A team of fearless Northland divers has smashed the world record in a gruelling underwater sport: Extreme Ironing.
Many a grown man has been known to run screaming from an ironing board even under ordinary circumstances, but last Friday a record 55 athletes braved creases, synthetic shirts and shonky boards - under 30m of water.
An Australian team is also claiming the record after 70 divers ironed their laundry in an indoor swimming pool. However, as the ironing was conducted indoors, it is unlikely to be accepted as "extreme".
Speculation in diving circles is rife that the next record bid will involve extreme underwater dusting or extreme underwater pikelet flipping.