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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee: Dave Moran

Dave Moran

Dave Moran has contributed an enormous amount to the marine industry and to the New Zealand Boat Show. He is man who found a sport he loved and turned it into a career that took him all over the world. He was instrumental in helping establish and then manage one of our best known and most loved tourist attractions and created and successfully ran one of New Zealand’s longest running marine magazines.

Dave first started diving in 1961, around Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, Australia.

He initially came to NZ in 1970, intending to stay only a few months. However, he feel in love with the country and is still here.

A keen spearfisherman in his youth, winning the Queensland Open, Dave then turned his passion into a job diving commercially throughout Asia, the Middle East and the South Pacific. Dave loves diving on shipwrecks and, for example, worked with Kelly Tarlton on the Eligamite and has spent many summers on the Tasmania off the Mahia Peninsula.

Dave helped Kelly establish Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, doing all the electrical work and, after Kelly’s untimely passing, was made Manager.

He quickly gained a comprehensive understanding of all the aquarium’s systems, animals and management and was then seconded to the team that set off to build similar establishments overseas.

On his return to New Zealand in 1990, Dave created Dive NZ Magazine and it has been a source of information, inspiration and education for divers throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific.

In his recent years Dave swapped his speargun for a camera and became a keen photographer with a good eye for composition. He enjoys sharing this passion through Sea Tech’s underwater camera housing business.

Dave has been instrumental in helping build and grow the New Zealand dive industry. He was on the inaugural committee of the Diving Industry of New Zealand; was instrumental in creating the Oceans Society’s weekends (the first of which was in 1976) and also ‘The Night to Remember’ speakers’ night in conjunction with the late Ross Guy.

In 1999, Dave teamed up with Sir Peter Blake to get Wyland, the famous US artist and marine conservation advocate, to paint a mural on the Maritime Museum. Dave and Wyland also started the Wyland/Dive New Zealand Award, for the “unsung heroes” who promote diving and environmental issues.

A current member of the Underwater Heritage Group, Dave has also received numerous awards, including:

  • Leo Ducker Award in 2002. This award recognizes individuals for outstanding services to diving. Dave was awarded this in recognition of his wide range of activities in the promotion and developing of diving in New Zealand including Oceans and Dive New Zealand Magazine.
  • SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Card holder, awarded in 1996. Platinum Pros can be defined as the world’s most elite water explorers and the list of card holders is a “Who’s Who” of diving, containing the world’s most prominent dive professionals.
  • Historical Diving Society Australia Pacific (2015) appreciation award to Dave and wife, Petal for Dive New Zealand and Dive Pacific Magazines
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Diving Industry Award from New Zealand Underwater (2011)
  • An appreciation award from New Zealand Underwater Hockey for his assistance with the successful hosting of the NZ Secondary Schools Championships over the last 13 years.

Dave has also played a key part in helping promote the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, arranging international diving holidays to be given away as prizes, and helping organisers create some memorable attractions. These included creating a Dive Court (which then became the Dive and Adventure Court) This ran from 1993 until 2005 was home to a “have a try” dive tank and

a number of very innovative Kiwi designed and built submarines. Dave also published the show’s Official Show Guide from 1998 until 2005 and was one of the earliest Boat of the Show Awards’ judges of the modern era, a role he has reprised again this year.

Dave has spent a lifetime involved in and promoting diving and the underwater world and is clearly a very worthy inductee into the NEW ZEALAND BOAT SHOW HALL OF FAME.