Monday, 30 August 2010

yeow bra - by Just The Torso


Gold on You Tube, username 'Just the Torso'
gotta be a Dunedin crew?

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Sign up with jack Johnson and WIN!


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They will be giving away daily prizes like Jack Johnson’s newest CD, ‘To the Sea,’ and $25 iTunes gift cards. Also,the grand prize is a custom surfboard signed by Jack.

Thanks very much, and remember, an individual action, multiplied by millions, creates global change!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Full Moon Sunset


Caitlin decided to go for a surf after school today. It was getting pretty late in the day and she hadn't been out for over a month. so a last minute scramble to the beach. Below, full moon rising over Green Island.

Above, my favourite shot, the full moon on slow shutter speed with an oyster catcher feeding on the shoreline. Below, Caitlin leaving the water after I missed shooting her waves because I was too focused on the full moon and oyster catchers.

Above, One last shot of the edge of Big Rock at Brighton with the rising full moon.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Looking at Blackhead


Almost every day I drive past the Blackhead headland and Quarry. Every time constant quarrying activity has moved more gravel piles, eaten away at the rock faces and the profile has been nibbled away like a slow methodical attack on a girl guide biscuit.

Last month a refreshing walk along Blackhead beach revealed more than a pretty reflection.

Rubble and rock from quarry spill overflow and scour the side of the headland, covering the spectacular columnar volcanic features and rare dwarfed native scrub. This area is protected by the 1991 covenant, where spill must not cover and destroy the natural rock formations and affect the vegetation.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

St Clair Blowin In Up & Out

There was a half hour window last week between work and Caitlins school interviews. best place to enjoy the sun and surf on a cold winters' day was down at St Clair. The backwash and high tide made excellent entertainment for kids on the Esplanade, blowing massive plumes of spray in the air off the sea wall.

A team of American pros including Mark Losness were commanding the channel kept in check by our own Danny Carse. Style was all around even on the Esplanade Drive.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Submissions are in !!

I want to thank everyone who has helped and supported me in this incredibly intensive and absorbing task.
My submission is in on behalf of the Surfbreak Protection Society.
I also worked with the guys from Big Rock to get that one written up and helped out with a few others offering advice and answering questions. I have spoken to many people who have also placed their own submissions including

ODT Saturday 14th August - Public Respond to Port Proposal
"More than 60 public submissions were received by the Otago Regional Council by late yesterday on Port Otago's proposed $100 million channel-deepening project"

ODT Wednesday 11th August - Port Otago Channel Submissions closing
"Dunedin spokesperson for the Surfbreak Protection Society, Nik Reeves, said Aramoana beach was one of the country's best breaks and called for submissions. St Clair surfing club South Coast Boardriders Association was also calling for submissions.

Ms Reeves said in a statement yesterday while previous sand dumping had improved wave quality at Aramoana in the past, she wanted dumping more closely monitored and the spoil to be dumped further out to sea."

I had a meeting with Geoff Plunkett the CEO of Port Otago yesterday with Lincoln Coe and supported by Rod Rust. This came about as a result of the video, and media releases. The meeting actually went really well, and I discovered that Port Otago are really open to engaging with the public, and really do have their concerns at heart. I heard of a number of things they have done outside of their requirements in other areas. Looking forward to more dialogue in the future.
Although I'm hoping that a proposed merger of Port Otago with Lyttleton does not change the mix. (see ODT 14th Aug 2010 Otago seen as looser in proposed port sale) "The scene is set for the almost two-year-old proposed merger between Port Otago and Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) to become one of the most contentious issues faced by southern local bodies and ratepayers in decades. "

Below are some links to some of the articles and releases that came about this week as a result of my Surfers Submissions Guidelines Video:

First was the interview with Kip Brook which led to the media release through his business Word of Mouth Media.

