A guy named Harry Julian of Pacifica Shipping had the cat. He was at one time chairman of the Auckland Harbour board. He was also a Kiwi and owned tugs and ships from the 50s. Just found a model being built of one of his companies ships on a union site. That ship ended up in Fiji as the Spirit Of Free Enterprise, not sure if it's still there.
Also found a pic of a commemorative plaque for a ship Named the Kaitawa. As a kid I went to the second engineers wedding to an Aussie girl and unfortunately he went missing with the ship a few weeks later. Still have a photo of them at the wedding. There's a SA guy here at the moment who has bought a Chinese Nanchang trainer (like a yak53) and he really puts it to good use, - it's certainly no 'hanger queen'like a lot of others. He's out every weekend barreling round the sky (doing aerobatics last week).
SA pilots here all seem very good and well trained and I think a lot are ex SAAF. I mentioned a while back, the guy who owned our biggest hobby shop, Daroish Kraidy was an excellent pilot and had won competitions in orienteering in SA and came 2nd in the world champs before his death ( went out in his Acro sport bipe over the sea one day and deliberately didn't come back) Nice guy, real shame. Felt sad for his kid as they were always building and flying models
together at shows and events, see vid