Smooth operators

The Coastguard Hibiscus crew meet many fantastic people while on the job; we swap photos, stories and experiences while helping them get home safely. On Saturday, October 6 we were tasked to a location northwest of Moturekareka Island to a very nice...... Read More

Kawau the place to be

Kawau Island has been on fire! It’s holding the bait schools; the dolphins are there and the gannets are diving. When there are offshore breezes, it is generally calm around the island and out on the sand in 30-35m. This is where most of the big...... Read More

Celebrating 40 years

Things change very quickly on the water, which is why Coastguard Hibiscus is here to help. It’s the perfect time of year to makes sure your membership is up to date, and if not don’t forget to nominate Coastguard Hibiscus as your local unit,...... Read More

Boom times

We’ve had a real mixed bag of weather over the past few weeks but when the fishing is as good as it’s been, it’s easy to ignore the bad days and look forward to fishing those five knot variable weather windows. The 30-50m area out...... Read More

Multiple callouts

Our crew got an early wake-up call on Tuesday October 2 at 5.46 am to attend an urgent callout on the south side of Tiritiri Matangi Island. A skipper on a 12-metre yacht had suffered a medical event and needed assistance. His crew member who was not...... Read More

Coastguard to the rescue

It’s been a long winter but Coastguard Hibiscus has been active in both training and helping out broken down boaties. There have been a few jump starts and more than a few tows but luckily not many after sundown. One fine day in August our crew...... Read More

Firing up the fishing

The transition into spring is well underway with local fishers catching good numbers of snapper from just about every depth in Whangaparaoa Bay. Those who choose to head out deeper in the Gulf are doing equally as well in the work ups off the top of...... Read More

Progression – not perfection

As we leave the winter months behind we feel a surge of renewed energy. It’s like a seasonal instinct to get out and forage, so this is a great time to start getting active and enjoying your feel-good cravings. A great place to start is to check...... Read More

Spring fishing ins and outs

Spring has well and truly made its presence known over the last few weeks. Days are getting longer but typically this time of year spells rain and strong westerlies. This means we can’t always get out to the sites where we would like to fish, but...... Read More

Time to take flight or sit tight?

One win in 42 regular season games of rugby. It’s a daunting stat that can only leave one asking, is it time for the Mahurangi Premier team to leave the premier one competition? In the past three years, the team has had little to shout about, picking...... Read More