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Windsurfers - take ownership of your local site

This article in the Nelson Evening Mail discusses the rubbish issues around freedom campers, and specifically mentions a popular windsurfing spot in Atawhai. While windsurfers are undoubtedly not responsible for the mess its a timely reminder that while we may not make the mess its our backyard and we will suffer the most if it gets wasted. Broken glass, dog shit (and worse) are not conducive to a great days sailing, and it doesn't take much effort while taking a break to tidy up a bit. If there's no rubbish containers get the council to put something in. Take pride in the area and you'll get oneside big time with the locals too.

Chopper Appeal - one of those services we all appreciate

There are a number of services that as windsurfers we really appreciate - the Westpac Rescue Helicopter is one of those. Check out

Government wants to TRIPLE the size of the aquaculture industry - with what impact on our coastline?

The Government will be able to overrule regional councils on new aquaculture applications under rules designed to help triple the size of the industry. New recommendations outlined yesterday would see the Resource Management Act changed to allow the minister of fisheries and aquaculture to overrule decisions by regional councils in the national interest.

SOUTHERN LAKES WIND RIDERS CLUB NOTICE - Jardines launch site issue and social meetup

SPECIAL MEETING/SOCIAL ..... Special meeting to finalise Club position re Jardines Moorings Proposal + afterwards.. End of Season Social ....pizzas, cheap drinks, cool DVD's...

Aquaculture Technical Advisory Group Report: Summary of Submissions published

Yachting New Zealand: In the past few days the Ministry of Fisheries has released both a summary of submissions and copies of all 223 submissions made in relation to the Technical Advisory Group’s Report to ‘Restart Aquaculture’. It was pleasing to see the large number of strong and well-argued submissions from the recreational boating sector and other aligned groups.

Sea Week - clean up your local sailing spot

Sun 7 Mar 2010 - Sun 14 Mar 2010
Wherever you sail

Around the country DOC and other organisations run events and activities to help people discover what’s special about our ocean and how they can make a difference. From marine-themed trips to beach clean-ups and coastal plantings, there are plenty of opportunities for you to take part.

New Watersafety NZ website and 2009 Drowning report

Water Safety NZ have launched their new website and also released the 2009 Drowning Report. Not sure if windsurfing fits under 'sailing' or not but statistically it looks like sailing is about the safest thing you can do on the water (5 year average 1% of all drownings compared to around 10% each for power boats, boating and fishing). Click More for details and the report in pdf format.

Review of risk management and safety in the adventure and outdoor commercial sectors

New Zealand's adventure tourism safety record is again in the spotlight, with UK family members of tourists who lost their lives in accidents starting a group demanding changes. There is a review underway and it may be appropriate for WNZ to engage in this (unfortunately the closing date for submissions has passed - but we will follow up and also monitor the outcomes). Windsurfing has a good safety record, deaths and incidents tend to be incidental rather than directly attributable to the sport, however one area of potential interest for us is that of instruction and schools. The WNZ Instructor training scheme, and the soon to be reinstated school certification could be affected by this review.

Contaminated beaches 'getting worse' - NZ Herald

Despite being known worldwide for our scenic shores, some of our beaches are still not stacking up and may be getting worse.

Not much appears to have changed since a survey by Consumer New Zealand at the end of 2008 showed 29 per cent of New Zealand's beaches, lakes and rivers had bacteria levels so high they were deemed unsafe by the Ministry for the Environment.

Initial meeting with Yachting New Zealand 9 October 2009

Developing Windsurfing Further in NZ
Friday 9th October
12pm – 7pm
Yachting New Zealand (85 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auckland)

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