About us

We are responsible for the safety, security and environmental protection of New Zealand’s seas, rivers and lakes.

What we do touches the lives of many New Zealanders, as well as international visitors and sea-borne traffic – on a daily basis.

This is true whether you are a recreational boatie, a commercial operator, port authority, certified seafarer, or a regional council responding to an oil spill.

Our maritime environment is vital to New Zealand’s prosperity, security and social wellbeing – providing valuable employment, trade, tourism and recreational opportunities.

Maritime New Zealand public profile.
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Read about the latest developments and frameworks being implemented for world shipping.

Updates from IMO

Learn about the latest standards being developed for the world shipping industry.
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Careers centre

View our current vacancies, find out what it is like to work for MNZ and the diverse roles of those who work for us.
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What we do

People and structure

Get a snapshot of our people, the work they do and our organisation’s structure.

Our people and structure

Our Chief Executive

Maritime Officers

People we work with


As a Crown entity, our governance and management are separate, and governance responsibilities are overseen by a government minister.

Our ministers and governance

Our funding

Funding enables us to perform services and functions for the maritime sector.

Our funding

The Maritime Levy

Oil Pollution Levy (OPL)

Changes to our funding


Read about the functions and responsibilities around communicating, applying and enforcing the legislation we administer.

Legislation and regulations

Legislation we administer

Careers with us

Find out what it’s like to work for Maritime New Zealand, view what jobs are available, and see how you can apply.

Careers with us

Working for MNZ

CEO’s message

Corporate publications

As a Crown entity, we have a responsibility to report to parliament and the public on our performance.

Annual reports

Statements of intent

Statement of Performance Expectations