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Waitangi

Waitangi, Chatham Islands

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Bustling port of Waitangi in the Chatham Islands, 800km east of Lyttelton. Supply ship calls about every 18 days, depending on cargoes. The wharf is very exposed, with the ship having to leave the wharf when the wind and/or swell is too bad.
Inbound cargo consists of everything the Islands need - fuels, food, etc to machinery, vehicles, even roading metal. The small container, middle rear of stack, is for importing petrol - diesel comes bulk and is pumped ashore.
A large proportion of outbound cargo is live sheep and cattle heading to the mainland for slaughter. Wool is also sent to the mainland, although last season with poor sale prices, the farmers were making less than $50 per bale. Frozen fish is also a major cargo - the crayfish are all flown out live. The green containers on the right of the stack are old containers converted for carrying cattle as deck cargo.

Dennis.
 

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