Riwaka Wharf

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Riwaka Wharf 

The collection of photos above was sent in by my friend John Burland taken at the Riwaka Wharf, located between Motueka & Kaiteriteri. John commented that Aurora II has been in the channel at Mapua & Royal Saxton (one of my all time favorites) is often at Kaiteriteri Wharf.

Will be interesting to know what is hiding under the boat cover. The (to quote JB) ‘Disney World > Boats of the Future’ boat is c1950 & would have to be an ex life boat ? maybe off the sunken (1986) Russian cruise liner – Mikhail Lermontov.

Input from Brian M – Boat under cover is the “Rhonda Marie”. Wee clunker next to Royal Saxon is “West Bay. Life raft is “Jelly Bean”.
“Kairaki” with blue tarp over cockpit. “Mariner” with 2 masts. Pilot looking boat is the “Ponui”.                                                                                                                                                                     

Input from Ken Ricketts – the last photo (bridgedecker with cover across front windows) is Varlene (previously Lady Sunshine) a Supreme Craft build. Also pictured Ken thinks is Al Marie (or La Marie) in the small strip of photos, 3rd for left.   

Input From Paul Drake

Great to see PONUI in such good condition (photos 6 and 7). Named for Ponui Island, she is a 1907 Logan and was advertised For Sale in the Feb 3, 1912 New Zealand Yachtsman for 700 pounds. She became Napier’s pilot boat until 1950 when she appeared at Lake Taupo and worked commercially until the mid 1960’s. She then went to the top of the South Island (by sea from Napier) before going to the Kaipara Harbour where she continued to work commercially. She appeared on Trade Me in more recent years and was spotted departing Onehunga heading back to the South Island as deck cargo on a coastal ship. She is mentioned in the book ‘U-boat in New Zealand Waters’ – the story of U 862’s war patrol off Gisborne and Napier in 1945. PONUI was observed through the U boat’s periscope leading the coaster PUKEKO out of Napier harbour. (Some hours later, a torpedo was fired at PUKEKO but missed). 

One of my favourite boats. Photos below:

First pic – PONUI when she was the Napier pilot boat. 

Second and third pic – at Taupo, where she was a busy commercial boat. The third pic shows her on the beach at Waihaha in the Western Bays. 

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14 thoughts on “Riwaka Wharf

  1. Awesome pics of the Ponui.. John Wilson of Riwaka has her again… used her in the 80’s as a passenger fairy in the Abel Tasman. Sold her on then brought her Back to Riwaka.

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  2. Second small photo from left is ‘Tina’ not sure if original name. used in Evans Bay Wellington to service TEAL flying boats then Oldins tow boat when logging in Queen Charlotte Sound.
    Build like a brick privy!

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  3. CHANTELLE, (Unknown 2), must be rename of Al/LA MARIE, because she is definitely the boat, that was as I noted before, on this post , by that name in 1948-50 era.
    Would love to catch up with the owner if anyone can point me in the right direction & try & trace some of her history for the intervening years. I can be contacted on email at kennetharicketts@gmail.com

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  4. One of Wilson’s (one of Abel Tasman NP marine operators) skippers told me that West Bay was imported from Scotland by Wilson’s owner and recently restored. He (Wilson’s owner, or at least one of them) owns a number of the vessels I photographed. Magic little place.

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  5. Great to see PONUI in such good condition (photos 6 and 7). Named for Ponui Island, she is a 1907 Logan and was advertised For Sale in the Feb 3, 1912 New Zealand Yachtsman for 700 pounds. She became Napier’s pilot boat until 1950 when she appeared at Lake Taupo and worked commercially until the mid 1960’s. She then went to the top of the South Island (by sea from Napier) before going to the Kaipara Harbour where she continued to work commercially. She appeared on Trade Me in more recent years and was spotted departing Onehunga heading back to the South Island as deck cargo on a coastal ship. She is mentioned in the book ‘U-boat in New Zealand Waters’ – the story of U 862’s war patrol off Gisborne and Napier in 1945. PONUI was observed through the U boat’s periscope leading the coaster PUKEKO out of Napier harbour. (Some hours later, a torpedo was fired at PUKEKO but missed).
    One of my favourite boats. Photos to follow. Agree with Ken R – a wonderful post, especially for a Sunday when we can usually expect boring old yachts.

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  6. Third photo in the row of four “Unknown-2” is Shantelle. 26ft, believed to be built by Deemings in the 1950’s.

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  7. ZARA was earthbound and well maintained in Careys Bay, Port Chalmers from the 1970’s right up until her owner died about 15 years ago. After then she was often seen around Otago Harbour. I was unaware that she had left the neighbourhood. I always assumed that she was a rebuilt lifeboat. Cheers, Keith

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  8. Tend to think AL MARIE could be built by Roy Parris or Alan Williams & she is c32 feet ;long. — KEN R

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  9. A footnote or 2 re my above;
    Both boats had varnished coamings originally, with AL MARIE with her name in gold leaf script, on a varnished name board, above the rear end of her back window, just below the cabin top line, & whilst VARLENE still had the Ailsa Craig in the mid 1950s, by the mid 1980s, she had a 6 cyl Ford Diesel, still with varnish, & still as original, with no dodger, — (refer my mages in earlier post), — which must have been fitted post mid 1980s.
    Also the rear cabin top windows have been changed in shape a little post 1980s.
    Her stainless steel rails going from the rear wall of the Bridgedeck, down to the aft cabin cabintop, were fitted on the hardstand at Okahu Bay, in the winter of 1947, by Com Hardley. — I watched him do the job, as JULIANA was also on the hardstand there, for her winter TLC as well, – so those rails are semi-original, shall we say. — KEN R

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  10. You have just made my day right out of sight Alan, firstly the boat with the cover around the front of the bridgedeck is the VARLENE, a very early Vern, (Mac), Mc Geady Supreme Craft, boat, built originally for Tucker Brothers, with a 4 cyl Ailsa Craig Diesel, & originally called LADY SUNSHINE by them, (they owned Sunshine Food Products Ltd in Khyber Pass Rd), & have wondered for quite a while now where she had got to, & now she’s turned up down there. Her name was changed to VARLENE by owner Com Hardley, of Hardleys plumbers merchants Newmarket, c1947.
    She was a special part of my life, from the later 1940s, to mid 50s, but, had a good number of trips on her, looked after her for 6 months, in 1951, whilst owner H T Morton, who bought her c1949, was overseas, etc.,
    BUT!!!??? — most of all, I could not believe it, when I saw the image of the boat in the small pics, along the bottom row top group, 3rd from the left, which has the VARLENE behind her. She is the AL MARIE or LA MARIE, built just after WWII, & when almost new, was moored in Judges Bay Parnell, right by the groin & right alongside my dads JULIANA, for a couple of years c1948 to 1950. When she left c1950, I never saw her again — & now all these approx 68 years later, & she has turned up, & hardly changed a bit — perhaps just the dodger is just a little higher …… WONDERFUL!!! – I am just so thrilled & excited about this whole post. — KEN R

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  11. Boat under cover is the “Rhonda Marie”. Wee clunker next to Royal Saxon is “West Bay. Life raft is “Jelly Bean”.
    “Kairaki” with blue tarp over cockpit. “Mariner” with 2 masts. Pilot looking boat is the “Ponui”.

    Great to see these in Riwaka.

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