Despite the weather not being on our side and two postponments, it may have been our biggest and best fishing competition yet.
With 180 registrations and 90 trailers on the beach, a great day was had by all.
I want to give a big thanks to the sub-committee of Bob, Trevor, Sid and Mark for organising such an outstanding competition, and particular thanks to Daniel and Hannah. My thanks also goes to the full committee for allowing me to make some changes to the competition this year.
We couldn't run the competition without all of our sponsors who gave generously for prizes. A huge thank you goes out to our volunteers - thank you to all of you who helped out with the regos, tractors, weight in, traffic management and to Piggy for being the MC for prize giving.
See you all again next year!
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Police and Maritime NZ acknowledge boating manslaughter sentencing
3 FEBRUARY 2021
Police and Maritime NZ acknowledge the sentencing today of Guy Haydon Charles Appleton in the Tauranga High Court.
The 45-year-old was sentenced to two years, seven months’ imprisonment for the manslaughter of Clayton Patrick Graves.
The charge was laid following a joint investigation by Police and Maritime NZ. Mr Appleton previously pleaded guilty.
Mr Graves died on 5 October 2019 after the boat he was a passenger in crashed at Stoney Point, colliding with a beacon.
It was estimated that Mr Appleton, the boat’s skipper, had a blood alcohol level of between 110 to 220 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood at the time of the crash.
Detective Sergeant Darryn Gabb acknowledged Mr Graves’ family and friends following today’s sentencing.
“We appreciate this has been an incredibly tough time for them and our thoughts remain with them today.”
Maritime NZ’s Central Compliance Manager, Michael-Paul Abbott, said skippers were legally responsible for the safety of the boat and everyone on board.
“As the skipper, Mr Appleton made a series of poor decisions which led to this tragic event. As this incident clearly highlights, boating and alcohol do not mix. Things can change quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.”
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