The New Zealand Coast Guard had the honor this week to hand over the “Achiever” vessel to its new owners, the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, where it will be used to support community water safety activities.
The handover, which was undertaken in accordance with current COVID-19 restrictions in Tāmaki Makaurau, included representatives from both sides and involved an official blessing ceremony.
From left to right – Tony Galloway (Coastguard New Zealand, Fleet Manager – North), Tu Te Kiha Penehira-Hawke, Sharon Hawke, Monique Pihema, Jonny Bannister (behind, Coastguard New Zealand, Regional Manager – North) and Wyllis Maihi.
Achiever has been ‘donated for the future’ as part of a larger community engagement initiative between Coastguard New Zealand and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei as we work together to reduce the number of preventable drownings in the Auckland region. Based in Ōkahu Bay, Achiever will be used to support Waka Ama events, marine research activities in the bay, including the development of new mussel beds, as well as water safety education with the local community. .
Sharon Hawke, Board Member of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust: “We are delighted to receive Achiever from Coastguard New Zealand who will add to our efforts to promote community water safety activities on Waitematā and throughout the region. With a busy summer ahead, we expect Achiever to see plenty of action on the water at our community events – maybe just at a slower pace than usual! “
Callum Gillespie, CEO of Coastguard New Zealand: “It’s the community that supports the community at its best. Thanks to the arrival of the 4UNZ America’s Cup boats, we were able to offer striker Achiever to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. We recognize Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei as mana whenua and we are committed to working closely with the hapū on a range of water safety initiatives and community engagement events to reduce preventable drownings in Aotearoa.
Over the past decade, Achiever has been a tremendous asset in community education and volunteer training. As well as being used as a dedicated training vessel for the Royal Yachting Association courses run by the Coast Guard, she has also supported our school vacation programs by putting many young New Zealanders on the water and helping to consolidate the knowledge of the classroom by applying it with their hands on the bar.
Achiever played a key role as a broken down vessel during the search and rescue training of our volunteers, providing them with the opportunity to hone their towing and barge skills – an area where knowledge and experience has come to the fore. a huge impact.
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