Meet the man building one of NZ's most luxurious superyachts in landlocked Palmerston North

Carl Ferguson is building one of our most luxurious boats in a couple of second hand sheds in landlocked Palmerston North.

A 39 metre luxury catamaran known as "the beast" has taken nine months of building for 20 guys. 

Carl says his operation is "simple, kiwi shed kinda stuff".

"We are originally a commercial boat builder, so cray boats and fishing boats, this pleasure boat market is new to us," Mr Ferguson told Seven Sharp.

The boat includes a lower lounge, two guest cabins below a bunk room and a double, a gally, a sky lounge, a media and cinema room, outside dining, two large cranes, a 43 foot sport fisher, an amphibious tender, rescue boat and kayaks and more. 

The boat has been brought by a kiwi business man and his family who is remaining unnamed.

Carl's answer to the tiny issue of getting the boat to the water is to put it on a truck.

"They go down the road with the sides of the boat about an inch or two off the road and they're hydraulically controlled trailers. It's pretty special to watch."

There are 12 months to go before the boat will float.

Carl Ferguson is building fancy-pants boats in a couple of second hand sheds. Source: Seven Sharp



Concrete truck transformed into giant disco ball for Auckland's Pride Parade

It's a concrete truck like none we've seen before, transformed into a giant disco ball for this weekend's Pride Parade in Auckland.

The Mirror Ball truck is the brainchild of construction company Fletcher Building.

The woman who's driving it is celebrating her fourth wedding anniversary with her wife this weekend.

The mirror ball truck is the brainchild of Fletcher Building. Source: Seven Sharp


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Local iwi impose rahui in the Auckland's Waitakere Ranges

Local iwi have imposed a rahui - a total ban - on entering Auckland's Waitakere Ranges because of kauri dieback. But what does a rahui mean?

Maori expert, Professor Pou Temara says: "It's a custom that bans the use of, that restricts certain areas so that area can be conserved."

"Rahui is also imposed from when there is contamination by association with death."

Traditionally there were consequences for disobeying rahui.

Mr Temara says: "The worst that could happen was that people would die from transgressing that kind of tapu".

Such penalties do not exist today, but the challenge is getting the public to understand and respect the significance of rahui.

The Auckland Council have opted for a partial rahui for the Waitakeres, saying that a total ban would be too difficult to enforce.

Mr Temara says Maori concepts are often difficult for non-Maori to accept because they don't understand the reverence Maori have for the trees.

According to the Māori worldview, people and the environment co-exist.

"When you see a kauri immediately you recognise the mana, you recognise tapu. It's so different from all the other big trees."

"Maori actually see Tane - the lord of the forest embued in the personage of the kauri and I talk about personage because Maori think of the kauri as a living person."

Wayne Mackenzie who manages Whatipu Lodge has refused to take bookings that would break the rahui.

"For me it's really important just to be respectful for the rahui and not walk in this forest until safe protocols are really put in place."

Rewi Spraggon of local iwi says "For us that's a living ancestor - as simple as that - It's a living ancestor and we have to protect them as much as they protect us."

Seven Sharp's Maiki Sherman investigates. Source: Seven Sharp