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Fact Sheet 2014
About The Paddleboat Company
•The Paddleboat Company is a family-owned and operated business with no paid staff.
•The Otunui is an important part of New Zealand's Maritime history and part of our heritage.

Boat Operations and licensing
•The Otunui Paddleboat has been operating in New Zealand since 1907.
•The vessel is 70m long (60 ft) and has a draft of 0.6m. It is a steel hulled vessel.
•Local Council Resource Consents are only required for land use operations.
•Regional Council Consents are required for taking or removing natural resources, i.e. taking water from the River, which the Otunui will not be doing.
•Operations and Safety Management of the boat and crew are licensed by Maritime New Zealand.
•The boat will not have a mooring on the Waiora River therefore does not require licensing from the Harbourmaster.
•The boat will be berthed at Waimarino Adventure Park, which is private property, so it does not require a resource consent.
•Other commercial vessels have operated on the Wairoa River since the 1800s.

About the Skipper
•The Skipper has a Local Launch Operators License.
•The Skipper has environmental qualifications and has many years of environmental protection experience.
•The Skipper has ties to the area as his great-grandfather drove a steam locomotive from the Omanawa Sawmill down to the landing on the Wairoa River where timber was transferred to the barges to be delivered in Tauranga, and his grandfather operated the school bus service from Omanawa, past the landing, to Tauriko and Tauranga.

Where will the boat be based?
•The boat will be based at Waimarino Adventure Park. With its shallow draft the Otunui is designed to pick up passengers from the River bank. The boat will cruise past wetlands and farmland showcasing New Zealand’s agricultural lifestyle and rural scenery.
•The cruise comes with a complementary cup of tea or coffee and the licensed bar stocks beer and wine, soft drinks and snacks. At 107 years old, the Otunui is one of New Zealand’s oldest operating paddleboats.

Otunui History
•Built as a kitset in the UK in 1907, the Otunui was then shipped to Wanganui where she was assembled and finished. She operated on the Whanganui River before sinking in a flood in 1949 and lay abandoned until the 1960s.
•Refloated and re- launched in 1973, the Otunui worked again carrying passengers on the river before being moved to Lake Okataina and then again to the Waikato River at Aratiatia, carrying passengers, including the Queen, to the base of Huka Falls near Taupō.
•In April 2003, a fire burnt her to deck level at Wairakei near Taupō and she was removed to Coromandel. After a three-year restoration, the Otunui sailed to Paeroa on the Waihou River and operated from Te Aroha.
•In 2010, the Otunui hit the road again moving to Mangakino on Lake Maraetai. In 2013 the boat operated from Lake Whakamaru alongside Highway 30.

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