Wyland Award Winner – 2013-2014

Been a bit tardy with updating this blog for a while but I’ve got quite a lot of news to post, so will try and put a few updates from the last year.

So firstly! Amazing news from New Zealand, I was chosen to the be recipient of the coveted Wyland Award.

This is amazing piece of art, and the award is officially given to people on the following basis;

‘This award is primarily aimed at recognising those individuals or a group of individuals that have unselfishly contributed huge amounts of their personal time for the benefit of all divers and the marine environment for no real personal financial gain or glory. They are the unsung heroes, doing what they feel will make a difference for the better, for this planet we call home.’

There is an amazing list of people who have received the award previously and I was completely humbled to receive it in such esteemed company. However it was also nice to be noted for some of work achieved in New Zealand, ranging from the archaeological mapping programme on the S.S. Taupo in the Bay of Plenty, along with resurrecting the Oceanz Dive Conference & Exhibition, to running clean up dives down in the Tauranga harbour to responding to the container vessel Rena grounding. In addition I have been involved with the New Zealand Underwater Association for a few years on the executive board and one year as Present. 

I’ve shared a few links below for information some of the history and successes. There is a lot of people who have helped and been involved over the years so many thanks to them as we couldn’t have done what we have without you guys!

SS Taupo Project – http://www.shanewasik.com/#/sstaupo-project/4566112867

Oceanz Dive Conference & Exhibition 2011 – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11046207

Tauranga Harbour Clean Ups – http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/11637-harbour-gets-underwater-cleanup.html and http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/11718-in-octopuses-garden.html

NZUA – http://nzu.org.nz

Rena – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX-HLgbD7HE

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