About us

We are responsible for 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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Maritime NZ rates high for public sector reputation

Maritime NZ has been rated second highest for public sector reputation in the most comprehensive research of its kind in New Zealand. In 2016 Maritime NZ was rated fourth.

Colmar Brunton released the results of its second independent Public Sector Reputation Index, in which more than 2,000 people had been interviewed about 39 national public sector organisations. The survey measured leadership, fairness, social responsibility and trust. The public rated New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) highest, followed by Maritime NZ. Under the international scale used by Colmar Brunton the top 10 per cent of commercial brands are in the highest category, those scoring above 105. The top five New Zealand public sector scores were: NZFS 129, Maritime NZ scored 111, Department of Conservation 110, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority 109, and Civil Aviation Authority 108. NZFS and Maritime NZ scores were unchanged from 2016.

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What we do

Ensuring maritime activities are done safely, securely with little impact on the environment.



Safety and response

Maritime security

Policy development

International Engagement

Our standards of service

History of MNZ

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

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