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Where can you go to find the latest and greatest in marine toys? The DHL NZ Marine Export Showcase in the Viaduct Events Centre.


“The idea was to get behind the companies that have supplied products and supplies to the Volvo boats," says Showcase Network Manager Debbie Howarth. "About 80% of the companies featured here in the Showcase have supplied a product or service to the boats.”


To give you a taste, come on down and try your hand at parking a boat with the Hamilton Jet simulator - or put your i-phone into the waterproof, sandproof, dustproof & showerproof driPhone case. There's a tub of water provided to test it!


“Our new model will be manufactured in New Zealand using the best materials," says DriPhone Director Hayden Crowther. "The hi-tech printing machinery has arrived in today so it's six weeks to production.” The previous version has been manufactured off-shore.


At the Yamaha stand, Brendan Grant (Yamaha Marine Sales) said: “We wanted to showcase our diversity. We have the latest WR450 trail bike here, released only 2 weeks ago, and the 2012 YZF/R1 motorbike, not yet released in NZ.” Be the first in NZ to own one - a snip at just under $25,000.


If it's water speed you’re after, check out the latest VXR Wave Runner.  


“It’s already set two world records on Lake Karapiro," says Brendan. "The furthest distance in 6 hours and the quickest time to 1000kms. Jeremy Burfoot was the rider; he had to keep riding it flat out and covered over 600kms.” 


The new Protector Range is creating a buzz, with speeds of up to 80kph. Scott Little, Sales & Marketing Manager at RayGlass Boats, said “We are one of New Zealand's leading manufacturers of GRP fibreglass boats and the Protector Range of IRB’s. We’re really keen to support New Zealand internationally. ”


The Auckland University has a brand new Masters degree: Master of Engineering Studies in Yacht Engineering. David Le Pelley, Consultant Engineer, is enthusiastic about the new degree.


“We have four enrolled and are expecting ten more," says Le Pelley.  "We can cater for both the Northern & Southern Hemisphere school years.”


There is a free seminar about the new Masters degree at 7pm on  Monday 12 March here at the Viaduct Events Centre at 7pm. Come and learn more. 


There are more than 20 exhibitors at the Showcase showing the best of the best. Open from 10am - 6pm every day in the VEC. Entry is free.