An excellent article by Cory Scott from NZ Surf Mag's wordpress blog:

A news release I wrote for

A brief article written by an american surf website, they used their own photo, didn't quite get the beach right

A very heartfelt offer from Lloyd Godman, who is an internally renowned ecological artist who used to live in Dunedin. A beautiful panoramic photographic artwork (see top photo) to be used for the campaign in the future.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Submission Time! - Port Otago Dredging

Lets Save the
Surf Break

Sorry about this large looking post, I hope it does not appear confusing.

The simple thing is to copy the Submission Form 13 at the end of this post under the red arrow, Write your submission where prompted, and send away to the addresses or email address supplied:

Or If you have a computer you can make a submission using the form available from

> Download a submission form

Your submission form should include a full copy of Appendix One of the submission

Submissions Close THIS Friday 13th August at 5pm

Postal Addresses:

The Otago Regional Council, Private Bag 1954, Dunedin 9054.

Also send a copy of your submission to:

Port Otago Limited, PO Box 8, Port Chalmers 9050. Attention: Lincoln Coe.

The following text is the written version of the video content above.
Following that is a Resource Consent Submission Guide.

The AEE (Assessment of Environmental Effects) states that there will be no more than minor or unchanged on the surfing wave environment along the North Coast (see excerpt below)
... these conclusions are based on monitoring reports for the AO dump site 6.3ks out to see in 27 meteres of water.
These results in the AEE DO NOT include the
Cumulative Effects of both AO and the existing near shore dump sites at
Shelley Beach, Aramoana and Heywards Point.

One of the resource consent applications is a 'change of conditions of the current consent' to be changed from deposition of spoil from maintenance dredging to deposition of spoil from the capitol dredging from the proposed Next Generation Project of deepening the harbour shipping channel and widening the turning bay at Port Chalmers.
A total volume of up to 7.2 million cubic metres of Sand Silt and Rock
The current consent allows spoil from maintenance dredging up to 450,000 cubic metres per year to be disposed of at these three near shore sites.
The Aramoana Beach dump site has played an integral part in the wave quality at Aramoana since dumping began there in 1985. The spoil mound is reported (Kilpatrick 2005) to have contributed to the world class waves, although the effects of ongoing dumping in the area are unknown and potentially detrimental. (Kirk 2003) noted significant retention of spoil at Aramoana, 60% of the spoil does NOT disperse into the greater marine environment. The spoil mound is growing, surfers feedback and experiences report wave quality is already being compromised. When was it last good at Aramoana?

Once the resource consents are granted the Next Generation Project will begin the capitol dredge work with the two smaller dredges owned by Port Otago, the New Era and the Vulcan. Operation of these dredges will be stepped up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week deepening the inner harbour and depositing spoil at the three current dump sites (this is the change of condition of the current consents). Volumes are 450,000 cubic metres a year of which 200,000 m³ a year at Aramoana, 200,000m³ at Heywards Point (inclucing rock blasted from the inner harbour) and 50,000m³ at Shelley Beach. Over the last 5 years only 50,000m³ in total has been deposited at the Aramoana site. (see graph at left of the total spoil deposited at the three sites since 1985)
These two dredges are not equipped to travel the 6.3ks out to sea to the AO site on a consistent enough and financially viable basis to carry out the massive movement of 7.2 million cubic metres of silt, sand and rock from the deepening of the harbour shipping channel.

The major issue is this:
The large contract dredge from overseas WILL NOT BE CONTRACTED to dump at the AO site until the large shipping companies actually give the go ahead for their ships to come to Port Otago. This all depends on the Global Economy and suitability of Port Otago as a financially viable destination, these vists are said to be decided in the next 2-10 years. There is no legal contract for these large ships to even come to Port Otago yet.
So we are looking at 2-10 years of full capacity dumping of spoil for this project at the near shore Existing Disposal Sites, with a smaller amount at AO until this decision is made.

