Manukau Harbour

Kayaker picked up in Harbour

Emergency services were called to assist a kayaker who had fallen out of their kayak in the Manukau Harbour, on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 May. Westpac Rescue Helicopter W2, Waiuku Coastguard, and Police Eagle were called to help the person who was having difficulty getting back onto the kayak. Upon arrival, Police Eagle helicopter had located the man, in […]

Doors open at Connemara

It’s a hidden jewel on the Awhitu Peninsula and its welcoming doors are open. Connemara Country Lodge was built in 1907 for a wealthy doctor in Epsom. The 111 year old property has a big history, being used as a bordello, a home for single mothers, women’s refuge and now a refurbished home. It was moved to Pollok in 2003, […]

Gone fishing— Smudge says

The Manukau Harbour is still plagued with the dreaded red weed that is so frustrating to deal with. Slack water is the best time to avoid it and if you hunt around you will find places where it’s not such a problem. It covers your line and your baits and once that happens you won’t catch a thing so clear […]

Name release – death at Awhitu Regional Park

Police are now able to release the name of the man who died at Awhitu Regional Park, Manukau Harbour, on Sunday afternoon, 4 February. He was 40-year-old Imtiaz Aziz from Papakura. Police extend their condolences to Mr Aziz’s family. The death has been referred to the Coroner.

Awhitu water Rescue

One person has died following a water rescue at the Awhitu Regional Park, Manukau Harbour on Sunday 2 Februray 2018. Police were called to the scene at 12.40pm following reports three people were in trouble in the water. One person has died at the scene. Two others have been taken to Middlemore Hospital via helicopter for assessment.

Gone Fishing with Smudge— November 2017

It’s hard to believe that only a month ago we were struggling to get a chance to get out fishing. Since then we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to make the most of it and catch a few fish in the process. The harbour is fishing very well for trevally but they take a […]

Biotoxin alert extended

The Ministry for Primary Industries has extended the shellfish biotoxin warning on the Taranaki/Waikato/Auckland coastline. The alert, which covers the Manukau Harbour, and West coast, now extends south to New Plymouth, covering Lower Kina Road south of Oakura northward to the Kaipara Harbour mouth, but doesn’t include the Kaipara Harbour. Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea […]

Maritime Police task Westpac Helicopter to Destruction Gully

On Sunday, 12 NOVEMBER 2017 at 4:00pm, W2  crew were tasked by Maritime Police to Destruction Gully (North Manukau Heads) to assist with the winching out of a male in his 60’s and a female in her 50’s who were trapped by the tide. The patients were unharmed and air transportation to hospital wasn’t required.

Heritage collection on show

By area, Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa (the Manukau Harbour) is the second largest harbour in New Zealand. Loved and enjoyed by many, the harbour has always been a source for food gathering, and has long provided the means for navigating the expansive coastline. A heritage photo exhibition exploring the people and activities on the Manukau Harbour, titled “Gatherings on the Manukau”, […]

Fishing with Smudge September 2017 report

It isn’t easy to write a fishing report when the weather and other factors prevent us from getting out but then again it’s important to remember that fishing reports are usually about how the fishing has been. Who cares about that? We want to know how the fishing is going to be! I always look at previous years and while […]


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