Your destinations for early Jan would require your boat to be just as prepared as a trip up to the BOI. Barrier and Mercs are not to be taken lightly. Colville chanel is as bad as anything you will get going north.
When in Samoa during cyclone Val, radio broadcasts where telling everyone to try and preserve human life. That makes you fell a little uneasy. Locals told us it's like the end of the world. They weren't far wrong.
I note a lot of input required by Maori. Why and who keeps paying for the gravy train, the ratpayer or the exarerbators, whoever an exarerbator is. Does this include fizz boat owners who drag thier boats from region to region.