Can the North Coast Surfbreaks sustain this volume of matter in their swell corridors?
We would like you to submit on these consent applications your concerns over the stepped up operation volumes. Remember studies show the spoil mound at Aramoana is accumulating, shifting and causing mounding of waves already over the dump site breaking at times in just 5-7 metres of water taking energy out of the swell and affecting wave refraction and direction.

We can request in our submissions that regular ongoing monitoring specific to surfing wave environment and quality be carried out immediately by qualified specialists in the surfing wave environment, and during the entire Next Generation Project. If any compromise is recorded, then the consents be reviewed, altered or ceased.
Due to the potential contaminant content of the spoil, and the water turbidity created from dispersal of matter in the surfing and swimming environment, please also request regular monitoring of water quality (such as is carried out at St Clair).
Also report your experiences surfing at these breaks, especially Aramoana, and how you feel the wave quality has changed over the years.

Policy 18 NZ Coastal Policy Statement
Protection of Surf Breaks of National Significance
The NZ Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) has been under review in recent years, and the new working papers are out. Many Regional Councils around New Zealand are already adopting and applying this new NZCPS.
These Port Otago resource consent applications need to accommodate the conditions and guidelines laid out in the NZCPS, along with the Regional Policy Statement which is modelled on the NZCPS.
Aramoana and Murderers and Karitane, three North Coast surf breaks in the affected area of these consents are listed amoung only twenty Surfbreaks of National significance recognised nationwide in Policy 18 Download and view here.

I believe that the Otago Regional Council needs to recognise the national and international value of these surfbreaks, the economic impact from tourism and student university choice on the Otago economy. The ORC need to protect the delicate bathymetric conditions that are required for them to exist, by ensuring they are not destroyed by inappropriate development such has the possibility of the Port Otago Next Generation Project.

We need to, as a collective of surfers, let them know how valued the North Coast surf break treasures are, and that we are willing to fully shout out and participate to ensure they are preserved for our own continued stoke, and the many generations of surfers to come.

How to prepare a submission on a resource consent application

Use the front page of Submission Form 13. (Copy attached).

This has the name of the Applicant – Port Otago Ltd already on it.

Add your name, full postal address and contact telephone number

Don’t forget to add your signature and the date you sign

If there is anything in the application you oppose – tick the oppose box

Tick the box saying you wish to be heard. The hearing committee is likely

to give greater weight to your submission. If you change your mind about

wanting to be heard at a later date there is no particular issue with this.

Tick the yes box if others making a similar submission. You will gain points

with the Council if you indicate a willingness to collaborate with other submitters raising a similar point.

On a supporting page you must cover the following points:

Identify who you are and why you are writing (eg I have been a surfer in Dunedin for 'so many years'). Clearly indicate which specific parts of the application you are concerned with. If you are concerned with the whole application you can say the application in its entirety. If you are concerned with only part, describe that part. Eg the part that relates to ‘monitoring of wave and water quality along the affected breaks at ...

My submission is : State whether you support or oppose the whole or specific parts of the application as identified above. eg I support the application in its entirety or I oppose the application in its entirety or I oppose the part of the application which seeks consent to ...

Set out clearly the reasons for your support or opposition

Eg Are there any negative effects that the proposal will have on you and what are the implications of this for you. If there are adverse effects has there been adequate consideration of alternatives by the applicant. Suggest practical solutions. Is the application consistent with Regional policy and the district plan

Be as concise and as logical as possible. Don’t use emotive language, don’t ramble in your argument. Use headings with short paragraphs or bullet points. Build up your case clearly. Be factual and objective.

What decision you would like the consent authority to make eg I only approve the application if the following condition is imposed. Or I decline the application in its entirety.


Port Otago Next Generation Project website

with all the reports and monitoring studies here

Consent Applications and

Assesment of Environmental Effects (AEE Report) here


Submission Form 13

File No: 2010.193

This is a Submission on publicly notified resource consent applications pursuant to the Resource Management Act 1991.

