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Commodore's Comment

It seems that this summer has flown by. Easter is just around the corner and Daylight Saving ends on the 1st April. I hope you all took advantage of the magnificent summer and spent some hours on the water.
On a recent trip I was given a reminder of how easily we take things for granted. I took my Australian nephew and his fiance on a trip in Queen Charlotte Sound. Just seeing their expressions and hearing their comments about what they were seeing and experiencing proved just what a gem we have on our doorstep. As well as being awed by the scenery, my nephew caught a 72cm kingfish and was amazed it was too small to keep - the biggest fish he has caught in approx 9 years of fishing in Australia was 55cm. They called fishing at Cook Rock "cheating" as they had never experienced fishing like that anywhere else.
However we all need to take care to protect and preserve what we have, not only for ourselves but for future generations. Therefore please take the opportunity to have your say at the MPI Blue Cod Strategy meeting here on the 29th March (see events below).
Thats enough fom me, enjoy this months newsletter.

Mike Quayle

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A Waka Oddysey

Mana Cruising Club was proud to host a series of events for th Porirua City Council as a part of the New Zealand Festival - A Waka Oddyssey. On the 1st of March two large traditionally designed Waka quietly sailed in to Mana Marina and berthed at the breastwork, and stayed until Sunday 4th March. On the friday and saturday many school children visitied to undertake activities and a Pasifica style day was held outside the club rooms on the saturday.


Prior to the waka departure, Vice Commodore Kim Harriss presented the two skippers with Mana Cruising Club plaques, and the club was presented with a signed photo of the two waka sailing off Petone.

Many visitiors came to admire the Waka and the intricate carvings. Janet Morris was on hand with her camera to capture some of these beautiful images of the event, Thank you again Janet for sending these in to the Editor.

The Rescuers

I wish to acknowledge some of our current members for their kindness and service to MCC members recently.

In the New Year I observed an MCC member’s vessel, MV Beast, a six metre trailer boat, assisting fellow members with a tow back to the marina from behind Mana Island.  This little boat was like “The Tug that Could!” assisting a much larger vessel back to the safety of the harbour.  The Skipper and crew member gave up their day fishing to assist.  A selfless act – especially when I was told that after two bags of burley the fish were coming on.
The MV Beast was the topic of discussion at our table and then the bar phone was handed to me.   “Our 30 foot Yacht is aground and has lost propulsion.  Could you please contact someone to help us.”   Their location was “just outside the bar”.
What are the chances of two tows being required in the space of an hour…?
Mike and Richie from The Beast were flushing their motor out in the yard when I asked them to help out again and they immediately said ”no worries mate.  Who ,where?  Right off we go!”.

The boys went out and over the bar and found no yacht.  We eventually learned that the yacht was inside Porirua harbour and stuck on a bar South of the marina! But we still could not see a yacht in difficulty. On contacting the yacht again it was not on the bar but on a bar in side the harbour.  A lesson to us all to make sure we give and ask for full information when assistance is requested.
The Mighty Beast towed the yacht and saved the day again.. well done and thank you boys.
Lindsey and I needed a tow at the end of January after a 16 hour sail back from Punga Cove with no motor and not enough wind to make it all the way in to the marina.   Lindsey and I wish to thank Johnny and Jayne, for coming out early in the morning after the Club New Year’s Eve party to help us back in to the marina.
It’s people like Mike, Richie, J & J that make MCC a great club.

Thank you all

Scott Hampton

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Mana Island New Resident Rangers

Kia ora koutou,
In February Chris Bell moved on to slightly warmer climes (just up the road to Kapiti Island) and myself (Nick) and Gen moved south having been the Kapiti Island rangers for the last 5 ½ years. We’ve both worked for DOC for 10 years or so in a wide range of jobs and places, and will be job sharing the role on Mana with some assistance from our 15 month old son who is an island ranger in early training. We feel very privileged to continue working on islands and in such special places such as Mana. We are slowly settling in and getting used to the similarities, differences and unique attributes that each island has. As we’ve been here such a short time, we’ll keep this update brief, but there’ll be more coming from us as we find our feet.
The resident takahē population on the island recently went through their annual health checks, and the six juvenile birds produced this summer were banded with identifying leg bands and vaccinated for their eventual move off the motu in the coming months. Mana has the largest population of takahē outside of Fiordland so it’s an incredibly important site for the recovery of the species.

