There are plans to sink a 60m-long ship off Mana Island, northwest of Wellington, for use as a dive wreck.



The move follows the granting of resource consent to a charitable trust, SinkF69, to sink HMNZS Wellington off Wellington's south coast.



Business Porirua managing director Mandy Natusch said local businesses wanted to sink a ship off Mana Island's north-east coast, which was well-protected from high seas and easy for dive boats to access.



SinkF69 chairman Marco Zeeman said HMNZS Wellington was likely to be sunk near Taputeranga Island in 2005.

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