Contributors to The Scuba News New Zealand

My name is Fin, and I am a New Zealand born and bred Kiwi girl. From a young age I had a fascination with all things Ocean, whether it be the Sea, the Beach or Rockpools where I would wander about investigating crabs and anemones. This led to me studying Marine Biology in the tertiary realm which has since taken me to some incredible places for work and play. The places I have worked have been varied and have seen me having to become a guru when it comes to airports, layovers, transits and making the most of spare time. This inspired me to share my adventures, as I can attest to the journey being as much of the fun as the final destination. Afterall, Life's not about the destination, but enjoying the journey. I'd love to hear from anyone interested in working alongside me! Whether as your brand ambassador, guest blogger or columnist. My skill set is based in the Marine biology realm and leads onto Scuba instructing all the way through to professional hotel/voluntourism reviewer, as well as being a social media for business whiz. Please feel free to contact me for further information;4 Articles


Anne-Marie started diving in Fiji and became a rescue diver during her time at a marine conservation project there. She went on to complete her Dive Master in Cornwall, England and her IDC in Cozumel. Anne-Marie has a BSC(Hons) degree in Marine Conservation and travels all over the world teaching people to dive. She is currently in Roatan and her passions are conservation, travel and writing. Follow Anne-Marie on Instagram3 Articles


Jessica McGarty is a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ currently based in Egypt but hoping to make a move to New Zealand in the not-too-distant future. Her main interests and passion lie beneath the surface, in the oceans, and she currently combines scuba diving as a work and leisure activity. She is committed to making her personal contribution towards sustainable management of the world’s oceans.2 Articles


I've always had a passion for Marine Biology and art. After finishing my degree in Marine Vertebrate Zoology, I moved to New Zealand to help with whale strandings and conservation work. I found that I was spending all my down time creating artwork, and that's how Moana Matron Designs was born. It's a creative outlet that combines my art addiction with the constant drive to protect animals and the environment. Moana means "the sea" in Maori and most of my works are either trying to inform you or trying to raise funds for organisations making a difference. I use all recycled packaging, and my business cards are printed on eco-friendly paper. All the causes I donate to I have either worked closely with or researched thoroughly to ensure their ethics and aims perfectly match up with mine.2 Articles


Mike Johnson is a Director of Photography specializing in adventure and outdoor video productions. He travels the world shooting and producing television shows, documentaries, and the occasional corporate video.2 Articles


Philippa Ross describes herself as an Enthusiologist – a title that stands out as a testament to her character and desire to help people create a fulfilling life they feel enthusiastic about. She invites people to think of her as an unconventional, risque fairy godmother, here to deliberately keep you out after midnight, lead you astray and away from the ordinary to the extraordinary. She’ll help you can find the magic ingredients that energise your soul, heart, mind, and body to form an understanding and deep trusting relationship to the value and wisdom you have within yourself; giving you the confidence to live life according to what you know is best for you. ‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom’ – Aristotle Her mentoring services are infused with personal lessons learned in the five plus decades of her life, her professional qualifications in Psychology and quantum physics and a connection to the great polar explorer, Sir James Clark Ross who discovered the North magnetic pole and the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Like her ancestor, Philippa uses on the earths magnetic field to help people navigate their way True North. Philippa is a woman on a mission to honor the diversity of all life so we appreciate the value of our natural resources and use it to add value to the wellbeing of people and the planet.1 Articles


I am the owner of Green Divers Yucatan, having been traveling around the world for a few years working as an scuba instructor I came to the Yucatan in Mexico 7 years ago, tried cavern diving and fell in love with it. I teach recreational and deep tecnical diving with Padi , Cavern diving and advanced nitrox through TDI. Cave diving is my passion and here in the Yucatan is the perfect place for this activity.1 Articles


Simon is a Divemaster with a passion for adventure and writing, and enjoys sharing stories about motocross, surfing and diving. He has recently finished his second novel ‘Ciudades Gris' (Grey Cities), available on Amazon.1 Articles


If you’ve just found us, it’s nice to meet you. Sustainable Coastlines is a young, multi-award winning New Zealand charity run by a small team of hard-working staff and a network of passionate volunteers and interns. Our mission is to enable people to look after the coastlines and waterways they love. We love our coasts and we work with our sleeves rolled up to keep them beautiful. We coordinate and support large-scale coastal clean-up events, educational programs, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects. We also help groups run their own events. Through these efforts we motivate volunteers and communities around Aotearoa and the Pacific to look after the beaches and rivers we love.1 Articles


I started diving in 1986. My first dive certification was with the now defunct training agency, NASDS. Realizing I was on to something great, I began my climb up the training ladder. I obtained my first professional level certification in 1988, when I became a PADI Divemaster. I worked extensively with students in this capacity and eventually enrolled in a PADI IDC. I successfully passed my I.E. in 1992 and was granted the rating of Open Water Scuba Instructor. Since then, I have continued with my training and have progressed to where I have achieved the certification of PADI Course Director.1 Articles