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Freediving with Sharks

Written by Steve Hathaway on May 12th, 2014.      0 comments


As each summer rolls around, something more predictable than the All Blacks being named favourites for every Rugby World Cup occurs. Along with the usual buzz in the air as we prepare to hit the beach for the hugely-anticipated Christmas holidays, the sensationalist shark hype begins.
Topics: Freediving, Wildlife

What Lives Under That Wharf?

Written by Steve Hathaway on April 9th, 2014.      0 comments


I was pretty excited when I got a call about doing some underwater filming for the Port of Tauranga, documenting marine life in the harbour and around their wharves. Sure, this doesn’t sound like a glamorous job, especially because the harbour clarity was still recovering after a record 12-hour rainfall, but I was convinced I was going to find some incredible life in one of New Zealand’s busiest shipping ports....

Diving with Orca

Written by Steve Hathaway on December 12th, 2013.      0 comments


Something that fires me up more than anything is spending time in the water with large animals. So when Dr Ingrid Visser (NZ’s Orca researcher) asked me three years ago to film orca underwater for her research, this was something that I had only ever dreamed of doing!

Diving at Karikari

Written by Steve Hathaway on November 12th, 2013.      0 comments


Karikari Peninsula is a place of stark contrasts. Visiting for the first time, you are immediately faced with desolate, arid-looking countryside that obviously has great extremes in its weather. Bearing the brunt of cyclonic tropical storms and long dry summers, life on land is tough. Yet this harsh landscape offers no hint of the lush contrast that lies in the surrounding turquoise ocean...

Arch Diving

Written by Steve Hathaway on February 12th, 2013.      0 comments


There is something about diving arches that really gets my blood going. In one short dive you could easily see more life in one tiny area than if you combined a dozen dives in other locations! Recently I watched an episode of Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing show. He was about to jump in and have a spearfish. The backdrop showed a group of islands, one of which had an arch running through the middle of it. Without any knowledge of the area, my immediate thought was that, if that were me, I’d visit the arch first, as it looked the most likely place to get a feed...

Diving The Poor Knights

Written by Steve Hathaway on May 7th, 2012.      0 comments


There is nothing like diving in beautiful blue water with loads of fish. And from late summer onwards, this scenario is something that I normally expect when Scuba Diving the offshore islands in Northland – even right on the coast it’s not uncommon to have visibility greater than 12 metres. But this summer has been an unusual one for Scuba Diving.

Diving Pinnacles

Written by Steve Hathaway on March 12th, 2012.      0 comments


People often think that the ocean is teeming with fish, and this can be true, but only in very isolated places. The reality is that the ocean is more like a desert, with vast areas that hold very little life, while at the other end of the spectrum there are areas that are just like oases in the desert, where high concentrations of sea life abound...