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April/May, 2014 Issue #141

Tonga - Port au Prince discovered?

The recently reported discovery in the Ha’apai Islands, Tonga, of the remains of the lost privateer Port au Prince, caused much interest in the world’s media; more so as the vessel is reported to have been carrying treasure. There was the announcement in 2009 by a local dive tour operator that he had discovered off Lifuka, an anchor he believed was from the privateer Port au Prince; he speculated the remains of the vessel would be
found nearby. Then in 2012 reports and images hit the media of the discovery of wreck remains reportedly from the Port au Prince off Ha’ano also in the Ha’apai island group. More

Pearse Resurgence - Quest or Obsession?

New exploration reaches 217m!
by Richard Harris
I am 170m underwater at the end of a massive marble tunnel, my scooter pulling me slowly but surely towards a large hole in the floor that I know drops into the next level of the cave.

I have been down there on previous occasions, each time unraveling more of the mystery of the Pearse Resurgence here in New Zealand’s South Island.

Western Pacific Naval Symposium’s Mine Counter Measures Exercises in New Zealand

by Dave Moran
How do you approach a mine on the bottom at 24 metres?’ I asked the US Navy diver. The diver flashed a look at the officer in charge as we bobbed up and down in an RIB off New Zealand’s Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

‘Sorry, we cannot discuss that’, came back an authoritative voice!


Also in this issue:

It's our big Travel Issue!
Pearse Resurgence Quest or Obsession? New exploration reaches 217m!
New Zealand’s Tonga Island Granite and giants.
Papua New Guinea/Great Barrier Reef There’s nothing quite like experiencing the real thing!
Sea of Japan Breaking stereotypes.
Antarctica The white wilderness exemplifies nature’s grandeur and humanity’s insignificance.
Niue What your mind pictures when you think of paradise.
Taking Kids on Your Dive Holiday Where to take them and how to keep them entertained.
New Caledonia The vast array of marine life almost guarantees every dive to be a stunner!
Vanuatu Diving the submarine nets.
The Dead Sea 426.5m below sea level it’s the deepest place on earth.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Underwater World Category Awards
Hawaii The Big Island
Tonga Privateer Port au Prince discovered?
Cook Islands Keeps even the most experienced diver enchanted and engaged.
Moolooaba HMAS Brisbane, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast
Navy Defence Force mine disposal
Medical: Coping with Fungal Infections
Incident Insights: Accident Report
Digital Imaging: GIMP, Alternative Image Editor
SEAFANZ Shades of Colour Photographic competition
Recipe: BBQ Spiced Salmon Steak
Fishing: The True Cost
Spearfishing Results North and South Island, New Zealand, results.
SEAFANZ Shades of Colour Photographic Competition This Issue's winners announced along with the overall annual winners!

this month's editorial - by dave moran

by Dave Moran
Most divers are very active in ensuring their diving activities are safe and conduct their dives accordingly. The Government is actively involved in ensuring that businesses providing adventure activities such as scuba diving are maintaining high safety and procedural standards.
You may recall in my August/September 2013 issue 137 editorial I mentioned that the government had started a process in 2011 for businesses to tidy up their procedures etc that they conduct in their day to day operations providing adventure activities to paying customers. The Government released their Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) – HSE/AA Regulations. Businesses had to register by 31 December 2013 with a full audit to be completed by November 2014. READ MORE & HAVE YOUR SAY

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