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Better info for boaties Mariners in all areas of Coas- tguard s Northern Region can now receive the latest marine weather information 24-hours every day by simply turning on their marine radio. The addition of Hokianga now brings the number of Coas- tguard s NowCasting broadcast- ing sites in the region to nine, allowing boaties to access real- time, spoken information on weather conditions at critical locations within the VHF radio coverage area and broadcasts the updates continuously on a range of marine VHF radio channels. The service provides up-to-the- minute local marine wind strength as well as the latest mar- ine weather forecast, local tide times and heights and local safety messages as may be required. The Coastguard NowCasting service improves marine safety by providing mariners, both profes- sional and recreational, with a continuous weather information stream enabling them to make better decisions about commenc- ing or continuing their journeys. Colin Small, president for Coastguard New Zealand says this is a significant milestone for New Zealand. We encourage boaties to make the most of this service to enhance their safety and enjoyment on the water, he says. Coastguard Northern Region CEO, Dean Lawrence, says wind is the most critical factor to con- sider when judging sea conditions so Coastguard uses automatic anemometers (a device which measures wind speed) positioned at various sites, which report wind strength and direction every sixty seconds. The wind data is received by a central computer and then broad- cast in speech on VHF radio within seconds. The NowCasting project, initiated in the Northern Region, was the brainchild of one of Coastguard s long serving volunteers, Kevin O Sullivan. Expanding on this great work, Coastguard NowCasting has now rolled out across most of New Zea- land. Extending the service to the Hokianga area is the final link in the chain for the Northern Region. We would also like to acknowl- edge the generous support of the New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) for funding provided to complete the latest project which joins 18 existing broadcast sites already operated by Coastguard in Northland, Auckland, Kaipara, Raglan, Whitianga, Tairua, Whakatane/Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, New Plymouth, Wanganui, Nelson, Cook Strait, Canterbury, Otago and Southland. The service makes boating for the 1.3 million New Zealanders who choose to spend their leisure time on the water significantly safer. For a full list of Coastguard NowCasting locations and chan- nel information - visit www.coastguard.co.nz and download the map. Stay safe, have fun in the water this summer Plunket and Water Safety New Zealand are urging families to have fun but be safe around water as the Kiwi summer heats up. Sue Campbell, Plunket s National Child Safety Advisor, says parents and caregivers need to keep a close eye on children when they re near water and always stay within arm s reach -- whether a child is in the bath, at the beach or by a swimming pool. A child can drown in as little as four centimetres of water -- which is not much smaller than the length of your little finger, says Sue. Water Safety New Zealand wants to remind people that a common factor in the tragic drownings of children four years and under is the lack of super- vision around water. We urge parents and caregivers to always super- vise children near water -- always. This is equally important when out enjoying summer weather as it is at home, Water Safety New Zealand General Manager Matt Claridge says. We also support families getting involved in learning about water together -- having fun and becoming confident as a family group. For more information on keeping children safe in the water: www.watersafety.org.nz/under-5s/ or http://www.plunket.org.nz/your-child/safety/ ?tab=213&#tabbing .
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