The 2017 AGM will take place on the Mahia Peninsula, Hawkes Bay from Friday, 10th November to Sunday, 12th November. Presentations are open to the public. There will also be a formal dinner and lots of networking opportunities.

Members will be advised of costs, travel and accommodation options shortly.

Details about the introduction of an award recognising contributions to Pacific Underwater Heritage will be released shortly. This will be awarded for the first time at the AGM.


New Zealand Underwater Heritage Group
AGM - weekend program
10th,11th,12th November, 2017


8.00am - Breakfast at Beach Café (own cost).

10.15am - Assemble at Fishing Club Carpark, Pohutukawa Drive on foreshore for bus transport to Onenui Station to overview Rocket Lab site and Portland Island.
Note: Site security is such that it is impractical for us to be able to enter the site.

At conclusion of site overview we bus back to Okepuha Station wool shed for lunch.
Note: There will be a charge to cover cost of bus hire and lunch.

After lunch, Rocket Lab personnel will make a presentation on their activities. At the conclusion, bus back to Whangawehi reserve Early Baptismal Font/Tasmania Anchor. Also visit Waikokopu scene of early whaling, wharf, railway camp etc....

Friday evening: 6.30pm informal dinner at The Beach Café, at Motor Camp, attendees pay own drinks and meals.


AGM Program & Annual Dinner

7.30am - Breakfast own arrangements.

8.45am - Assemble MOKOTAHI HALL (5-10 mins from breakfast venue). Coffee will be available.
Spouse program - May be organised if sufficient interest.

9.00am - Sharp ! AGM and election of officers.

9.50am - Coffee break.

10.00am - Members Project updates.

10.15am - Presentation ‘Exploration of the S.S. Tasmania - from the Kelly Tarlton era until today. Willie Bullock, Will Coop, Dave Moran.

11.15am - Recovery of the S.S. Edinburgh Gold - John Diamond, member of the successful dive team.

12.00 - 1.00pm - LUNCH - Catered on premises - Own cost.

1.00pm - NZ’s Underwater and Coastal Heritage - Pam Bain, Senior Archaeologist, Heritage NZ.

1.45pm - Author and NZUHG member, Geoff Clark presentation on recovery of Union Steam Ship Crockery and Silverware.

2.30pm - The continuing search for Amelia Earhart - Keith Gordon, member of the 2017 expedition.

3.00pm-3.30pm - COFFEE BREAK

3.30pm - 4.15pm - Launch and presentation of the 1st ‘ NZUHG Kelly Tarlton Award’
Introduced by President - background. John Pettit, Past President NZUHG and partner of the late Kelly Tarlton. Dave Moran, former General Manager, Kelly Tarlton’s World.
Presentation to 1st awardee by Fiona Tarlton, representing the Tarlton family.

6.00-6.30pm - Assemble for drinks Mahia Tavern, Sunset Point. (drinks own cost).

7.00pm - Dinner - own cost


8.00am - Breakfast own arrangements.
After breakfast two options:
Weather permitting - Dive the Tasmania site / fishing trip.
A bus tour of local interest points with local historian. Bus hire charges will apply.

End of formal program

Accommodation options:

Book your own accommodation using any one of the above websites.
Mahia is approximately 1 hours drive from Gisborne and 2 hours from Napier.


Mon/Tues -13th/14th Nov. For those who chose to stay on in Mahia, hosts Cathy & Will Coop are offering to organise boat trips for further diving and fishing (this obviously weather permitting).
NZUHG Secretary : Dawne Bellew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
By no later than : 10th OCTOBER, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at Mahia for an interesting few days!

George Bellew

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