Wa­tery work­place suits cou­ple


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Some­times at the end of a work­ing day Mar­ius Lina will head out from Mis­sion Bay on a pad­dle­board and en­joy the quiet and soli­tude away from the roar of Auck­land’s traf­fic.

It’s a good way to shake off the stress of a work­ing day for any­one – even for some­one who spends most of the day us­ing a beach as their of­fice and help­ing peo­ple get out on the wa­ter.

Mr Lina, 30, and part­ner Rebecca Pa­ley-Wil­liams, 23, have re­cently taken over the run­ning of Mis­sion Bay Water­sports.

It’s the dream job for for­mer South Is­lan­der Mr Lina and Miss Pa­ley-Wil­liams, of Cal­i­for­nia.

Mr Lina is a qual­i­fied kayak in­struc­tor and guide with sev­eral years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing in Fiordland, the Marl­bor­ough Sounds, Nor­way and the United States.

Miss Pa­ley-Wil­liams brings the stand-up pad­dle­board ex­pe­ri­ence.

Now based in Auck­land, they are build­ing up the busi­ness and pre­par­ing for what will no doubt be a full-on sum­mer.

‘‘We’ve taken it over pretty re­cently,’’ Miss Pa­ley-Wil­liams says.

‘‘We’ve been try­ing to get it go­ing in win­ter and we’ve been pretty busy even with the wind.’’

For Mr Lina, re­cently back in New Zealand af­ter sev­eral years over­seas, the new job has high­lighted Auck­land’s pos­si­bil­i­ties.

‘‘I’m re­ally ap­pre­ci­at­ing what New Zealand has got to of­fer and how awe­some Auck­land is.

‘‘I’m from the South Is­land orig­i­nally and love na­ture and the out­doors, and my first im­pres­sion of Auck­land was of a big city, very ur­ban.

‘‘But I’m ap­pre­ci­at­ing it a lot more, pad­dling round see­ing dol­phins.’’

This com­ing sum­mer the duo ex­pect to see even more peo­ple try­ing their hands at the boom­ing sport of pad­dle board­ing.

‘‘In a kayak you’re low, but by stand­ing up you get to ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture on its terms and you can see a lot more when you look down – stingray, coral, reefs, pods of whales,’’ Mr Lina says.

‘‘The sport is mas­sive in the US, and we’re start­ing to see that here. It’s go­ing to be much big­ger this sum­mer.’’

The pair work with dif­fer­ent groups in­clud­ing schools and are able to ac­com­mo­date peo­ple of vary­ing abil­i­ties with the su­per sta­ble, adapt­able boards.

For ex­am­ple a chair can be strapped to a board so some­one who has trou­ble stand­ing can par­tic­i­pate in group out­ings.

It’s not all swan­ning about look­ing at wildlife and kick­ing back on the beach.

Set­ting up and pack­ing down takes an hour at each end of the day, and it’s not un­usual to spend half a day waist deep in cold wa­ter help­ing peo­ple learn.

‘‘It’s a lot of hard work, it’s not just hang­ing out on the beach,’’ Miss Pa­ley-Wil­liams says.

‘‘But the na­ture of the busi­ness is you have to love what you’re do­ing to be out there, you can’t fake it.

‘‘We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing seven days a week.’’

Mis­sion Bay Water­sports will be at the beach ev­ery day from mid-Septem­ber.


Beach life: Mar­ius Lina and Rebecca Pa­ley-Wil­liams of Mis­sion Bay Water­sports.

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