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Steve Kirner


Portfolio – National Safety Officer
Joined 1976 – Served for the past decade on Canterbury Branch and is current Chairman. Inaugural Competition Branch Treasurer and second Chairman


Lives north of Christchurch with wife of 38 years Heather in one of their own Natural Habitat Homes and has three grown up kids, Brad, Luke and Emma

First Boat:

Lancer with Leyland P76 V8 and Hamilton 753 unit

Current Boat:

A very old Kauri jet that is slowly being restored… and Ted Sagar has promised him the first Rivercraft from his Alexandra workshop

Favourite Boat (shouldn’t have sold it!):

#3 Rivercraft 4.6, 302 Windsor V8 and Hamilton 773

About Steve:

Owns and operates Natural Habitat Homes NZ Ltd importing natural timber and log homes from the USA and working harder than he has in his life. Proud to have helped change attitudes toward tunnel hulls, successfully racing them in the 1980s. (Kwikkraft tunnel, 351 Cleveland V8 and Berkeley won 11 from 11 races and set records across NZ) Dedicated enormous time over the last five years developing a
training regime and manual to help new Jet Boaters come to terms with their Jet Boats.


People that enthused and inspired Steve are racing legends like John Watson, John Heslop, Howard Smith, Allan Bull and Mark Cromie. Totally addicted to Jet Boating and especially enjoys introducing new members to safe Jet Boating practices. “There is no better pleasure than the smile on their face when everything ‘clicks’ into place for a new boater.