNe: 09 262 0209waIKatoThe corner Greenwood St &Duke St, State Highway 1 BypassHamiltonPhoNe: 07 847 5565Bay oF PLeNty3/5 Mac Donald StreettaUPo143 Ruapehu Street,hawKe’S Bay15 Niven StreettaraNaKIUnit 6, 631 Devon RoadweLLINGtoN2 Centennial HighwayMount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd)PhoNe: 07 574 7415TaupoPhoNe: 07 378 1003Onekawa, NapierPhoNe: 06 842 1305Waiwhakaiho, New PlymouthPhoNe: 06 769 5506Ngauranga, WellingtonPhoNe: 04 477 6911


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