As MAANZ completes reports
and papers, these are made available to the
public. The following are available through the Secretary.
Riddle of the Rifleman
2012 MAANZ issued a report authored by John McCrystal, Bill Day and
Jack Fry. Launched at a MAANZ event in May 2012, the event was billed
as revealing details about a mystery Auckland Islands shipwreck. The
Auckland Islands conjures up visions of the General Grant and its cargo of gold (see 'The search for the General Grant
below) - however until now this wreck had been known by divers as 'the
half-crown wreck' - not the artifacts that were hoped for.
The report launch information flyer is here: (Event Information Flyer - PDF 42 KB)
Cost: $25 plus any mailing fee. Enquiries to the Secretary or available for purchase from the MAANZ Conservation Laboratory, Hikitia, Queens Wharf, Wellington. (Open most Saturdays)
(Report cover image - JPG 99 KB)
In 2005 MAANZ completed a survey of the historic (demolished) Mahanga Bay wharf. This report provides historical
context for the wharf as well as technical details of its
construction and of its remnants still on the harbor
of the Hydrabad
In 1997 the Waitarere Beach Progressive and Ratepayers Association
invited MAANZ to undertake an investigation of the Hydrabad
( wrecked 1878) to help in the decision of its future.
search for the General Grant
The General Grant is by far New Zealand's oldest known
treasure ship, though many others have already given up their
coins and jewellery this vessel still eludes the many who have
attempted to seek a fortune from its grave. This is an interesting
and informative article looking at the many attempts to find
the vessel and recover its gold. Article
bulletin by David Churchill, 1991
In 1990 the president of MAANZ submitted a paper to AIMA.
It outlined the state of maritime archaeology in New Zealand,
and to introduce MAANZ, it was published in their bulletin
"The Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime
Archaeology" 1991 Volume 15 Number 1. Article