Applicant Details:

Name of Applicant: Port Otago Limited
Application Numbers: }
Type and Description of Applications: }
Locations: } See Appendix One
Legal Descriptions: }
NZMS 260 Map References: }

Submitter Details:
(please print clearly)

Full Name/s

Full Postal Address: Post Code:

(please tick your preferred Daytime contact number)

Work Ph:
Home Ph:
Mobile Ph:

Signature/s of submitter/s (or person authorised (Date)
to sign on behalf of submitter/s)

Please tick one of the following submission types regarding the applications,
Do you:

Do you:
Wish to be heard
Not wish to be heard
in support of my/our submission.

If others make a similar submission, I/we will consider presenting a joint case with them at a hearing.

The specific parts of the applications that my submission relates to are:
(Give details)

My/Our submission is
(the reasons for your views, use a separate sheet if necessary)

I/We seek the following decision from the consent authority
(give precise details, including the general nature of any conditions sought)

Date submissions close: 5pm on Friday 13 August 2010

A copy of your submission must be served on the applicant as soon as reasonably practicable after the service of your submission on the Otago Regional Council

Address for Otago Regional Council:
Otago Regional Council, Private Bag 1954, Dunedin, 9054
Address for Applicant:
Port Otago Limited, PO Box 8, Port Chalmers 9050. Attention: Lincoln Coe

Appendix One

Application No: 2010.193 – Coastal Permit – Restricted Coastal Activity
To disturb and remove up to 7.2 million cubic metres of dredge material from the foreshore and seabed for the upgrading of the Lower Harbour Channel, Port Chalmers swinging and berthing areas to a maximum design depth of 17.5 m.

Application No: 2010.194 – Coastal Permit – Restricted Coastal Activity
To disturb and remove natural material from the foreshore and seabed for the ongoing maintenance dredging of the Lower Harbour Channel, Port Chalmers swinging and berthing areas to a maximum design depth of 17.5 m.

Application No: 2010.195 – Coastal Permit
To discharge decant water and all associated contaminants from the channel upgrading dredging operation.

Application No: 2010.196 – Coastal Permit
To discharge decant water and all associated contaminants from the ongoing maintenance dredging operation.

Otago Harbour Dredging
Purpose: Upgrade the lower harbour channel, swinging area and Port Chalmers berths.
Location: Harbour entrance channel from the landfall tower approximately 2.4 kilometres north of Taiaroa Head to the Port Chalmers swinging basin.
Map Reference: Between approximately NZMS 260 J44:331- 928 and I44:257-855
Chart Reference: Between approximately NZ661 & NZ6612 45º45.07’S 170º43.61’E and 45º48.82’S 170º37.87’E
Legal description: Crown Land Sea bed
Otago Harbour
Bed of Otago Harbour DP 3904
Sec 52 Blk I Lower Harbour West SD

Application No: 2010.198 – Coastal Permit – Restricted Coastal Activity
To deposit up to 7.2 million cubic metres of dredge material sourced from the channel upgrading works and maintenance dredging at the new off shore disposal site A0.

Application No: 2000.472_V1 – Variation – Coastal Permit
To vary the purpose and conditions of existing resource consent 2000.472 to authorise the disposal of dredge material derived from the dredging of the shipping channel or within Otago Harbour from activities associated with the operation and maintenance of Port Chalmers facilities, in accordance with the following existing maximum annual discharge quantities at the following locations: Heywards Point disposal site (200,000 cubic metres), Spit Beach disposal site (200,000 cubic metres), South Spit Beach disposal site (50,000 cubic metres)

Disposal of Dredge Spoil
Purpose: Disposal of associated dredge material at new and existing disposal sites.
Location: New Disposal Site A0 : Pacific Ocean, approximately 6.3 kilometres northeast of Taiaroa Head
Existing Heywards Point disposal site: Pacific Ocean, approximately 1.5 kilometres northeast of Heyward Point
Existing Spit Beach disposal site: Pacific Ocean, approximately 1
kilometre to the northeast of Spit Beach
Existing South Spit Beach disposal site: western end of South Spit Beach

