THE global yachting community is mourning the unexpected death of Chris “Kiwi” Moorhouse who died from a sudden heart attack in New Zealand on Tuesday. He had just celebrated his 64th birthday on August 8. Before starting work as a photographer in Polynesia, he served in the New Zealand navy and eventually made his way to London where he enjoyed a highly successful career on Fleet Street before moving to Majorca where he set up his yacht photography business which took him all over the world photographing the luxury yachts of the rich, royal and powerful. From his Porto Pi studio and office he established a reputation as one of the world's leading photographers and was the life and soul of the local yachting community here in Majorca. For us here at the Bulletin he was a vital source of information, and humour, and had his finger constantly on the pulse.
If Kiwi Chris did not know, no one would and it was not probably worth worrying about any way.
Chris bid farewell to Majorca four years ago when he moved back “home” to New Zealand and set up a new photography studio in Akaroa.
He had only recently recovered from cancer behind the eye, which cost him half his sight in one eye, and was about to embark on building a new house with a colleague. On Tuesday at 10am, he sat down and never got up again.
Chris has been missed ever since he left Majorca but will now be missed in ports and marinas across the world.
The funeral will take place in Akaroa on Tuesday while at the Club de Mar bar in Palma, friends and colleagues will gather “to raise a glass” in memory of the legendary Chris Moorhouse.


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