The Wharf Hub's mission is to enhance marine life and human well being.
Innately we can all sense that these two things are quite interdependent - marine life and human well being. After all no one wants to live by polluted waterways nor have oceans that are devoid of marine life. Our mission is to enhance the life of both.
"The key elements that are likely to make up the future of tourism involve human interaction, education, genuine experiences and an element of giving back."
Our story in a pipi shell.
In 2007 we were pioneering a concept of building a 'Community Reef' close to the Opotiki Harbour entrance which would provide more diverse and sustainable fishing for the local community, especially as fuel prices were rising. Four key elements to the project were identified in the early days of marine enhancement work that are now depicted as a logo on the bow of our office boat at The Wharf Hub.
While deploying artificial reefs to improve fishing was common overseas, the same issues of fish depletion or what is known as the 'tragedy of the commons' kept reoccurring.
Albert Einstein is quoted as declaring "You can't use an old map to explore a new world."
In this light we changed our thinking to 'Seabed Enhancement', and applied sustainable indigenous Maori environmental concepts known as 'kaitiakitanga'.
Very clearly 'invoking the spirit' is a fundamental part of such a system and world view.
At the Wharf Hub we aim to integrate local experiences with spiritual growth and helping the marine environment.
The Wharf Hub works with principles and themes, often founded in scientific research, that have proven helpful to many. It then presents simple reinforcing activities (experiential exercises) we call 'Voyages' that you can undertake either independently or as guided 'Voyages' listed under 'Zeand Fishing'.
Once introduced, understood, patterned and nurtured in your life, these tiny seeds of well-being are able to crystallize and grow in your life.
We hope our 'Voyages' will offer new information, bring focus, reduce stress, help us to be more effective in the workplace and help the marine environment too.
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