Just playing Devils advocate here a little bit.
If he had of ended up on the Rocks somewhere or upside down and a rescue had of been needed, what would the reaction on here have been ?
Something along the lines of:
WTF was a relatively inexperienced sailor doing attempting that Journey single handed, at this time of year. Him and his vessel were not properly prepared, as evidenced by the failure of his communications equipment and his failure to stick to his pre arranged passage plan?
I certainly don't agree with MNZ / Coastguard / Police dragging him in but it seems to me that we would be quick to condemn the Yachtie if things had gone tits up.
I also wonder why he did not put into Gisbourne to fix his battery problems