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Salvage: Deep Dive Division Rescues a Landcruiser from the Depths of the Waikato River

From the murky depths of the Waikato River, a symbol of New Zealand’s resilient spirit has been brought back into the light. In a recent episode of “Beyond the Surface,” the dedicated team at the Deep Dive Division (DDD) successfully salvaged a vehicle that, for many Kiwis, holds a nostalgic significance — a classic Toyota Landcruiser.



This Landcruiser, a workhorse vehicle so closely associated with New Zealand’s rural history, reminded the team of the renowned Kiwi author and actor, Barry Crump. Known for his timeless tales of the rugged Kiwi outdoorsman, Crump’s association with 4x4s is etched in the collective memory of many New Zealanders.


The Deep Dive Division’s ongoing salvage operations aren’t solely about cleaning up the Waikato River; they’re about restoring the mauri, or life force, of this precious taonga, or treasure. Each recovered vehicle is a step toward healing the river, removing hazardous debris, and returning it to its natural state.


However, the journey is far from over. As the team continues to uncover submerged vehicles at nearly every bend, the extent of the pollution lurking beneath the surface becomes increasingly apparent. The Deep Dive Division is committed to changing this narrative.


With the steadfast support of McLeod, the Deep Dive Division is making a tangible difference in the health of the Waikato River. It’s not just a clean-up effort; it’s a restoration of life, mauri, and respect for this vital waterway.


So, let’s continue to follow their journey, awaiting each update with anticipation. Each salvage operation, every piece of debris removed, and every vehicle retrieved from the river’s depth, brings us one step closer to a cleaner, healthier Waikato River. Together, we’re not just recovering vehicles; we’re reclaiming our respect of the river.

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