Map Reference: New Disposal Site A0: approximate mid point J44:387-948
Existing Heywards Point disposal site: approximate mid point J44:308-935
Existing Spit Beach disposal site: approximate mid point J44:317-912
Existing South Spit Beach disposal site: approximate mid point J44:320-896

Chart Reference: New Disposal Site A0: approximate mid point NZ661 & NZ6612 45º44.1’S 170º48.0E.
Existing Heywards Point disposal site: approximate mid point NZ661 & NZ6612 45º44.7’S 170º41.95E.
Existing Spit Beach disposal site: approximate mid point NZ661 &
NZ6612 45º45.93’S 170º42.62E.
Existing South Spit Beach disposal site: approximate mid point NZ661 & NZ6612 45º46.80’S 170º42.78E.
Legal description: Crown Land sea bed

Application No: 2010.197 – Coastal Permit
To disturb and deposit up to 30,000 cubic metres of rock rip rap to form a rock buttress under the container wharf and multipurpose wharf and their associated berths to improve foreshore and seabed stability.

Application No: 2010.199 – Coastal Permit
To construct a new public use fisherman’s wharf at Boiler Point.

Application No: 2010.200 – Coastal Permit
To extend the existing Port Chalmers multipurpose wharf by 135 metres.

Application No: 2010.202 – Coastal Permit
To disturb up to 1,000 cubic metres of the coastal marine area whilst erecting the fisherman’s wharf and extending the Port Chalmers multipurpose wharf.

Application No: 2010.203 – Coastal Permit
To discharge contaminants to the coastal marine area whilst depositing rock rip.

Application No: 2010.205 – Coastal Permit
To discharge contaminants to the CMA whilst constructing the fisherman’s wharf and extending the Port Chalmers multipurpose wharf.

Port Chalmers Structures
Purpose: Extend the multipurpose wharf and construct a fisherman’s wharf at Port Chalmers.

Location: Multipurpose wharf: located between the Port Chalmers container wharf and Boiler Point approximately 750 metres northeast of the intersection of Beach Street and George Street, Port Chalmers

Fisherman's wharf: located on Boiler Point, approximately 850 metres northeast of the intersection of Beach Street and George Street, Port Chalmers

Map Reference: Multipurpose wharf: approximate mid point I44: 255-860
Fisherman’s wharf: approximate mid point I44:255-861

Chart Reference Multipurpose wharf: approximate mid point NZ661 & NZ6612 45º48.55’S, 170º37.68’E
Fisherman’s wharf: approximate mid point NZ661 & NZ6612 45º48.49’S, 170º37.71’E

Legal description: Crown Land Sea bed
Bed of Otago Harbour DP 3904

Friday, 6 August 2010

New Page on the Phoam Surf Blog


Been meaning to do this for ages, I finally put up the links in one place for the other blogs I publish reguarily to.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

How is Ocean Beach Looking?


been three years since the big erosion event, the dunes are still healing, the long term management plan is still being worked on by the DCC . submissions just closed on the John Wilson Drive closure issue, anyone make a submission. I was also alerted to an article in the ODT with thoughts on the future of Ocean Beach.

- Ocean Beach Domain review warranted

ODT Monday 2nd August 2010

John Wilson Ocean Dr should be progressively closed and the area developed, argues Paul Pope, on behalf of the Dunedin Amenities Society.
The closure of John Wilson Ocean Dr has divided opinion over access to the coastal landscape.
The Dunedin Amenities Society has looked at its involvement with the domain over the last 120 years and considered the options for the domain and John Wilson Dr? Dunedin has come full circle with its management of the dunes and has often repeated mistakes from the past.

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