A transfer of green geckos to Mana is planned for later on in the year. Last week a team of gecko experts visited the island to assess and identify suitable habitat for the release. A small fenced enclosure will be installed in the hope that keeping the geckos from dispersing too quickly will allow them to find each other and establish a breeding population. 
Even as the weather begins to get cooler and the days get shorter we look forward to welcoming those visiting the island during the winter. 
Ngā mihi
Nick and Gen

Nick Fisentzidis and Genevieve Spargo
Rangers, Biodiversity - Kaitiaki, Kanorau Koiora
Department of Conservation - Te Papa Atawhai

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Coastguard Update

Looking back over the summer months Coastguard Mana have had a relatively quiet boating season which reflects the great weather we have experienced and also the increased awareness by boaties of the basic safety measures we should all take before going to sea.
When we have been called out it seems that these things happen in threes, as on several occasions this summer we have attended one call out only for that to be followed in quick succession by two more!!
On the most recent event we had MR1 on the water for a training session and were called to assist a vessel which had run aground on the edge of the channel, followed by a run about with engine problems at Green point and then another vessel with an anchor rope fouled on a prop.
Earlier we also assisted in towing a yacht off a sand bank in Porirua Harbour which turned out to be quite a challenge.
Unfortunately our base hut was broken into this week and valuable hand held radios taken along with a small amount of cash. Following this event we are reviewing our security measures and will be looking at installing an alarm system.
Coastguard Mana will be supporting the 50th anniversary of the Wahine sinking in Wellington harbour on 10 April.

This will involve taking MR1 to Wellington and participating in the commemoration service and procession to the area where she went aground. This will be a major event and well worth attending if members have the time to do so. It seems amazing that 50 years have passed since this happened.
Finally we are in the final stages of scoping a joint project with Coastguard Wellington to replace our aging rescue vessels. More information will follow shortly.
Coastguard Mana

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Sailing Winter Series 2018

 Hi Everyone, it is that time of the year again to announce the start of the Winter Series racing.

We have our Sponsors arranged for the series, a big thank you to them for their support of the racing.  Please support them if you can.

Thanks also to Kevin who has been working on the faults in Mystery and he has completed the sea trials.  Kevin says that he is ready for the Racing series, Are you??

If any one is interested in joining the racing please come along to the registration evening to find out more, meet other sailors and perhaps take on an extra crew member as there are  several people who have indicated they would like to crew. (See note below).
Registration evening is planned for Wednesday 2nd May at 7pm in the Wardroom. The Notice of Race and the Sailing instruction will be sent out be shortly. If you would like this information but are not on the Sailing conveners list please let the office know and your email address can be added to ensure you receive the details.
2018 Winter Series Race Schedule
Date Race Schedule High Water Time Tide Height   Briefing Race Start
6/05/2018 1 long race 13:25 1.5   11:00 12:30
20/05/2018 2 short races 13:21 1.6   10:30 12:30
17/06/2018 1 long race 12:27 1.6   10:00 11:30
1/07/2018 2 short races 17:56 0.6   9:00 11:00
15/07/2018 1 long race 17:45 0.6   9:00 10:30
29/07/2018 2 short races 17:09 0.6   8:30 10:00
19/08/2018 1 long race 14:49 1.4   12:15 13:45
2/09/2018 1 long race 13:52 1.5   11:15 12:45
16/09/2018 1 Mark Foy / Reserve 13:34 1.6   11:00 12:30
23/09/2018   Prizegiving
High water times are measured at Mana 41.06S 174.52E
Happy sailing

John Setter
Sailing Convener

Also a message from a keen budding sailor looking for the opportunity to learn more;
 Doing the winter racing is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about sailing, but I also want to try and find someone with an H28 (as I'm pretty sure that's what I'll buy) and meet people who've done long-distance cruising so I know what to look for in a boat. I aim to buy one later this year and am reading all the books I can find, but it's good to talk to people too. I do know of one couple with an H28 at Mana (they're based in Foxton) and there's a possibility I could get out with them.  However if anyone else is in need of a crew member please get in touch.  My email address is
Many thanks

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Upcoming Events For Your Diary

March 2018

29th March Thursday at  1700  MPI Blue Cod Strategy meeting:  Please don’t miss this opportunity to have a say directly with MPI, it has taken a bit of convincing to get them to Wellington so please lets see some representation to support our argument.  They recognize our membership as significant stake holders in the Cook Strait Blue Cod fishery.

29th March from 1800 Asian Buffet night

April 2018

1st April Sunday- Last race of the season breifing 08.50 race starts 09.50.
4th April Wednesday - 1900 Guest speakers - Jeff Barnes and Trevor Burgess. Topic - Crossing the Cook Strait

10th AprilTuesday from 1130 - Waihine Disaster 50th Anniversary in Wellington.

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New ideas and requests for feedback;

There have been lots of ideas and suggestions offered up for discussion in the ward room between members but sometimes it can be hard to judge if this is a few members who think it's a good idea or many members who agree and are willing to do something about it.

This months topic for discussion - Who remembers the old handbooks given out to new members with useful informaion such as who owns which boat?  There is a club vessel register but this is not currently accessible to members.  The old books are quickly out of date and cost a lot to print.  Is there support for an electonic members register that could be emailed to members at the start of the year with names and possibly contact numbers so if there was any reason to contact an owner it would be possible.  However there may be objections in terms of privacy of information.  Please let your views be known to either the editor, secretary or

Last months topics of discussions have been -
1) A new wide screen  75" TV to replace the projector and screen in the bar.
OUTCOME - This has been set up and is in use. Those of us enjoying the rugby have appreciated being able to watch a clear picture even with the lights on. Thank you to all members who have made this happen.

2) Something more for the kids to do such as a TV/DVD or similar perhaps on the wall in the library area. 
OUTCOME - no objections have been posted to the Editor or secretary.  Therefore is anyone willing to investigate and instigate some changes on behalf of the younger members

3) As part of the yard clean up and re-organisation strategy could there be a recycling station set up instead of just landfill bins?  Could this be a joint project with the marina?  We are all trying to be tidy kiwis and take our rubbish home - but for some the marina is home.  Is this a project we all support?
OUTCOME - waiting for feedback from the club management regarding this.

The club needs your goodwill and interest to keep moving forward.  The committee appreciate your ideas and welcome suggestions to maintain and grow membership across all generations.  If you have an idea or suggestion for events, speakers, improvements to facilities etc. please let the committee know via an email or drop a note in the new suggestion box! 

If you are not in favour of any of these suggestions please email the office,, or me, 

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New Members

A very warm welcome to our new members listed below.  We know you will enjoy both the great facilities the club has to offer and the events organised by your committee.

Regular  Members

Kieran Janes Porirua Sea Fever Launch
Brian Ludlow Wellington Xanadu Trailer Craft
Stephen Mackfall Paraparaumu Redeemer Launch
Ben Moreland Porirua Belicia Trailer Craft
Fred Simpson Porirua Zodine Launch
Trevor & Kath Steenson Wellington Mr Minty Trailer Craft
Steve & Rochelle Strawbridge Paraparaumu Last Straw Trailer Craft
Alistair Taylor Pukerua Bay TBA Trailer Craft
Ray Toland Porirua Charlie Grace Trailer Craft
Antonio & Kim Ybarra Wellington Dorado Trailer Craft
Bowen Zhang Wellington TBA Trailer Craft

Associate members

Chris Brown Palmerston North
Terry & Marina Jones Porirua
Andrew & Sharon Porter-Ritchie Porirua
Greg Stobbs Paraparaumu

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Buy, Sell, Exchange

This space is for members to advertise "Buy, Sell and Exchange"  boating related items.  No more than maximum of sixty words can be accepted.   Please don't forget to include a picture and your contact details. Email your advert to

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